Photo Challenge 2016- Autumn

Autumn in New England is a grand thing.

The cold nights drive the bugs back to the depths of the hienus hell bogs from whence they came.

That in itself, would be reason to celebrate but as an added bonus (or just nature’s apology for the summer’s unreasonable humidity,) the mountains and valleys transform into living stained glass.

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Thousands of words have been composed, typed and published in an effort to describe the beauty of a fall forest.

It is etherial.  A living church window.

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I feel this inescapable need to capture some bit of the breathtaking display and make a little piece of it mine.

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Even the lakes are not immune to the compulsion.

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Though it is quite possible, they just happened to be there.

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Everyday on my drive I think; “I should take a picture of (insert name for special tree here) soon.  Tomorrow maybe…”

“Not now.”

“It’s not ready yet.”  Then, the wind takes half of it away and I think, “I should have done it yesterday.”

Even when you pick the perfect day for that particular tree, there is no way to capture the magnificence of a backwoods autumn in anything less than itself.

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However, I lack the good sense to stop trying.

img_4333img_4435The leaves don’t give off light, they make the most of the light they are given.  More like tie dye mercury, than flame.

A sunny day turns this:

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Into this:

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Autumn glory!  Simple leafs, elevating the landscape for a brief time before falling to the ground.  Where they will wait for the snow.

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Such a beautiful daily reminder of the impermanence of everything except change.  Buddha would approve.

Be well.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Ah, glorious autumn in Maine. Thanks for sharing. Xx

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    1. elliwest2014 says:

      I love seeing your island seasons, it reminds me of home, especially the seaweed snacks!

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  2. Stunningly beautiful photos!

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    1. elliwest2014 says:

      THANK YOU, the trees did all the work 🙂

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  3. Denis1950 says:

    An amazing photo essay of Autumn colour

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  4. What a beautiful collection of photographs. We have more browns than reds and golds here but I too love to photograph a beautiful autumn tree when I seeit.

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    1. elliwest2014 says:

      Yep, there is something about it that makes you want to prove it happened and was as awesome as you thought. The pictures never do it justice 🙂 THANK YOU !

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  5. Stunning! Such rich, vivid colors; tie-dye mercury, as you’ve so eloquently stated it. Lovely post.

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    1. elliwest2014 says:

      Why thank you! It took me years of observation to express why the trees are not “aflame” or nearly “colorful.” Truly a case where the sum is more than the parts. Thank you for reading! Be well.

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