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Perfect Autumn Evenings

These last few evenings have been so delightful, just what autumn is all about for me.  It’s been cool, but not cold, breezy but not blustery, the perfect weather for taking a walk.  The leaves seem to be in their last throes of passion, full bloom in various stages of color: brown polka-dotted yellow, scarlet and orange and burnt umber.  

And brown, brown, brown; all the fallen brothers and sisters layer the earth, crinkly and crunchy and light. They blow and swirl across the ground in games all their own; they call to me, “Run, run, come and play!”  I know why kids need to jump right into a pile of leaves, and I want to do that too.

Here are some of the pictures I’ve taken on my recent walks with Louis.  Fair warning: I love pictures, and I’ve decided to put whatever and however many pictures I want into this post.  Feel free (read: do it!) to check out my photo blog; it’s got autumn pictures there all this week.  And no duplicates :).

It's like a miniature forest.

Forgive the blurry - the breeze was delicious this day!

Wooden boat, comes with own paddle.

I love how sharp the little ridges look on the edges of this leaf. Also, the color is fabulous, but it's hard to tell with the sun shining on it like that.

I like the clouds in this one. I know it's turned the wrong way, but this is kind of neat.

White fuzz. This isn't a good picture, but I like it for some odd reason.

I just love me some trees! I can't get enough pictures of trees. I like trees - all kinds, I tell you.

Louis is always looking, looking, looking.

Which way should we go, boss?

Which way should we go?

He's a good hunter...of smells, anyway. And would ya look at that sky!!

There's nothing super special about this one; I just like the way the sky is all soft. See how the leaves on the top of the right tree are more blurry? The wind was thwarting me and always seemed to give an extra effort just as I was snapping my shot.

Another soft blue sky. I like how the branches on this tree seem to be reaching out. They remind me somehow of E.T. picking up the Reese's Pieces with his long fingers.

This was taken on a different day, on my cell phone. Not bad for a phone.

I just like the way this looks.

And isn't it another kind of pretty without the flash?

An interesting silhouette. I like how the leaves are all ragged.

Another silhouette.

And now the sun is going down for real. I can't see where I'm walking and that means it's time to go back inside. Goodnight!

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. really beautiful images! And Louis is really cute =)

    November 16, 2011
    • Thank you! Louis is my baby – I do let him sleep on the bed, but at least he sleeps through the night :).

      November 16, 2011
      • Co sleeping is ok with dogs :). He looks so much like my Rita… She died a year ago this past October. She was a (we think) chihuahua rat terrier mix. We rescued her so we didn’t know exactly what she was…

        November 16, 2011
        • I’m sorry to hear about your doggy :(. Louis is a rat terrier and he’s a super well behaved dog. I think I’m spoiled for all other dogs. I worry because he’s getting older, too. He’s got boundless energy, and bounds and jumps just like ever, but he’s getting greyer all the time. His little head used to be all black and now his temple is almost white. I can only guess how old he is, because he was given to me.

          Okay, confession: I let him sleep under the covers. I mean, he’s little…he gets cold…

          November 17, 2011
  2. I love the way you capture the little things, Michelle. Believe it or not, my favorite picture is the first one, of moss. If I could be a freshman in college again, I think I might devote my entire life to the study and cultivation of moss. 🙂 I’m almost serious.

    I also love the the fifth picture from the bottom. The plant looks like it’s sprouting snow.

    November 17, 2011
    • How’s that? Haha – you had me laughing out loud at my desk. I can’t edit comments on my phone, so I had to wait until I got home :).

      And thanks for saying that. Sometimes I don’t put pictures on here because I’m thinking that no one will see what I see – things I like, that strike my fancy. I liked the moss one (and there is one I like better that I put on Flickr), so I put it on there just because. I figured people would say, “Hmm, moss. Next!” I’m glad you liked it, too. I agree, there is something about moss, all the different forms of it, that is intriguing and visually appealing. Some of my favorite pictures that I’ve done were of the moss on those bricks (for the Infinity post). It really is kind of a miniature representation of forests and cities – whole worlds in a little tuft.

      I liked the pictures that looked like snow, as well. I couldn’t put my finger on it until you said that. I just knew I liked the gentle curve of the stems – I guess that is a weed of some kind – and how puffy and soft the white seed pods or flowers, or whatever they are on the top, looked.

      November 17, 2011
  3. Your pictures are beautiful. I wish I had the talent to take nice pictures. Every time I seem to take a photo it doesn’t have that “special” something. Your photos have life. Thank you for sharing.

    November 17, 2011
    • Thank you, you’re awfully sweet! I don’t have talent so much as a pretty good camera (for a regular camera) and patience. I just take picture after picture, and some of them turn out okay.

      November 17, 2011
  4. Very nice! Thanks for the zen visit!

    November 20, 2011
  5. rebecca #

    The one with moss was my favorite until I got to the shadowy ones. Nice!!

    November 21, 2011
    • I like the shadowy ones, too. I’m a sucker for those kinds of shots. I’m trying not to overload the site with those whenever I do a photo post, but I want to.

      November 22, 2011

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