Lens-Artists Challenge: Colors of Autumn

Lens-Artists Challenge #167: Colors of Autumn

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The colors of Autumn are peeking out…little by little…in my northeast corner of the US. I have chosen some old favorites to share in this challenge, as I think Autumn (once it gets going in my neighborhood) is the most colorful season (sorry Spring!).

There’s nothing like blazing red, orange and everything in between when you look up. It all seems to happen overnight or close to it.

Leaves crunch underfoot. I marvel at the uniqueness of each one. I know it’s nature and the leaves’ final stage of life, but perhaps the blaze of color is its glorious send-off after shading us all summer…

Gourds are once again arriving at grocery stores and farm stands. Their colors and textures…so unlike the vegetables of summer. They’ve always struck me as strange in a cool sort of way. I never know what to do with them (no decorating potential…Martha Stewart I’m not), but they deserve a photo.

I know that apples are available year-round at the grocery store – trucked in from somewhere, but Autumn is the time for apple picking in my local area. Fresh off the trees, branches weighted down…there’s nothing like it. Orchards are busy in September & October…morphing into destination spots for festivals, bluegrass music, hayrides and apple cider donuts. And apples. Lots of apples.

Last but not least, there is orange once more…not just leaves…but pumpkins too – so plentiful in Autumn. Pumpkins to set out on your porch as a festive nod to the season…but when our kids were growing up…the first step was carving jack ‘o lanterns. Very important preparation for placing a lit candle inside on Halloween night.

Hand a knife to a 5 year old and look out!

Careful creativity in the making….

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Daddy and budding artist daughter

27 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge: Colors of Autumn

  1. The blazing red, orange, and …. are taking my breath away… We will never see these color mix here in Texas. I love gourds, I normally put them into a basket. The last image made me smile. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing with us!

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    1. Thank you as well for your kind words! It was fun to join the challenge. The colors we get here are truly stunning – so sorry you miss out on those. I suppose I could put the gourds in a basket…that’s easy 🙂

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      1. Autumn is my favorite season, Andrea! I don’t see those colors in CA. Since my granddaughter, Autumn’s birthday is in September, I go to Portland, Oregon and see those colors. We went to the pumpkin farms. 🙂

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      2. A granddaughter named Autumn! How wonderful – celebrating a birthday and beautiful colors at the same time. Pumpkin farms too. I bet you have some on your post…I will check it out. 🙂

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      3. When my daughter was in the hospital giving birth to Autumn, they had several names for the girl. They called the baby in different names and the baby responded well to the name Autumn. That was how they named her. 🙂

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