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September 29, 2012

I just couldn’t let September end this way!

Filed under: Walking the Dogs,What's Blooming — Karma @ 10:08 am
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Gee, what a slow and blue blogging month it has been for me.  The End of the Earth and the End of Summer – that’s all I blogged about.  I couldn’t let it end this way.  I did get out and take some cheerful pictures last weekend, the first weekend of autumn.

In the comments of the “Transition” post that I linked to up there, Michaela and  I were having a little discussion about taking pictures of pretty flowers in someone else’s yard and whether we should do it.  For several years now, I’ve admired the dahlias in the front yard of a house up the street a little ways from here.  They are right along the sidewalk, and I’ve always meant to tote my camera along and take some pictures.  This time I finally did it.  I’m afraid this is really not a  great representation of all the beauty in this yard.  I still felt a little funny shooting someone else’s flowers, so I just did it quickly, didn’t change lenses when I probably should have and got back in my car really quickly!

Dahlias 1

Dahlias 2

Dahlias 3

This last shot gives you the proof of where I was standing, plus it is a really cool looking dahlia:
Dahlias 4

The dogs and I also went on our first walk of the autumn season.  There were still plenty of wildflowers in bloom and the air was warm, so it did help ease my transition and my mood.

I thought this looked like a little bouquet that Mama Nature had left behind:

natural bouquet

All along the path, I found little reminders that there is beauty to be had in all seasons.

autumn grasses

wild flowers 1

wild flowers 2

Queen Anne's lace

In addition, as October approaches (would you believe I just typed “August” there instead of “October”?  Apparently my wishful thinking continues), I hope to rejuvenate my blogging habits.  Robin, over at Life in the Bogs has provided links to NaBloPoMo’s blogging prompts for October.  While I am sure I will not make the commitment to blogging every day in October, the prompts provide some interesting food-for-blog-thought.  I’m hoping to tackle a few – maybe you’d like to also?

wild flowers 3

Robin provides more inspiration in her idea for a group blog walk.  She had mentioned over the summer about how she’d like to take a really long walk someplace she doesn’t always walk, take photographs and blog about it.  She suggested some of us might enjoy doing the same.  I may have helped a little bit in this inspiration by suggesting that she turn it into a blog-along type of event by choosing a time period to complete the walk and allowing us to share our blog posts with her.  She chose the week of October 8th, and I’m hoping to participate if Columbus Day provides this area with some nice weather.  I hope you’ll think about walking along with us.

fading susans

I will have to decide soon if there will be an October photo hunt too. If inspiration strikes me, I will try to post something during the first week of the month.

Now, that’s a bit better, right? No more gloomy funk. Here’s a better kind of funk to end the month 😉

September 22, 2012

Funking Out in Every Way

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 7:35 pm
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Boy, what a funk I’ve found myself in today.  Today is the official beginning of autumn.  Coincidence?  I think not!  As much as I’d love to blame the start of fall for my mood, in all fairness, it really wasn’t at fault.  For most of the day, the weather was nothing but lovely. This mood that I’m in, however, will allow me to present my feelings about the end of summer with unvarnished truth.

storm clouds rolling in

I think regular readers of this blog already know about how I feel concerning summer’s demise.  How apropos to find gray clouds blotting out the sun as I searched out the subjects of my photos for Scott’s assignment.  The sky mirrored the feelings in my head and my heart today.

shades of gray

The golden warmth of a summer day that warms my soul and my toes will soon be whisked away as we barrel head on toward the cold and drizzle of the months to come.
shriveling dahlia

Memories of summer packed away, awaiting better days.
Beach supplies packed away

No one is splashing, swimming, floating, enjoying the pool any longer as my raft lies abandoned, dry and deflating and awaiting closure.
Sorry pool float

And my boys of summer. As sad a story as there could be. Their season nearly over before it began, officially eliminated from play-offs, just playing out the month. My Red Sox bear hides his face.
Sad Red Sox bear

I promise I’ll snap out of it.  This funk won’t rule this blog, or my life for long.  This post was my contribution to Scott’s assignment “End of Summer.”  There is still time for you to participate – posts are due by midnight your time on Wednesday, September 26th.

September 15, 2012

Transition

Hello there bloggers, readers, family and friends.  I’ve missed you!  This blog has been quiet for almost two weeks.  It wasn’t really on purpose or a blogging break; I think the blogging muse in my head has simply been silent.  I’m honestly not sure if other parts of my brain tied her up and took her hostage or if she just stepped out for a while.  Either way, she’s back this morning.  I have such a mix of feelings and thoughts and photos to share, I’m not sure how this blog post will eventually come out, but if you’re ready for what will likely be a bumpy ride, join me for a spell.

