Friday, September 26, 2008

September Stroll

Come walk with me. There's no need for a jacket just yet - the mornings are still warm and slightly humid. Put on your comfy shoes and we'll walk through the field and woods, to the creek. While we stroll along, see if you can guess which songs are represented by the snippets of lyrics written in pink, below each photo, and please remember to click on each of the images to enlarge them.

1 "The sun pours down like honey..."
Away from the main path and close to the shore, these flowers had grown tall - just about eye-level. I noticed how the sunlight was filtering through the trees, giving an almost sepia appearance, so I crouched down to capture flowers, branches and sunlight all together.

2 "Spinning at the mercy of an unrelenting force..."
A spider scrambles across its dew-dotted web to claim its breakfast.

3 "The autumn leaves of red and gold..."
The sun catches and illuminates the red and golden tones of the changing leaves. Soon there will be more red than green.

4 "Out past the cornfields where the woods got heavy..."
These woods were heavy with a fungus. Mushrooms are growing like steps in the bark of the tree.

5 "Step by step, one by one, higher and higher..."
An up close and personal look at this growth.

6 " Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high"
September is the time when the salmon are making their way upstream. This is the same spot where trout were jumping in the spring. Every minute or so, you can see one of them attempt to jump its way up the fish ladder. Some make it, and disappear from view. Some hit the wall with a sickening thud. This one made it.

7 "I know nothing about fishing but just watch me go..."
Inside the trash bag, are one or two that got hooked before they had the chance to jump the ladder. This angler seemed pleased with his catch.

8 "Look at the flowers and the green grass so tall..."
Late in the afternoon, the sunlight saturates the wildflowers with deep, rich hues.

9 "Those water-coloured memories, soft as a summer's breeze..."
On this day the creek was like glass, reflecting the trees in its surface. There were several salmon swimming just beneath which continued to make their way upstream.

10 "But there are times that you feel you're part of the scenery..."
Up ahead, Benny catches up to Frank while making multiple detours along the way. So much to sniff!

11 "Keep on smilin' thru the rain..."
The day is done. Back at Frank's place after the sun has set and rain clouds moved through, leaving raindrop-spattered leaves.

12 "Got to sit down, take a rest on the porch..."
Outdoor lighting illuminates the back deck revealing plants which have begun to look September-weary.

Lyrics answers (not necessarily by the original artist).

1 - Suzanne - Leonard Cohen

2 - Nexus - Dan Fogelberg

3 - Autumn Leaves - Eva Cassidy

4 - Night Moves - Bob Seger

5 - Jacob's Ladder - Bruce Hornsby and the Range

6 - Summertime - Janis Joplin

7 - Gone Fishing - Chris Rea

8 - Warm Love - Van Morrison

9 - Sand River - Beth Gibbons

10 - Take the Long Way Home - Supertramp

11 - Keep on Smilin' - Wet Willie

12 - Lookin' Out My Back Door - Creedence Clearwater Revival


Mental P Mama said...

What a paradise. And those quotes were so perfect!

Seamus said...

An excellent walk - gorgeous photos!

RiverPoet said...

Ooh, I'd love to join you on that walk.

Peace - D

the Bag Lady said...

Wonderful photos, as always, Hilary! And the song lyrics were perfect. Great post!

Daryl said...

Buccolic ... idyllic ... and I must know what those pink flowers were in the shot with the tree ear step mushrooms ..


Shammickite said...

Lovely photos as always, Hilary! It was such beautiful weather yesterday afternoon that I went out walking, and taking pictures, perhaps I'll post them later this week. The fall colours are really starting to paint the landscape, such a beautiful time of year.
I'll be in B'ville next w/e on the 4th... maybe you'll be there too!

Phyllis E said...

Beautiful post, Cuzzie!

I'm dating myself though. I couldn't put a song title to many of those lyrics. Good thing you didn't make it a contest.

I've learned to be patient about those downloads. The photos are worth the wait.

Suldog said...

You make my day so much nicer, every time you post one of your photo essays. I wish I had better words to convey how much joy these bring me. I mean that, most sincerely.

One of my fave songs, too, as you may have known (The Wet Willie.)

I dropped by to request your presence at my place. You are entitled to an award. Please stop by and take it :-)

Gary's third pottery blog said...


Frank Baron said...

Great quotes to match the shots! (I had no trouble identifying #s 4, 6, 8, 10 & 11.)

And godblessya Hil. We've finally found my best side for photographs! ;)

Pat - Arkansas said...

Thanks for taking me along on your walk on the wild side. Just wonderful!

Leah J. Utas said...

Beautiful. Gorgeous pics with wonderful layers added through lyrics.
And I got one. I knew the last one.

Anonymous said...

These photos are very nice to see. I live on a small city lot that I am trying to redo for wildlife but I will never have the background you got there. Nice post.

