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September 5, 2011

Back to the Woods

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Summer is slipping through our fingers, I’m sad to say.  Although autumn doesn’t officially begin until September 23rd this year, today, Labor Day, often feels like the end of the season.  It didn’t feel like summer was over to Daphne when I took this picture though!  Let me back up a little.

Saturday morning seemed like it was to be one of those delightful days – a nice one for either summer or fall – with wispy clouds, gentle breezes and a high of 80°.  I hadn’t taken the dogs for a walk in the woods for weeks, mostly because the last time we did so,  they came back covered in ticks or the days had started out just too humidly for me to want to make the trek.  I decided we would avoid the tall grasses and hope for the best this time out.

I was rewarded with beautiful sights along our path, looking so different from when Becky and I went out together back in the spring, or even from some of our early summer walks.

The old tractor path we follow was lush and green, forming almost tunnel-like feeling
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This field of tall grasses developed a purply-pink color that I don’t remember seeing before – I think it is just this particular type of grass gone to seed.
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Wild black-eyed susans,
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milkweed,

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and goldenrod were in full bloom
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Giant dragonflies hovered above the fields, though I struggled to capture them in a photo:

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And just for you, Kathy, I even found a mushroom I could consider a little bit beautiful in its pink color:
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The dogs and I happily ambled along the paths, a few times turned around by impasses likely created by Irene, but had a thoroughly enjoyable walk.  A small swamp with a running stream across part of our path was a bit larger at this time of the year, after the significant rain we’ve had recently, which gets me back to the picture at the beginning of my post.  The last time I showed this part of our walk, it looked like this:

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It was the end of March, and warm for that time of year, but probably at least 20 degrees cooler than this past Saturday.  I didn’t think it was overly warm out, but then I wasn’t wearing a fur coat!
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Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend!  Have a wonderful week.

November 19, 2010

A Rainbow of Autumn

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I’d been trying to come up with a unique way to present my favorite fall photos for Scott Thomas’s assignment this month, when I thought of rainbows.  I was treated to a couple rainbows recently, and managed to get a few pictures, so I decided to present some of my favorite autumn shots in a rainbow of colors.
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Red macoun apple

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Is this pink mum close enough to fit in the red category?

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Orange beach

Classic combination

Classic combination of cat and orange pumpkin

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Summer fades away like the sunflower, giving way to..

yellow yard

yellow leaves

green pond

green pond

sunny pine

green pine needles in afternoon sun

blue pond

shiny blue pond

Peregrine falcon

I saw this peregrine falcon soaring in the bright blue sky while I was raking leaves last weekend.

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I made purple grape jelly for the first time ever this fall

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and saw a lovely purple sky.

While I was composing this blog post, I had the lyrics to one of my favorite songs in my head, “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley:

Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach,

You can feel it in the air, the summer’s out of reach,

Empty lake, empty streets, the sun goes down alone…

Thanks again, Scott, for another fun assignment.  I will be looking forward to the assignments of 2011!

November 14, 2010

A Walk by Myself

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As perhaps many of you did, I had this past Thursday off from work.  Thanks, Veterans!  You are appreciated for what you do. 

Since I had the day off, I took advantage of some crisp, sunny, weather and actually went for a walk by myself.  I was in the mood for some quiet contemplating and picture taking, so I went out without the dogs and got in the car.  I drove just a short distance to a little place here in town that I don’t often give much thought to, Spec Pond.  Spec is short for “spectacle” because there are actually two small ponds close together that look like a pair of spectacles when viewed from above.  I explored this little, local recreation area and came away with some shots that made me happy.

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Afternoon sun shimmering on the pond

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Sunlit leaves

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Pond from the woods with quiet geese in the water

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A full mouth!

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A group of three.  What is it about the number 3?  Does it contain a certain magic?  As photographers, we always try to remember the rule of thirds.  Good or bad things are said to happen in three’s.  Three is always a special number in fairy tales – 3 bears, 3 pigs, 3 wishes.  And out of all the shots of the geese that I took this day, this one of the 3 geese I found most aesthetically pleasing.

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Trying to be artsy with a cattail and sun low in the sky

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Late afternoon shadow of photographer

It was a peaceful afternoon.  Andre and I spent some quality time together.  I’m trying out “Andre” for Camera’s name.  It was my sister’s suggestion and I think it is kind of cute due to this.  Although hubby tried to get my goat recently by saying he has named my camera “EWOT” – expensive waste of time!  I disagree!

November 10, 2010

Photo Assignment Time at Scott’s Place

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It is time once again for a photo assignment at Scott’s place.  This time,  however, you may already have the work done!  The assignment is Autumn 2010.  Scott’s looking for a variety of shots representing the season and you can share as few or as many as you’d like.  I pretty much spent last month doing just that with the “Picture Fall” class, so I am thinking I will probably be culling some of my favorites from the month, plus maybe a few others I haven’t had the chance to share yet, for my submission for Scott’s assignment.

In the meantime, if anyone has any shooting ideas for this not-favorite month of mine, I’d be oh-so-pleased if you’d share them in the comments.  I find myself missing my daily photo prompt emails from last month!