This time of year is generally a rollercoaster ride of emotions for me.  I feel a deep sadness at the passing of summer.  (By the way, Scott has a new photo assignment posted about just this subject – be sure to have a look!)  I’m not ready to let the heat and bright sunshine and lazy days go just yet.
phlox

Memories of summer vacation are still fresh in my mind, but that place seems so very far away right now.

the cottage

However, I can’t live in the past, so I do try to appreciate the beauty of the season to come.  I do admit that fading summer/early autumn does present some beautiful light, and I was drawn outside with my 50mm lens the other afternoon.  I’m not sure why, but I’ve found the 50mm often does a lovely job of capturing true colors and a soft-but-sharp-at-the-same-time focus (if any photog-types have a reason for this that you can explain, feel free to do so in the comments).  These dahlias I planted in my whiskey barrel planter have been gorgeous all summer, but I never felt quite able to capture them until I took the nifty-fifty to them:

Dahlias #1

Dahlias #2

Dahlias #3

It is hard to deny that autumn is on the way when the goldenrod appears.

Goldenrod

This monarch butterfly kind of looks like how I feel: it seems to be trying to take in the last that summer has to offer, while surrounded by encroaching fall.

monarch in butterfly bushes

(Perhaps I should have saved this one for Scott’s assignment?)

I know that fans of autumn will remind me of all the goodness fall has to offer.  Warm, golden afternoons, crisp nights, crunchy apples, hot cider, rainbows of foliage.  I do enjoy them all.  But for now, allow me to mourn and maybe wallow just a bit in my sadness about, the passing of my favorite season.

 

September 3, 2012

It’s the Ends of the Earth as We Know It

Did anyone else have this song playing through your head when you thought of the photo hunt this time around?  You definitely will if you click the play button while you read through the wrap-up of all the awesome participants who played along this time!  Thirteen of you submitted photos for the hunt, including many first-time players.

The very first submission was from a first-timer, and she posted the August photo hunt before it was even August!  Lynne from Beyond the Brush featured two photos with words that back up the position of being at the end of the earth as well as a fascinating shot from a place many of us may never get the chance to see.  I’m glad you found me for the hunt, Lynne!

Sybil over at Eastern Passage Passage was another early-bird photo hunter with a very different take on the hunt.  She presents an ethereal looking end of the earth with each of her shots enveloped in fog.

Ellen of Taj MuttHall has posted an amazing series of photos with a wide variety of considerations of the ends of the earth.  As she says, she shows us places that look like there is nothing beyond them as well as locations that look like the earth could literally be coming to an end.

Isa’s Threads of Life shows us some beautiful Swiss Alps and a variety of other locations.  I love the para-glider “sailing away to end of the earth” as well as her take on an extreme, showing the fearlessness of youth.

Could there be a more mysterious place to find the end of the earth than the place once known as the dark continent?  Truels takes us away to Africa to contemplate the far reaches of the Serengeti.

Robin of Life in the Bogs always brings a magical touch to the photo hunt, and she did not disappoint this time around.  She sweeps us from one end of this continent to the other with gorgeous shots looking down on clouds in the Rocky Mountains to distant looking vistas of Nova Scotia.

Beauty, life and our whole selves are considered in Kathy from Lake Superior Spirit’s entry.  Kathy is a writer who always challenges me to think differently about the world around me, and her hunt does this with both photos and words.

Scott of Views Infinitum put a new spin on the photo hunt and tried to mess with our minds a little bit by taking us to the Twilight Zone!  Go check out a pretty cool look at a “distant alien planet”!

Long time reader but first time photo-hunter Holly of Photo by Holly, hunted in her archives to a favorite vacation, a Carribbean cruise.  She had to endure some scary rough waters, but got the chance to take some shots that looked like she could have been sailing off the end of the earth!

Another first-timer Kristen found her way over to the blog and shares a photo on Flickr.  She explains that she doesn’t feel she’s ever been to a place that feels like the end of the earth, so she shared a shot of her young son exploring the boundaries of his little world.  Very sweet, Kristen!

North America, Europe, Africa and now on to Australia!  This has to be my most intercontinental photo hunt yet!  Joanne from Home Life Online was inspired to pop out of a little blogging respite to participate in the hunt and I’m glad she did!  Joanne and I have been “bumping into each other” in the blogosphere on mutual blog-friends’ blogs but never really “talked” to each other.  I’m glad we have now with a look at the land down under and some beautiful sweeping views of a place that would definitely be an end of the earth.

Carol’s “wandering mind” takes us to places that look like you might not make it back if you weren’t careful!  Lonely roads, a crater and the badlands give us a somewhat sinister feel for the end of the earth.

My own photo hunt was here, where I took you to three places dear to my heart: Cape Cod,  Hills Beach in Biddeford, Maine and my own home town.

Finally, Dawn, my original inspiration for this month’s hunt, shows us a great variety of ends of the earth at her new blog address! (Dawn’s had some server issues recently so if you’d ever so kindly update your links if you are a follower of Dawn’s she’d appreciate it!)  Thanks again, Dawn, for kicking my mind into gear that morning back in July!

I hope everyone enjoyed the August photo hunt.  How fitting that a photo hunt theme “ends of the earth” really did take us to places at all different ends of this planet of ours.  I hope you’ll have the chance to visit all of our photo-hunters a leave them a little love in their comments sections.