I don't speak Japanese, but I did some research and this is the closest thing I could find using various translation sites to be the equivalent of Autumn's Grace. In english letters it is "aki no megumi". Most translating sites had trouble distinguishing the word autumn from fall, often interchanging them. (I offer this explanation to those that might be proficient in Japanese to apologize if I have it wrong - blame google).The idea of using the Japanese title is symbolic of the wonderful location where this tree can be found, the Portland Japanese Garden. The garden is an amazing place, and this Japanese maple has become one of the most photographed trees on the planet. Landscape photographers from all over the world travel to Portland each fall to try and capture their version of this spectacular gift from nature. Timing the trip is difficult. I have been to the garden four times and while I have some great images, this is the first year that I timed the visit to catch the peak fall colors of this amazing tree. The trunk offers a wonderful graphic design with the beautiful leaves offering a spectacular background of color and texture.
I chose the title Autumn's Grace to symbolize the grace which my beautiful wife accepted and lived with her crippling illness, wearing a constant smile despite the pain and discomfort even in her final days. This annual fundraiser hasn't met with much success so far, and all 3 of the offerings are still available, but this year I have placed some serious thought and effort into the choice, offering one of my best images I have ever photographed and making many sizes available to fit any budget. Additionally I will be displaying all of the offerings in the gallery in Park City so this fundraiser will be exposed to the many who visit there.
This year the image will be offered as an open edition, which means it can continue to be sold into the future. I believe this will be my approach from now on, eventually having a collection of some of my best work to choose from.
The image will be offered in many sizes and priced at a special price point below my regular prices making them a great value for a worthy cause in remembrance of my wife, Marsha. For example, a 14x7.5" Legacy Fine Art print double matted in a 14x20 8 ply museum mat board in black or white ready for framing will only be $99 + tax and shipping. Also available will be my new LumiVista contemporary frameless mount in sizes from 30" to 84" long, discounted substantial from my normal gallery prices.
All profits from the sale of these images will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the name of Marsha Fox.