Anonymous said...

Very nice all the way around! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

Reb said...

Lovely, lovely photos Hilary! The lyrics you chose are just right too. I really like the macro of the fungus and the rain on the leaves.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post, Hilary. The great photos complemented by such appropriate song snippets. Although I have to admit, I didn't know what song any of them came from! Very lovely anyway.

Kat said...

That was a beautiful walk!

Cath said...

The only one I got was Supertramp! lol And now it is going round and round in my head...

They are beautiful shots - that salmon is fantastic. Brilliant.
I especially liked numbers 9 & 11 too.
Thank you for taking my on the walk. I really enjoyed that.

steviewren said...

You've provided me with another scenic late afternoon stroll. You know, I come over here to get my cyber exercise.

ps I been catching up on other posts I haven't read and just wanted to say, I've read Outlander and loved it too.

Woman in a Window said...

Nicely done. That was one mean looking spider. And the last blog I was at was a post about spiders. What's up with that?

and those fish jumping. Crazy!

Still humid? So glad that's behind us!

Dianne said...

I didn't get a single song right! But it was fun trying.

I always try to pick a favorite, one I would frame and hang if I could only have one but this time you made it impossible.

and of course it's always so cool to see Benny :)

Hilary said...

• Thanks very much MPM. I'm glad you thought so. :)

• Thanks kindly, Seamus. I'm glad you came along. :)

• Thanks, Riverpoet. I'll meet you at the north cedar grove and we'll walk together from there. :)

• Thanks muchly, Baggie. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Thank you, Daryl. I believe the pink flowers were wild snapdragons. These fields have them growing all over the place in yellow, white and orange too. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Shammie. I sure do hope you'll post those photos. I'd love to see them. The weather has been lovely this week but cooling off as I type. The weekends usually find me at home, Shammie. I'm often in B'ville mid-to-late weekdays - every couple of weeks or so. Hopefully another time? :)

• Thanks, Cuzzie! I knew that some of those lyrics were a tad obscure for a contest but some other time... Thanks for your kind words, Phyl. :)

• Thanks so much for your thoughtful award, Sully. It's displayed proudly on my sidebar. Thanks also for your super kind words. They always make my day. :)

• Gary, WOOF! :)

• Thanks, Frank. Your best side.. you mean - outside? ;)

• Thanks kindly, Pat. I'm glad you could join me. :)

• Thanks so much for your very kind words, Leah. I'm glad you enjoyed it and that you got at least one song. :)

• Thank you, Abe. I'm sure that whatever you accomplish will be much appreciated by the critters in your surroundings. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, M. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Thanks very much, Reb. I'm so glad that you enjoyed them. :)

• Thank you, Addhumorandfaith. I guess the song choices were a tad obscure. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Thanks kindly, Kathryn. :)

• Thanks so much for your very kind words, Cath. I suppose there could be worse songs to have stuck in your head. ;)

• Thanks, Steviewren. Cyber exercise (Cybercise?)! I like that. I'm glad you enjoyed Outlander. Have you read the full series?

• Thanks WIAW. It's only a bit humid at times. I'd gladly take that if it also meant warm weather. There are a lot of spiders around this year.

• Thanks so much for your very kind words. Dianne. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Crabby McSlacker said...

Lovely. Stunning actually.

Chica, Cienna, and Cali said...

beautiful pictures and those lyrics were so carefully chosen.......I loved my walk, Hilary....and i will come back for more :)

Jo said...

Gosh, you live in a really beautiful part of the world. I am always totally gobsmacked when I visit your blog and see your photographs. And they have a quality where I feel as if I could step right into the pictures and join you.

Isn't fall a gorgeous time of the year? said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful songs....beautiful thoughts!

Michelle H. said...

Thank you for the stroll, and I didn't even need to charge up the old I-pod to listen to the music along the way.

Tricia said...

Really wonderful combination.

This is the second blog I've visited today though that included a picture of a big spider, and I'm having panic attacks. Stepping away from the computer now.

Russell said...

What a nice post! Combining the lyrics of songs with images is a great idea!

Fall is my favorite time of year. No close second! Here in Iowa the leaves have not started to turn, but within a few weeks the leaves will be incredible colors.

Take care and thanks for such a nice post.

Louise said...

I didn't guess any of the songs! I'm back about that. But I loved taking and walk with you, and here are my favorite pictures:
-The first with the sepia light. It's like liquid gold is falling down onto the flowers. I love that light.
-The salmon. I've seen pictures of salmon jumping upstream, but never pictures by people I "know." Always in books or on documentaries. So cool to see it in a more personal way.
-The wildflower one. The colors... I can't think of the right words. Maybe there are none.
-The creek with the glassy surface. I love the little nook, and the lighting on the shore was beautiful.

