I was a week late on this picture this year but I kind of like seeing the transition and also seeing the track bed turned yellow from the leaves. Those tracks have been running through The Commons since the 1840s.
Love the dog running photo, Sil. I don't normally go for photos on angle like that, but that's a good use of the technique. Plus, the dog being almost vertical in the photo helps, and the angle lends itself to the action in the photo. Also, it has a great dog in the photo. Nice!
workerant, there's a lot that's great about that photo, like the dog running into the sharpness of the depth of field, and the light in the background. There are stories in that one, and that's what are the best photographs for me. Certainly there's a lot of luck to be had when taking photographs, but recognizing your lucky ones as good (or your thoughtfully composed ones) is the art. When you start recognizing what it is you like about your "good" photographs, that becomes a part of your subconscious, and so when you take these hurried "lucky" photographs, there is a lot of learned activity going through your brain that sets it up. Yours is my favorite photo of the day, so take credit for taking a good one! You deserve it!!!
P.S. the awesome dog helps with the photo too, and deserves an extra treat for being awesome. ;)