November 05, 2013

Autumn's parting shots

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  1. Beautiful red photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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    1. Thank you. The colors were incredibly vibrant a couple of days ago.

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  2. Those shots have me drooling, nothing like that around here, not quite sure what has happened to Autumn this year!

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    1. Most of the leaves shown on this post are now fallen. :( I took the shots on the weekend. It was truly a "parting shot."

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  3. Such a lovely photos. :) really like it alot!

    Happy Wordless Wednesday! My entry is here .

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    1. Thank you. I enjoy participating in Wordless Wednesday occasionally. Sometimes pictures without words are better, or vice-versa. :)

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  4. Magnificent!
    Have a beautiful day!
    Lea

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    1. Thank you, Tim! I kept looking at the colors, thinking "I have to get out there and at least take a few autumn photos before the leaves are gone." Good thing I did, because they are mostly on the ground now.

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  6. New England has nothing on you! Great pics of beautiful foliage!

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    1. Thanks! Autumn was slow in coming this year, and over in a blaze of glory here in my part of the world. Usually, it lingers a little longer if we get a frost earlier in October. Wisconsin is a great place to visit in October for fall foliage!

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  7. The colors of Autumn are so warm . . . maybe the final warm blush before the winter white . . .

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    1. Yes, I think you're right Lynne. The trees were still stunning on Sunday, but many of these leaves in this post are now on the ground. :(

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  8. Ooh! (Is that how you spell that word?) Stunning! We are having beautiful fall color in North Carolina, but not quite as magnificent as this!

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    1. It was a speedy autumn, but spectacular this year! We had summer-like temps in September and part of October. When I was in London, the frost hit for several nights in a row--which gave the foliage that extra nudge to color before the drop. It was pretty stunning for about a week. (I'm happy I didn't miss all of it while I was away.)

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  9. Magnificent! Those reds are breathtaking!

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    1. Yes, the weekend was spectacular here. I just had to get out the camera before it was all gone. :(

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  10. That's a perfect title, it's almost as if Autumn is flouncing out the door, and saying well this is everything that I have, take it! Love the colors, and I am happy to hear that you have more then we do right now.

    Jen

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    1. You'd never know these photos were from a few days ago. Since then, we've had wind and cooler temperatures. And now most of the leaves are on the ground. The Oaks, of course, linger a little longer...

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  11. Beautiful! Your shots are like postcards. I enjoy your fall color!

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    1. Thanks, Cat. The fall foliage in the north is one of the only good things about our cold temperatures. October is a wonderful time to visit the Midwest!

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  12. Breathtaking. I love seeing all those warm colours together.

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    1. Thank you, Patty. It was a strange autumn, but it went out in a blaze of glory!

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  13. These red and yellow autumncolours are just wonderful, great shots.

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    1. Thanks! The trees were so stunning on the weekend, when we had a touch of sun ... and before the leaves dropped. :(

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  14. Going out with a bang...I like a season with ATTITUDE.

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    1. That is definitely true this year! It was a mild autumn until recently, too, which was very pleasant.

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  15. Beautiful November images! Hate to see the end of anything so lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Joey. I agree. Plus, I'm not crazy about the next season...

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  16. Fall sure is lovely your way! My favorite is the fourth photo, where the evergreen tree is standing so tall next to the trees with their fall colors on.

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    1. Yes, we have lovely autumns here. This year the color change happened really fast. I almost didn't get any photos, but I made myself pull out the camera and snap a few shots on Sunday. Now most of the leaves are on the ground!

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  17. Beautiful autumn foliage, lovely colours! Are you having night frost now? Over here in London we might get night frost by end of next week, a bit early for me! It will probably only last a couple of days but still, I had hoped for a winter without frost for a change, haven’t had that for a good few years.

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    1. Thanks, Helene. We had frost during the nights that we were in London, and only a couple of nights since then. But next week is supposed to get cold again. I'm surprised that you have frost so early in the season. I was thinking that London rarely gets colder than 0C? Now that we've been there, I find myself following the London news and weather.

