Thursday, November 18, 2010

Colourful Characters

These photos were taken over a month ago. Our trees have lost most of this colour by now but through the magic of photography and the posting schedule of this infrequent blogger, you can live through the beauty of autumn all over again. Please join me on my walk. I'll introduce you to some of the local characters.


The Mums on my street like to hang out together, sharing tales of how their children have blossomed. They're a colourful group.




As we approach the path which takes us around the park, we see this lovely, grandmotherly pine tree comforting this stray, young maple leaf. Everyone needs a soft place to fall.




Vibrant Spindleberries are always tickled pink about something, and their warmth seems to radiate from within. Well into winter, they hang around with unzipped jackets, displaying their happy orange t-shirts worn underneath.




Some of the more privileged, teens of the neighbourhood, show their colourful outfits off to the less fortunate youths. The wise and kindly matron in the middle gently admonishes them, with a reminder that their good luck could change at any time.




The same girls from across the pond, vainly checking their reflections in the water.




All summer long, this free spirit with the outstretched leg dips her toes in the water, unconcerned with the burden of her lush, green foliage. But come autumn, she mystifies all who know her by preferring to go barefoot. I'll bring you back here this winter when she dons her fluffy white slippers.




As the sun begins to set, the Willow sways and shivers in the wind, and whispers bedtime stories to the younger trees who gather at her feet.




Neighbouring trees bid one another goodnight, as they settle into their crimson nightshirts. They pull long shadow blankets over themselves and hunker down for the night.




As the sun disappears, this solitary sentinel stands guard over his park. His branches will be the first to greet the morning sun and start the day anew.

Thanks for visiting my neighbourhood friends.

72 comments:

Dawn said...

And thank YOU for sharing your walk. It was stunning.
The leaf resting on the bough was amazing...and you're right- everyone does need a soft place to land.

Thank you for taking me on a walk this morning. I needed one with color.
Mine is oh too white at present!

Have wonderful day Hilary!!

Cricket said...

More lovely Autumn photos. That orange tree in the "barefoot" shot stands out like a torch.

We're pretty much wrapping up here. All browns and grays. There are still a few splashes of color, but they are falling fast. The rains are helping.

It's actually a good thing. The rain gets those leaves off the trees so they can be raked before the holidays. I much prefer to have that job done before the first real snow, if I can.

I miss Autumn when it goes, but even so, if it lingers too long, there are other problems. Plus, yard waste collection stops in early December, so there's that, as well.

How about some Canada-approved Rush: The Trees ?

kcinnova said...

Your personification made me smile this morning. Thank you!

Bravo, Cricket, for suggesting some Rush -- especially that song!

June said...

Thrillingly beautiful photos.
The leaf on the evergreen touched me. Last weekend I cleaned off a lot of dead leaves from the evergreens along the driveway, telling the trees, "You're so beautiful, you don't need decorations!"
I'm glad I live in the middle of nowhere and nobody can see/hear me doing this stuff...

Moannie said...

That was a delightful walk with you.
I loved the tale of wintery whimsy.

Maggie May said...

I loved the leaf on the fir tree and the blue of that water.
Enjoyed the walk with you. They were all very good pictures.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Leah J. Utas said...

So wonderful and so very soothing. Thanks.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Too cute! Beautiful and creative, definitely made me smile this morning!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Pretty fall colors pass so quickly!

AC said...

Thanks for the backward glance. I have a feeling we'll be needing a few more of those in the upcoming months.

Lori said...

Thank you for taking me on this beautiful walk with you and saying such beautiful words while doing so. What a blessing. Such beauty that surrounds us and it can be so easily taken for granted. Bless you Hilary and your eye for beauty...and of course for sharing it here. I hope your Thursday is full of warmth and kindness. XX

Out on the prairie said...

Gorgeous photos and a vivid description that pasted an added color to your pictures.You have a nice neighborhood to enjoy.

DJan said...

What a lovely sojourn into your world, your pictures, and your heart. Lovely, Hilary. What a nice way to wake up this morning...

Mental P Mama said...

Those are some amazing friends;) And now I want to search for some spindleberries....and some motherly friends like that as well.

Brian Miller said...

wow you are surrounded by such beauty....that first one is so vibrant....

Brian Miller said...

wow you are surrounded by such beauty....that first one is so vibrant....

Maggie said...

Stunning stuff. We continue to live in a foggy grey world here with leaves that just fall without turning.

Thanks again for the mention. I've gotten to meet so many new and delightful people.

WhatKarenSees said...

A beautiful collection of fall images. I was going to be really jealous until I read that these were taken over a month ago. I'm looking at bare branches now and nothing but snowy winter scenes for the near future.

messymimi said...

May we all find as soft and beautiful a landing place.

I'm looking forward to the winter slippers picture.

Are you sure you don't want to be a writer as well as a photographer?

Frank Baron said...

Well, that was pleasant. Now I want you to tuck me in with a nice mug of hot chocolate. :)

ellen abbott said...

beautiful pictures, sweet stories, lovely walk. thanks.

Kristina P. said...

Gorgeous! I think the Spindleberry is my favorite, even though I have no idea what it is!

