Friday, October 8, 2010

(Day 280) Signs of the season

Thursday Oct. 7, 2010

Fall hasn't arrived yet in some parts of the northern hemisphere. The further south you go, the later you'll see the signs of fall. Here, however, there's no mistaking it. Some of the signs are obvious while others require more careful observation. Regardless, the season marches on, sometimes imperceptibly, until suddenly the next season intrudes on the current one.

I went for a drive this afternoon since yesterday's downpour had been replaced by a glorious fall sun, and I sought out some of the signs of the season.

(70-200mm  f11  1/160 sec  ISO200)

The maple trees are at their finest

(70-200mm  f11  1/200 sec  ISO200)

Canada geese are holding a last gathering before heading south

(70-200mm  f11  1/160 sec  ISO200)

bees are collecting the last nectar from wildflowers

26 comments:

darlin said...

Rick you have captured the essence of fall impeccably. The colors are amazing, the macro shot of the bee is stunning and geese are right in their element. Fantastic photos once again Rick! Have a fantastic Friday. :-)

jasmin said...

when fall is over
Now the days are gray, cool, quiet ....
but your photos trahlen much color, mit herrlichen schönen Farben herzlichst Jasmin....

Katherine said...

Some more very beautiful Autumn photos Rick...I love them all but I especially love the one with the bee in the flowers. Very nice indeed.. Wishing you have a wonderful weekend Rick..cheers Kath

marty said...

merveilleuses images d'un merveilleux automne
dans ton merveilleux pays !!
bisous Rick

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful fall! Our beauty has vanished,it is always so short lived.
Blessings,Ruth

S. Etole said...

looks much like here ...

Leovi said...

I love trees, beautiful light and wonderful colors. Greetings

Rick said...

@darlin - thank you Darlene - the fall colours come and go so quickly that I wanted to 'seize the day' and make it a theme for a few days. I got such enjoyment out of it !

Rick said...

@jasmin - viele dank jasmin ! We had a beautiful fall day today - 22C and sunny ! Herrlich ! I hope your weather improves soon. Have a great weekend!

jasmin said...

Danke für die Grüße und die Wünsche, heute habe ich 3 Stunden mit dem Fahrrad gefahren, in den Wald ,zur Burg, es war wunderschön,und nun bin ich müde, es ist bei uns schon Spät in der Nacht, herzliche Grüße Jasmin...

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you Katherine - judging from your blog, we both seem to be in autumn ;-)

Have a great weekend too Katherine - it's Thanksgiving weekend and our whole family will be together !

Rick said...

@marty - merci marty; autumn is beautiful right now and I'm enjoying going out to capture it!

Have a wonderful weekend !

Rick said...

@Ruth's Photo Blog - thank you for taking time to stop by Ruth. May you and Jake continue to find beauty in God's good creation, and in the comfort of his love !

Rick said...

@S. Etole - then you're enjoying a beautiful fall too Susan. Have a wonderful weekend !

Rick said...

@Leovi - thank you; the colours this year are outstanding ! A lovely weekend for you.

Rick said...

@jasmin - jasmin - you are certainly up late, and especially after such a long bike ride ! Isn't it great being outdoors enjoying all the beauty around us ! Have a good rest - gute nacht !

Carolyn Ford said...

How beautiful! We're a long way from any fall color in southern California (except for the high elevations). But, I did see some gorgeous color in New Mexico around Taos this past week. I'll post those pics this weekend...your Canadian fall must be something SO special!

Rick said...

@Carolyn Ford - thank you Carolyn and welcome back ! I look forward to seeing your New Mexico photos. Maybe we can send you some cooler air so you'll get fall colours in California. Our fall is amazing this year !

Have a great weekend.

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

autumn come!! beautiful images!! best regards

Katherine said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family Rick. Have a wonderful time!

jasmin said...

lieber Rick,Danke, ja es wird bei mir immmer nach Mitternacht, ich denke die Fahrt, es hat mich nicht angestrengt, du weißt wir werden immer jünger..hier gibt es viele große Burgen zu sehen,sehr alt, liebe Grüße von Jasmin

becky said...

Hello, Rick! I had left a comment here on my lunch break yesterday ( I thought...) I must've not hit the word verification! Anywho, what I said was how the bottom photo looked like spring to me, rather than fall :)
Love that shot! I bet those maple trees smell good! Have a wonderful weekend & thanks for visiting my blog, too!
:) :) :)

Rick said...

@Costea Andrea Mihai - thank you Costea; I see autumn has arrived in Romania too !

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you so much Katherine ! Have a wonderful, stress-free weekend !

Rick said...

@jasmin - ha ha, yes we`re not getting younger, but we are becoming wiser, aren`t we ? Hopefully you had a good rest and your weekend is peaceful ! Viele dank jasmin.

Rick said...

@becky - I`ll have to see if I can improve how the word verification appears; thanks for stopping by - always appreciate your comments and I look forward to visiting your blog to see how your real `work` is going ! Have a great weekend !