Monday, December 5, 2016

Nature's Peace

Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
~ John Muir

So as usual, I'm at least a half season behind with my posts. I'm guessing that you won't mind too much if we revisit the golden hues of autumn as she appeared just a few weeks ago. These few hours were spent around Little Lake - just a twenty minute walk from my place.

gold on blue
This vivid contrast of yellow and blue greeted me just outside of the Peterborough Art Gallery, one sunny afternoon.





backlit leaf
This is one of its leaves back lit by the sun. I bumped up the contrast a bit.




autumn in the park
Many but not most of the leaves had fallen by then. They're all gone now that it's a few weeks later. But this was then.





across little lake2
Across Little Lake, the trees were lit with gold as the afternoon sunlight breathed its fire on them.





paddling the treetops
In a matching coloured kayak, this boater paddled into their brilliant reflection.





waiting for a picnic
Just one week after, most of the leaves had fallen but there were a few holdouts who were keeping their picnic tables available for a hopeful outdoor lunch.





steps to little lake
This is the same tree you saw in the first image. One week and strong winds made all the difference.





bird clouds
The clouds above the dock reminded me of white birds taking off in flight.





bird clouds - then this happened
And then this happened.





wispy
This wispy stem was gently blown about in the breeze, challenging me to freeze it for just a second.





window view dusk2
The evening proudly wore her autumn best in the eastern sky, promising another day to enjoy with camera in hand.

I'll see you with those images soon.

32 comments:

Karen said...

The brilliant yellows are appreciated on this stark white day.

Stephen Hayes said...

Fall colors have all but disappeared here in cold Portland, but I enjoyed seeing your pictures and remembering the beautiful colors here before they were gone. Take care and have a terrific week.

joeh said...

Your three or four weeks behind puts you right in sync with the season in Jersey.

I think you asked that kayak guy to go back and paddle through the reflection so you could get that picture. Go on confess it's OK.

DJan said...

Just beautiful! As usual, your pictures make me smile. :-)

Out on the prairie said...

I always enjoy looking through your eye.I love all that gold,its tryingto act winter here

Birdie said...

How many days until Winter? I'm looking back longingly on Fall?

Birdie said...

Oops. That wasn't a question.

Rita said...

How do you do it? You capture so many moments with such delicacy. :)

ellen abbott said...

those first two pictures are stunning. and I like the second from last as well.

Barbara said...

We are a few weeks behind you, with splashes of gold mixed with the cedars. Not nearly as brilliant a show as you've shared! Those clouds truly did look like birds in flight! (I finally figured out how to get your posts via email so I don't miss another one. :) )

Rick Watson said...

Another lovely post.
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Tabor said...

90% of our leaves are also gone. Everything is on the ground making crunching noises. I do think we had the loveliest fall which made me so happy. Today is getting colder and the trees more bare. Love your yellows.

messymimi said...

Lovely colors! You have such an eye.

William Kendall said...

What beautiful fall colours you had!

Cloudia said...

SPLENDID All! Your backlit leaf made me gasp. The take off, and another of the golden pond and reflection take the prizes

Ruth Hiebert said...

As expected, each image is spectacular.The one with the guy in the kayak has to be my favourite.

Red said...

Awesome leaf color. You show a good before and after. You had a nice walk!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I love that first tree, in both the images of it. Also the bird clouds and the real birds joining them in flight, as well as the wispy stem.

Anvilcloud said...

The rest of the images show is your world very well, but the first two are impressive photos.

Tammie Lee said...

Such a lovely autumn you did have. Your photos are beautiful Hillary and capture the spirit beautifully.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Awesome shots, Hilary! What a beautiful spot for a picnic, or just a walk around the lake.

Barb said...

You have the most magnificent ancient trees. I like seeing these end of fall photos as the snow falls here in CO.

Lady Fi said...

Wow - such beautiful colours and shots!

A Cuban In London said...

Love those autumn colours. Thanks. :-)

Greetings from London.

Daryl said...

so mellow yellow, quite right ...

and that moon .. oh my

photowannabe said...

These photos certainly brighten my day.
It's gloomy and quite dampish today.
Temps not getting above 40F.
Thanks for the lovely sights.

Mage said...

Just lovely stuff. Here it is only in the 40's at the worst, leaves fall, but not a lot.

Jenn Jilks said...

The holdouts make me snicker...
However, we did have someone lose the ice fishing hut to the lake!!! tee hee
Lovely photos...

Suldog said...

As always, your eye for detail is superb. What more can I say that I haven't already said in so many comments on your photography (except to reiterate my desire for a full-fledged book of your work that I and others might purchase and give to folks on Christmas!)

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Oh, how I agree with Suldog's comments!
That first photograph and John Muir quote set the stage so beautifully (and made me long for more of those fall colors). The photo with the kayak is exquisite. Thank you, Hilary.

Crabby McSlacker said...

I've been out of the blog world for quite a few seasons, so if it's this fall, you're a head of me!

Cape Cod wasn't great for fall colors, dry year, so it's nice to catch up with some lovely golden hues. Thanks!!

Kat said...

Breathtaking!
Fall is just magnificent! Gorgeous pictures!