Friko said...

I am running out of superlatives about your pictures but I still have admiring words for your words.

How lovely to give the neighbourhood greenery personalities.

Everything here is grey and dismal. I might take some photos too if the blogworld can stomach greys, blacks, faded browns.

MaggieGem said...

A beautiful work through your neighborhood, and with such a talented guide!

Great photos and narratives!

Daryl said...

I loved this post so much I read it twice!

lakeviewer said...

What stunning, glorious colors! I guess I must visit Canada in the Fall, and see for myself.

Bob Bushell said...

Great,the colours, the water, etc. It was smart and beautiful.

Samson said...

Beautiful set of photo's Hilary, love the photo from your previous post "circles"

Karen said...

Hilary, I love our walks! It's so peaceful. The "soft-landing" picture was moving to me. Well done.

Paul C said...

I like how the light complements the vivid last vibrant displays.

Reb said...

Oh those are the best kinds of neighbours to have. Lovely photos Hilary.

Dianne said...

"everyone needs a soft spot to fall" - I love you Hil

and the dark grand tree!! wonderful

Linda said...

Your photos are always so beautiful, but your words add so much to their beauty. The Spindleberries are gorgeous, and I love their orange tee shirts.

Hilary said...

• Dawn, thank you so much for the kind words. It was my pleasure to bring you along with me. It would be heartless of me to leave you out in that white stuff. You're welcome to join me any time. :)

• Cricket, the colours as you described them are pretty much what we're seeing here now, too. I'm not looking forward to snow but I have to admit that it will brighten up the landscape and get my shoveling arms into better shape. The Trees is of course a perfect choice. Yours always are. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, KC. I'm glad it did. :)

• June, thank you so kindly. I love how you talk to your trees. They are indeed beautiful. And of course nobody can hear you out in the middle of nowhere but they can read all about it in these blog comments. ;)

• Moannie, thank you. I'm always happy to have you along. You're great company. :)

• Thanks kindly, Maggie. I always enjoy when you join me. :)

• Thanks, Leah. I'm glad you think so. :)

• Elizabeth, thanks kindly. Smiling is good! :)

• They do indeed, Gary. :)

• AC, you're probably right. I'll try to oblige. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Lori, you're such a sweetie. Thank you so much for your kind words. They mean so much to me. :)

• OOTP, thank you. Your kind words are very much appreciated. :)

• DJan, thanks very kindly. Such a lovely thing to say. Thanks for that.

• MPM, I'm sure you'll find some if you just keep an eye out for them. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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

• Maggie, thanks. It's been pretty dreary here too, recently. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Hilary said...

• Karen, I'm feeling pretty much the same way.. longing for spring now. I think we have a while to wait. Thanks for the visit and the kind words. :)

• MessyMimi, I don't consider myself overly much of either but I am having fun with both. Thanks so much for the kind words. :)

• Frank, you'll be here tomorrow. I think we can arrange that - or something. ;)

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

• Kristina, thank you. I had to Google to figure them out last year. They're everywhere but I never really noticed them until I started walking with my camera. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Friko, thanks so much. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post - photos and words. I'd love to see some of your photos. Snap away! Thanks for the visit. :)

• MaggieGem, thanks very kindly. Much appreciated. :)

• Daryl, lol Thank you, thank you! ;)

• Lakeviewer, that would be wonderful if you did. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thank kindly, Bob. Much appreciated. :)

• Samson, thanks very much. I'm glad you like them. :)

• Thank you, Karen. I love when you join me on my walks too. Thanks for the always kind words. :)

• Thanks, Paul. Much appreciated. :)

• Reb, they're pretty decent neighbours. Thanks for joining me. :)

• Dianne, thanks so much. I love you too, my friend. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Linda. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. Your always-kind words mean a lot to me. :)

Barbara Shallue said...

Beautiful photos and I love the tour. You make a wonderful guide!

SandyCarlson said...

I love your neighborhood. Those colors are wonderful. I think autumn is so great because it is immediate; it's now or never. And now is exquisite. Thank you.

ladyfi said...

What stunning shots! Autumn has disappeared all too quickly this year... but then, I say that every year!

Zuzana said...

This was a treat in images and words... Such beuatiful photography indeed, oh how I enjoyed walking with you this time...
Indeed, here the fall flamboyance is all gone, replaced by gentle melancholy.
Have a lovely autumn Friday dear friend,
xoxo

Dave said...

Nice photos Hilary.with your thoughtful comments beneath them. - Dave

Nessa said...

Beautiful photos and your captions are so cute and clever.

Steve Gravano said...

The stories you give your characters are as colorful as the images themselves. Your talent with both is amazing.

VM Sehy Photography said...

What a sweet post. Love the pictures and the stories that go with them.

Gaston Studio said...

Another great stroll around your neighborhood with wonderful photos and absolutely delightful captions. I especially love the grandmotherly pine!

CherylK said...

Thanks for the fabulous stroll and fashion show. You couldn't ask for prettier models.

I could practically smell the fragrant pine needles (is that a pine?). Loved the dew drop on the leaf, too.

Cad said...