All of it speaks happiness and peacefulness to me.

SandraRee said...

Well that's a first. I paid you a visit when you posted and was so awe stricken with your gorgeous photos that I didn't leave a comment! lol I knew the Fall would be a great time for you Hilary! Stunning!

abb said...

What a clever post! And that last photo of the back porch - the light is just beautiful. (That trout photo is wonderful as well.)

G said...

Wonderful stroll. Thanks for taking us along. :)

david mcmahon said...

Great presentation. Music to our ears!

Oman said...

definitely one the best set of pics i have seen and the lyrics complement each one. great job.

photowannabe said...

Amazing things to see on your walk. So pretty and inviting.
I'm a dismal failure on the song titles. I did get several but my ignorance was really showing.

Kappa no He said...

I guessed Janis Joplin. Kinda embarrassed I didn't get the others.

Was that really Frank's best side?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the walk and the lovely musical selection.

Sorry for not being visiting as often as I wished.
For the moment by I'll have to pay a weekly visit.

Hilary said...

• Thanks muchly, Crabby. :)

• Thank you, Moi. I'm so glad you could join me. :)

• Thanks so much for your kind words, Jo. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and that you could join me on this early autumn walk.. if only virtually. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Carol. :)

• Thanks for the visit, MLH. I pulled most of them from my own iPod. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Ack, Tricia! Maybe I ought to post a warning before showing spiders and snakes (and Frank's "best side")! ;) Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Thanks, Russell. I had fun finding the right lyrics. Autumn sure is coming along nicely this year. It was such a rainy summer that the leaves are getting their chance at turning brilliant before dying, unlike drier years. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Louise. So sweet of you to take the time to describe what you like about your favourite photos. I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks kindly, Sandra. I'm glad you came back to leave a comment.. it was well worth two visits.. for me, anyway. ;)

• Thanks so much for your kind words, Tsannie. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks for joining me, BPG. :)

• Thanks, David.. a note-worthy comment. ;)

• Thanks very kindly, Lawstude. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Thanks, Photowannabe. You got several songs and you consider that a dismal failure? I think not! I chose some of the more obscure lyrics really - ones that just worked with the photos. I think you did great. Thanks for the visit. :)

• It depends on the day, Kappa.. sometimes it's his only side... but not usually. ;) Thanks for stopping by.

• Thank you, FP. I know your time is limited these days and understand fully. Not to worry. I'm glad you stop by when you can. Thanks for your kind words. :)

Shammickite said...

I can always hum along with the songs, but as for recognising individual lines... well, I hope there's not a test cos I'd fail!

Cheffie-Mom said...

BEAUTIFUL photos as usual!

Anonymous said...

I'm horrible with music so I couldn't even wager a guess...but beautiful pics, indeed!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh what a stunning, peaceful walk Hilary! These were beautiful and I adore that sun flare!

Melinda said...

If I could choose any blogger to go walking with my camera and me, it would be you. Just beautiful!! Absolutely love the way you captured the peaceful feeling in those woods.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures and post.
Only got Autumn leaves.
Worthy BOTD. Here from David.

Be back, for sure.

Merisi said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful walk and the lyrics! :-)

I came over thanks to David.

Anonymous said...

Did you sing a song and take a shot, or did you take a shot and sing a song? An excellent post - very thoughtful, and beautifully captured and shared. This is what might be called a "multimedia production"! Came from Authorblog - worth the trip too!

Missicat said...

Beautiful! Pretty pics, lovely scenery, OMG SPIDER!!!AHHHH!.
whew! Pretty!

Anonymous said...

An absolutely beautiful use of my time spent here! I feel like I've been to a nature spa.


September Stroll = walking in beauty

Sandi McBride said...

What a perfectly wonder trip I've just taken and I didn't even have to leave the barn!

Angela said...

wow... all the photos are just wonderful.

Hilary said...

• No tests, Shammie.. but feel free to hum along if you like. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks muchly, Cheffie. :)

• Thanks very much, WeightingGame. :)

• Thanks so much, MammaGeek. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks so much, Melinda. What a sweet thing to say. Thanks very much for the visit. :)

• Welcome, Moannie and thanks very much for your kind words. :)

• Thanks very much, Merisi. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Welcome, Reluctanfarmchik and thank you. Believe me, you don't want to hear me singing. I just took the shots and then heard someone else singing. Gotta thank iTunes for that. Thanks very kindly for your sweet comments.. much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, Missycat. Sorry about the spider. Maybe you could get Badcat on that! Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks kindly, KC. What a sweet thing to say. I'm glad you could join me and that you enjoyed it. :)

• Thanks so much, Sandi. I'm glad you could travel in comfort! Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Welcome, Savvy and thanks so much for the visit.

And thank YOU, David for sending so many sweet folks my way. Always appreciated. :)