October 9, 2010

What Remains – Picture Fall, day 9

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I couldn’t decide today which picture I liked better for today’s photo prompt – so I submitted both to the class’s photo gallery.  Will you tell me which one you would have picked?  We were instructed to find something that just isn’t willing to let go.  Kinda like me and my feelings about summer!  I had two pretty hangers-on left in my yard:

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A tiny bit of butterfly bush (surrounded by faded bloom bokeh) and…

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… a zinnia bud, still waiting to bloom.

Of course this prompt got me thinking a bit deeper than just the flowers in my backyard.  However, I couldn’t decide how I’d picture how not ready I will be in less than 3 years to let my older daughter go off to college!

October 4, 2010

Morning Light – Picture Fall, day 4

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I was wondering how this photography class might work out for me on days when I was quite busy.  I didn’t get to read email today until lunch time, but ended up finding it quite serendipitous that today’s photo prompt was Morning Light.  This past Saturday morning, I got up to let the dogs out and make my coffee.  Upon opening the door for Daphne and Teddy, I was taken by the gorgeous morning light.  Coffee forgotten, I ran for my camera.  The leaves that I was having trouble photographing for day one of picture fall were suddenly sparkling and beautiful.  My new mums were glorious with the previous day’s rain drops and golden sunshine.  And rising from my sodden, wooden, backyard fence, billows of evaporating steam lit up by the sun.  Our instructor said to find something that whispers the reassurance needed to ease into the day ahead.  I was ready for a wonderful day when I started it off photographing the beauty that nature had to offer me Saturday morning.  And on a day that hasn’t been quite so long and draining, (I will spare you the tedious details) I will share with you some of the other photos I took that morning that made me so happy.

I’ve got another song to go with my post today.  I promise it isn’t annoying like the one I shared in the “Jelly” post.  It is a song from my childhood which popped into my head while I was writing this post.  Music from my childhood and teenage years plays prominently in my thoughts on a fairly regular basis, so I thought I’d share some with you from time to time, when it seems to fit, as I’ve done in a few other posts.

October 3, 2010

Unexpected Beauty – Picture Fall, day 3

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Today’s photo prompt challenged us to find the beauty in starkness.  The “easy” beauty of spring and summer is now fading away, and we were supposed to look in an unexpected spot to find something that might not necessarily be considered beautiful.  I took some photos today of dead and dying blossoms, pinecones, and dried out herbs.  Then I wandered toward the very back of my property toward a forgotten hydrangea plant.  The tiny petals had become delicate, papery, “ghosts” of their former selves.  Dappled sunshine, fallen leaves and pine needles, and a large aperture provided me with a blur of autumn colors for a background.

September 30, 2010

Picturing Fall

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I’m starting a new thing tomorrow… an online phtography class called “Picture Fall.”  I added a  badge over there on the side; you can click there and check it out if you want.  Becky over at Rebecca the Housewrecka turned me on to this idea when I followed her “Picture Summer” shots this past July.  From what I understand, it is a month long class that gives you photo prompts, instructions and tips by email each morning, then you share your pictures in their gallery and at your blog, if you’d like.  I don’t know if I’ll get a shot posted here everyday, but I will definitely try to get to the prompt each day.  Come check out what I’m up to throughout October! 🙂

September 27, 2010

A Lovely Autumn Day, part 1

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As much as I mourn the passing of summer, my family and I enjoyed a beauty of an autumn day this past Saturday.  The temperatures felt more like summer – it was in the 80’s – but you can’t deny that New England foliage, which is, along with virtually everything else this year, ahead of schedule.  This scene was found in Whately, MA at a place called:
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Whately is nearly an hour’s drive north from where I live.  I discovered this place last year when I missed out on picking my favorite type of apples, macouns, more locally.  It was Columbus Day weekend last year, and they had already gone by at the local orchard, so I researched “pick-your-own” farms further north, reasoning that they might still have them on the trees.  I was right!  We made a nice day last year of picking apples and heading down the road a short distance to the famous “scenter of the universe,” the flagship store for Yankee Candle.  We all enjoyed Quonquont Farm last year so we decided to head back.  Imagine my surprise arriving at the orchard this year, two weeks earlier than last year, to discover the macouns had  pretty much been picked.

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The helpful woman working at the farm that day explained that they had a late frost in May this year which damaged a lot of the young apples on the lower parts of the trees.  The farm folks picked the macouns from the tops of the trees and placed them in the boxes from which people could choose.  Disappointed but not deterred, we filled a 1/2 bushel bag with macouns, then set out to fill another bag with a variety of other apples.
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Some of the apples were up a little higher, like these:
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..but that didn’t stop this family from getting the ones we wanted:
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Sarah (above) goes after the apples with gusto!  Meghan (below) hauls part of our haul:
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We paid the helpful woman for our apples (you can see her, back turned in the shot below) and headed back to the car.
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As we did so, I heard my husband muttering under his breath and looking at the bottom of his shoe.  No, it wasn’t that!  He had stepped on a rotten apple while we were in the orchard, which would end up having a direct effect on his lovely autumn day, part 2.  Be sure to tune  in tomorrow to see what happened!  (And if you already know what happened after reading it on a certain social networking site, please don’t give it away! )

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