Crimson nightshirts? Goodness, what am image you've painted in my mind this chilly, Friday afternoon! LOL :)

slommler said...

Your neighborhood friends are so caring and beautiful in spirit and in looks!
I especially am fond of the fir tree who gave shelter to the young maple leaf...how sweet is that?'
Thank you
Hugs
SueAnn

gaelikaa said...

I particularly adored 5 and 6. But all were exquisite in their own way.

Tabor said...

These photos are almost edible! Our fall here has been the loveliest.

photowannabe said...

Everyone needs a soft place to land...masterful word pictures Hilary. Each picture and the discription of it was an adventure.
I just love coming here to see what your wonderful mind conjures up.

Cloudia said...

Glorious!




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Redbush said...

Hilary, I love how you personify your photos. They are absolutely breath-taking! Thanks so much for nominating me for POTW!

Redbush said...

Hilary, I love how you personify your photos. They are absolutely breath-taking! Thanks so much for nominating me for POTW!

lisleman said...

"vainly checking their reflections in the water" - your imagination shows as well as your pictures.

Pauline said...

This would make a delightful children's book - you could call it Goodnight Trees...

Travis Erwin said...

Your photographs never cease to amaze and awe me.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Love those pond pics-- The colors are so rich and gorgeous. Thanks for the reminder. We get very little Fall in Los Angeles and I miss it so much. xo jj

Bimbimbie said...

hehe loved your colourful descriptions, a perfect match for your stunning surrounds. Smiles*!*

Hilary said...

• Barbara, your kind words are much appreciated. Thank you. :)

• Sandy, thank you so much. You always bring a smile to my face. :)

• Lady Fi, that's true. The seasons pass pretty quickly, these days. Except for winter that is. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Zuzana, thank you kindly. I always love when you can join me. It's rather plain here right now too but it sure was a lovely season. Thanks always for the visit. :)

• Thank you, Dave. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Thanks, Nessa. It pleases me that you think so. :)

• Steve, thanks very kindly. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, VM. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Jane, I'm always happy to have you along on a stroll. I'm so glad you joined me. :)

• Cheryl, thank you kindly. It pleases me to know that you enjoyed the tour. :)

• Welcome, Cad. I'm glad you stopped by to enjoy the words and images. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, SueAnn. I'm glad you got a kick out of the tour and post. Thanks always for your loyal visits. :)

• Thanks very much, Gaelikaa. I'm glad you liked them. :)

• Thank you, Tabor. It's been an incredible season for sure. :)

• Thanks so kindly, Sue. Your always kind words mean so much to me. :)

• Thanks, Cloudia :)

• Thanks, Redbush. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. :)

• Lisleman, thanks very much for such kind words. :)

• Thank you, Pauline. That sounds like a great title. ;)

• Thank you, Travis. Much appreciated. :)

• Joanna, thanks. It would be great if everyone could enjoy the vivid colours as we do. It sure makes us appreciate all of the seasons that much more. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Bimbimbie, thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

ds said...

I so love going on walks with you. Your descriptions of the trees are wonderful! Thank you.

Grayquill said...

Scrolling to the bottom, so I can make my very important comment, allowed me a shot nap - there are bonuses everywhere. Now for my important comment...what brand of hot choclate do you make Frank?

Bossy Betty said...

You know I loved this. Wish you were here to analyze the towering palms trees along our street.

Debbie said...

I love those colors! These are great photos.

Land of shimp said...

Oh Hilary, you are the true Lorax, you speak for the trees and tell their tales :-)

I loved this colorful, fanciful journey.

Hilary said...

• Thanks so much, DS. I always enjoy having you along. :)

• Grayquill, I never did make hot chocolate, but if I had, it would have been Frye's cocoa made with sugar and milk. It would have been good too. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Betty. Right now, I kinda wish I was too. It sounds .. warm. :)

• Thanks kindly, Debbie. Much appreciated. :)

• Alane, you're too kind. You always have the nicest things too say and they're so appreciated. Thank you, my friend. :)

deb said...

I missed this...

and I miss the colour now as we edge the end of November.

I'm looking forward to seeing these characters in their whites and frosts and ice.

lime said...

oh the colors are just my favorites. the spindleberries intrigue me too. pretty little things.

Sandra said...

Simple, beautiful photos combined with your unique story telling, make for an extraordinary post. You are a very talented lady, my friend. And I'm so glad you share your talent through blogging for so many of us to enjoy. :)

Hilary said...

• Deb, this posted the day you came out to visit me so I'm not surprised that it flew under your radar. I expect you recognize some of these spots, though the colour was long gone by the time of your visit. Hopefully you can see the whites firsthand this winter. :)

• Lime, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. I love the spindleberries. :)

• Thank you so much, Sandra. You never fail to say something which makes me feel so good. You have a gift for that. Thank you, my friend. :)

Indrani said...

You compose your shots so well, I forget to take off my eyes at times. Lovely series from your walk. :)

Jillsy Girl said...

Such a delight to read your accompanying descriptions!

Hilary said...

• Thanks very much, Indrani. :)

• Much appreciated, Jillsy. :)