Lens-Artists Challenge #117: A Photo Walk
You are invited to share your photo walk, whether park, beach or street.
Every walk I take usually ends up as a “photo walk,” transforming most walks into their own photo diaries. I often head towards the beautifully landscaped neighborhood next to mine. It consists of single homes which are part of a condo development. A pond, located in one curve of the road, supplies water for potential firefighting purposes (I think).
Photo opportunities have been plentiful along this street, but not just for the flowers. It has also been the home of various wildlife – both winged and webbed.
Back in May I attempted to photograph a duck family making its way across the pond. Little did I know that by September the water level would be reduced to a fraction of what it once was. A drought has hit the northeast United States (in this case New Hampshire) and sights like this are becoming more and more common.
As we all know…what a difference a few months can make.
No more ducks, fish, turtles or frogs when I pass by. I wonder, where did they go? 😦
Not all wildlife is gone however. A family of deer (looks like a family to me) and I meet at a bend in the road every so often. In August, I was mesmerized as – after the first one stared at me for about 30 seconds – they crossed one by one to the woods on the other side, bringing to mind the age old question…
Why did the deer cross the road?
I must clarify…they actually sauntered across the road, not seemingly in any big hurry. I’d like to think they’d seen me before and figured a human with camera in hand was a safe bet. They hung out in their destination spot for a few minutes…too hidden from view for another photo.
This bright autumn display greeted me during a walk last week. Fortunately I took the picture when I did, as the leaves had totally fallen within days of this photo.
Another photo walk complete.
Lens-Artists Challenge #106: Autumn
…share your images of this season. What does autumn look like in your part of the world? What does this season mean to you personally?
Autumn marks time until the cold darkness of winter arrives…as each day rewards us by unveiling ever-changing shades of yellows, oranges and reds.
Along with greens stubbornly hanging on from summer.
A feast for the eyes.
The line of trees along my street pop with color, one by one.
Halloween, my favorite holiday, happens in Autumn. There’s no pressure for gifts or elaborate meals. It’s just all about fun and make-believe. Since moving to a condo, I miss the trick or treaters and those knocks on the kitchen door. Little upturned faces covered with makeup and masks…the scary or beautiful or silly masks that have holes made especially for mouths and noses. I absolutely delighted in their joy as the doorbell rang over and over from 5 to 8 pm.
Autumn also means it’s time for annual fall festivals…including a very special one that I attended last year. It is cancelled for 2020.
Eventually all the leaves turn brown…
…and at the end of a late September day – if you’re lucky – you witness a blaze of gold in a grocery store parking lot…
…in the Autumn.
Inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colors
Remembering October colors…and how they brightened the view during my walk.
Inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Slope
A nearby pond with its perpetual fountain…recently framed (briefly!) in my favorite fall colors. Highlighting the gentle slope to the water.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #70: Monochrome
…we’re inviting you to explore the world of monochrome–which includes black and white and sepia, as well as different shades of one color.
Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.
As I watch the brilliant reds and oranges of fall fade outside my window, a distinctive monochrome emerges.
Crunchy acorns under my feet during a chilly afternoon walk…signal we’re halfway through Autumn. A hint of what’s to come.
There’s nothing quite like crackling river ice…to confirm the reality of winter.
As I try to wait patiently for the return of color next spring.
Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons
IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) THAT DEPICT SEASONS.
I live in the Northeast USA and signs of Autumn are everywhere.
My favorite indicator of the approaching fall season is what I like to call the “natural look.” The trees changing color on a daily basis.
It reminds me of the huge leaf piles I loved to jump in when I was a kid. I don’t recall having to rake them, but I probably did help. The sound of the crunch, the distinctive smell of…fall…drew me in one way or the other.
I clearly recall – one late fall afternoon in the backyard – lying face up on the damp grass amongst the fallen leaves. Watching the few clouds in an otherwise blue sky. The sun’s rays shifting. Leaves continuing to float down. I must have been 9 or 10. I will always remember this moment…I thought…staring hard…listening…trying to make sure the memory stuck.
There was also a dubious activity I took part in: hiding inside leaf piles at curbside. Dutifully raked by all the neighbors. Huge mountains of leaves…ready for the loud lumbering city trucks which came by to suck them all up every week. My game (along with my friend Kathleen): jumping out seconds before the trucks reached us. We shocked the heck out of those drivers.
Not smart, I know.
Remember, children were very unsupervised in the 60s. We played outside all day. One adventure after another.
We also got lucky. At least I did.
It was an exciting time.
Other signs of summer changing into fall?
Walking downtown yesterday, I noticed the local shops had updated their decor.
Orange is the new color-of-the-hour. As in pumpkins…and mums.
On the other hand…
During my afternoon trip to the local wholesale club, I was greeted by another type of decor marking the change of seasons.
Still orange, but not nearly as tasteful.
Definitely not the “natural look” I know and love.
[To my horror, this was also a few aisles away from a display of artificial 7 foot high Christmas Trees!! Yes, Christmas Trees on September 28th – WTH]