Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

September 15, 2012


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.

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.


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.



  1. Hope your photos and your memories of summer are able to warm your heart through the coming seasons.

    Comment by sybil — September 15, 2012 @ 10:14 am | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil – that is a kind thought.

      Comment by Karma — September 16, 2012 @ 8:30 am | Reply

  2. You’ve perfectly captured the ambiance we often feel at this time of year, Karma. It’s almost an aching of the heart as one season wanes and another begins. The dahlias are lovely, as is the butterfly. As are your words.

    Comment by Kathy — September 15, 2012 @ 11:44 am | Reply

    • It is a tough time of year for me, Kathy, so the words are simply the truth – thank you.

      Comment by Karma — September 16, 2012 @ 8:31 am | Reply

  3. The dahlias are beautiful!

    Comment by catbirdinoman — September 15, 2012 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

  4. Beautiful – all – words and pictures. I do not so much regret the arrival of autumn, but I do regret very much the fact that it does not last longer. I would be most happy with a long spring – once the real spring arrives here – and a very long autumn, with shorter summers and much shorter winters.

    Comment by Caroll — September 15, 2012 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Carol. A much shorter winter sounds fabulous to me.

      Comment by Karma — September 16, 2012 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  5. This morning I am having morning tea with my daughters, followed by a trip to the garden centre. I have a list of plants I plan on buying and I’ve just added dahlia’s to that list! I hadn’t realised how stunning the flowers were, and would like to add them to my garden, as we head into the warmer months of the year. I’m giving my garden a thorough “spring clean” just now. If you have snow in your area during winter, I will enjoy seeing the cold weather photos, as I melt in the summer’s heat! 🙂

    Comment by Joanne — September 15, 2012 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

    • Dahlias come in many wonderful colors – so have fun shopping for them. Perhaps it would be different for you in your part of the world, as I don’t know how harsh your winters are, but here in the northeast, dahlia “tubers” have to be lifted from the ground and protected from the cold if you would like the same plant to bloom again the next year. Mine are in a planted and are relatively small, but I’ve seen dahlias grow to be very large as well.
      There’s definitely snow around here in the winter. We had such a dry summer that we are pretty much expecting to get piles of snow this winter.

      Comment by Karma — September 16, 2012 @ 8:37 am | Reply

      • We have very mild winters here, and I have planted a few dahlias around the garden, so hope they do well during our hot summer months! I’ll look forward to seeing your snow photos, they cool me down during the heat, and are what I look forward to the most in the middle of summer! 🙂

        Comment by Joanne — October 6, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

  6. I feel the same sense of sadness about summer ending. But I’m trying to feel happy about fall…

    Thanks for the help on my blog! 🙂

    Comment by dawnkinster — September 16, 2012 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

    • Glad I could be helpful Dawn!

      Comment by Karma — September 18, 2012 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  7. So nice to come here and see some flowers! They’re beautiful! (Not much blooming around here anymore)
    Summer always goes by too fast, especially the days/weeks we spend on vacation away from home. And although I’m happy to have the kids back in school, having to shuttle them back and forth every day IS a bit annoying 😉

    Comment by TheDailyClick — September 21, 2012 @ 5:37 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Michaela. Not a whole lot left blooming around here either – it’ll be time to go get some mums to get me through the season soon. Although there is a house up the street with tons of different types of dahlias in bloom that I’ve always wanted to photograph, but would feel strange standing on the sidewalk shooting someone else’s flowers. Maybe I should just “man up” and do it, lol!

      Comment by Karma — September 22, 2012 @ 8:42 am | Reply

      • I’m the same way when I see pretty flowers in someone else’s yard. Even thought about knocking on their door to ask if they mind, but haven’t done that yet either LOL

        Comment by TheDailyClick — September 22, 2012 @ 8:50 am

  8. Lovely, bittersweet post, Karma. I understand the passing of a favorite season, and think you should take all the time you need to do so. All of the photos are wonderful, but I particularly like (love) the dahlias. The color is delightful. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — September 22, 2012 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Robin. I’ve found myself in a deep funk today – the official start of autumn. It wasn’t just the season causing the funk, but it feels better to throw the blame that way! On my way to writing my post for Scott’s assignment while this mood is enveloping me.

      Comment by Karma — September 22, 2012 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

  9. […] 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 […]

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