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    2. Last winter we had down to minus 5-8 C for weeks, several times during the winter, but that was very unusual. Some withers have been without frost at all since I came here in 1999, most winters we have had one period in early February with frost for a couple of days and perhaps a bit of snow and that’s it – winter over. I would be happy with that kind of winter again :-)

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    3. I agree--that would be nice to have a winter with very little frost or snow. I've never experienced that. Maybe when I retire...

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    1. The trees were lovely last weekend, and now they're mostly bare. :(

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  19. Beautiful images! The blaze of autumn glory makes heading into winter a little easier (almost) to take.

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    1. Thanks, Rose. Yes, "almost" is the operative word. ;-) The older I get, the less enthusiastic I am for winter. No, I take that back--I've never been enthusiastic for winter. But you're right--autumn is gorgeous!

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  20. Very pretty. I love Autumn for both the lively color and the subdued. Not yet parting here though since the color was late to the party.

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    1. We're definitely into the "subdued" color spectrum now--except for all the colorful leaves that are on the ground waiting for my rake. ;-)

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  21. What can I say, these images are so beautiful and colourful.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I'm glad I made myself go out in the garden to snap a few photos before the leaves dropped. Last Sunday was a beautiful day!

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    1. Thanks, Aaron. I miss the vibrant colors already. Now we wait for the snow...

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  23. Love these pictures. Is that last one a rose hip? My roses are still completely green, except for 'Strike It Rich'. Your autumn is definitely further along than ours.

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    1. Thanks, Jason! No, that berry is from the forbidden Barberry (Berberis thunbergii). I know I should remove it, but I find it incredibly difficult and sad to remove healthy plants (I know, I know, it's invasive.) Although I found out today that one cultivar 'atropurpurea' isn't as invasive. I think my smaller Barberry might be that variety.

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  24. Your parting shots are fabulous. It does seem as it Mother Nature is providing sensory overload just before sensory deprivation.

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    1. Thanks, Layanee. Yes, she went out in a blaze of glory this year. The autumn weather and color were condensed into a very short timeframe. Now we're heading for that sensory deprivation stage--the cold winds are blowing down from Canada!

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  25. My goodness, it's beautiful there. What a sweet and sad parting indeed. Thank you for showing them to us. We get color here, but not as much as the Midwest.~~Dee

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    1. Thanks, Dee. Yes, it was very pretty. Generally, just about anywhere in the Midwest is full of vibrant color in October, and sometimes into the first part of November. I think I'd prefer Oklahoma in December and January, though. ;-)

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  26. So gorgeous! You have a fantastic array of fall foliage! I am afraid some subfreezing temps next week will zap my pretty colors and shrivel some foliage that hasn't turned yet. Still, I love every minute while it lasts!

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    1. Your garden is beautiful in all seasons, including autumn. It's interesting--October is one of my favorite months here, and November is not. It gets so cold and gray and dark. Good thing we have the holidays to look forward to. ;-)

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  27. A veritable cannonade, Beth- been ages since I've seen your garden so loved this seasonal farewell. Glad to hear you were appreciating London recently - and thank you for stopping by my blog :) Laura x

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    1. Hi Laura: I've missed you, and I'm glad I found your new blog! Yes, we did indeed enjoy London. It's huge, but fun and very comfortable and welcoming for American tourists. Our kids enjoyed it, too.

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  28. WOW! These are gorgeous! I really love the one with the colorful foliage behind the big tree. All that incredible foliage always makes me feel like the trees are throwing one last party before winter sets in.

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    1. It really was that colorful when I took these photos on the first Sunday in November! Burning Bushes and Sugar Maples are shockingly bright--at least on a sunny day, and if they get the right combination of warm-cold conditions. It was a parting shot, though, because just a couple of days later, the leaves were fallen.

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  29. Beth your autumn parting shots are simply amazing...I love the gorgeous colors of those trees.

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    1. Thanks, Donna. Autumn color and oblique light make the photography easier. Now I need to adjust to bright sun sparkling on snow--very difficult (for me) to capture.

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