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“Oh how we love pumpkin season.  You did know this gourd-ish squash has it’s own season, right?  Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin . . . We anxiously anticipate it every year.”  Unknown

Today was Pumpkin Patch day.  My Daughter, Grand Daughter and Great Nephew and I spent a few hours enjoying a local farm with tons of activities for kids during this exciting time of the year.  From the Pumpkin Patch itself, to a tractor ride, huge Bouncy Pillow, Hay rides, goats, rabbits and chickens . . . corn maze . . . the kids were so excited and on the run the whole time.  I managed to corral everyone for this picture at the end before we left.  

Great fall fun!



“The rain began again.  It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfillment of it’s own nature, which was to fall and fall.”  Helen Garner

And the rain continues . . . I had this vision for a photograph in my mind when I woke up this morning.  I had my camera on the tripod and covered in plastic – it was a bit of a challenge to get the shot.  

I didn’t like it in color because of the color cast from the red umbrella on my face.  So I converted to B&W and tweaked a bit in LR4, then took it in to Photoshop CS6 where I ran a High Pass Filter to bring out a bit more detail.  I’m learning so much about how to process my photographs without going overboard.  (It’s so easy to do!)  I think I’ll run a couple of different filters on this just to see what happens . . . so much fun!




“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

It started raining today.  We’ve not had any moisture worth mentioning since June 14th, so this is very welcome indeed.  The trees are losing their leaves very quickly now with the stormy, windy weather.  Leaves are everywhere . . . I thought this was rather pretty with the rain drops leaving a pattern on the wet blacktop.  I used my D800E & 105 mm VR to capture this shot, and just tweaked it a smidge in LR4.  




“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”  William Cullen Bryant 

This is actually the calm before the storm.  The weather forecast is for record rainfall over the next few days.  We need it, as it’s been a very dry summer.  So I’m out enjoying the beauty that is autumn in my yard.  As you may have noticed from previous posts, I am fascinated by my Katsura trees.  I find them stunningly beautiful.  This photo is taken under the biggest one in my yard.  I love the carpet of leaves and the feeling of solitude and tranquility.  

I am very lucky to live where I live, to have experienced all I have in my 60 years of living on this earth.  The good and the bad.  It’s all brought me to this moment, this hour, this day . . . to be all I am.  

Life is good!  I’m enjoying these moments while I can . . . 



“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”  Stanley Horowitz 

We have several huge Katsura trees in the back yard.  They are luscious green in the spring and summer, and an absolutely stunning orange/yellow/red in the Autumn.  They are at their best right now.  Stunning.  

The Katsura tree is a very distinctive landscape tree known for its delicate leaves and bright autumn colour.  In autumn, the heart shaped leaves smell of burnt sugar when crushed, and the tree turns bright yellow, pink, and orange-red.  The botanical name is Cercidiphyllum japonicum.



“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, Fluttering from the autumn tree.”  Emily Bronte

It’s that time of year again . . . how quickly summer seemed to pass!  The leaves on the trees are turning their gorgeous shades of  red, orange and yellows, and cascading to the ground leaving a beautiful rich carpet.  I just had to get out and play around a bit.  I had a vision of creating a “waterfall” of leaves showering down on the camera.  It didn’t really work out exactly like I wanted . . . but I do like the blown out image.  I would have liked the leaves to be a bit more defined.  I’ll keep working at it, but it’s now raining – our wettest weekend here since May.  I enjoyed playing in the leaves though – brought me back to my childhood in Northern Ontario!




“The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.”  George Bernard Shaw 

I love where I live, and I love this time of year.  

The days are getting shorter and soon we’ll be complaining about how cold and wet it is.  For now, this is what I get to enjoy every evening looking out on my back yard.  You can just see the leaves starting to turn on the Katsura tree, but everything is still so green and beautiful.  

It’s my second favorite season to Spring.  



“When summer gathers up her robes of glory,
And, like a dream, glides away.”
~ Sarah Helen Whitman

It’s a bit sad to be taking the pool down . . . a sure sign that the warm days of summer are over.  I’m already noticing a few leaves turning on some of the trees in the neighborhood – which seems awfully early to me.  We’re still getting temps from 18-25 degrees Celsius, but it cools down quite a bit at night so that the water in the pool is not holding the heat.  The Little’s were in it the other day, and were chilled within minutes.  Will have to look in to getting a cover that retains the heat for next year.  Anyway – for now pool season is over.  Ahhh Summer . . . it’s been fun while it lasted!!  Oh well . . . here comes Autumn – my second favorite season. (Don’t let Summer hear this but Spring is my favorite!!)




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