Sunday, November 18, 2012

I never can give in to winter gracefully.

It's going. A week ago, I worked with gorgeous fall color reflected on my computer screen from the window behind me.
Now, the leaves are mostly down in a more quietly-hued carpet.
From inside my house, I watch the inmates sent by the city vacuum up leaves I've raked to the street.
And I see the world around me slowly giving way to the browns and ambers of late autumn.
There are still signs of life, rebellious little weeds who refuse to go down without a fight.
But the sunflowers know, and so do I.

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  1. I love the picture of the bench with leaves on it :)

    It is hard to imagine that we are evena week before Thanksgiving, yet alone a month before winter begins; this year flew by; I think that is why for me it is so hard to give into winter gracefully because I still think we are in spring!

    We don't get the dramatic changing of seasons here nor the cold weather, but I think the less light in the evenings and mornings is the hardest thing to gracefully give in to

    may this be a great day!

    betty

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    1. Well, I'm not surprised you like the bench picture!

      Each year goes by a little more quickly. I try to remind myself that it means Spring will seem to get here more quickly, too. And yes, a lot of the problems is the declining light.

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  2. I feel the same way about the end of autumn. It's my favourite season and I hate to see it end.

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    1. It might be my favorite season if it weren't followed by Winter. So I've switched my love to Spring for it's gift of Summer.

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  3. what a cool picture of the shrooms! magic....each season carries a bit of it you know....autumn is def my fav....but i could get into some snow...

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    1. Thanks. And I do even appreciate the magic in winter. Just not the cold!

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  4. I share Brian's feeling about the mushrooms. In fact, I think it is a extraordinary photo - great composition, contrast, depth of field, concept .....what's not to like.

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    1. Oh thanks! I just caught sight of that as I was walking by and had to go back for the shot.

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  5. At least you live in an area that let's you adjust somewhat gradually. My town shifts overnight, 65f one day, 15f and a foot of snow the next.
    Have a great thanksgiving.

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    1. This is why I could not live in your area. It would kill me. And happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

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  6. Not a problem here since winter gives us relief from the killer heat of summer! Love the pic of leaves and mushrooms.

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    1. I am kind of a fan of the killer heat of summer!

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  7. A time of mourning and then awakening.

    I'm intrigued by "inmates" as in released from jail for work?

    XO
    WWW

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    1. They are people who are just in the county jail, for non-violent crimes, who are on the work crew. It's a privilege they can earn to get some time outdoors.

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  8. time for sweaters and lots of fires in the fireplace!

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  9. i covet spring. love seeing the earth crack open. i'm with you about winter, as you know. my most important tool is a warm hat. without it, i would be a depleted icicle...

    i can't help thinking that bench is ready for come what may. :^)

    love
    kj

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    1. A hat is not nearly enough for me! I need a cave, with a down comforter.

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  10. At some point, ya just gotta throw your hands up and give in, huh?

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  11. I saw an older man in his driveway with a shop vac last week, trying to eat up his leaves like your photo. Strange, huh? We are supposed to be at 61 degrees on Thanksgiving. Hooray!

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    1. The city turns these into mulch, fortunately, so I'm happy to see them vacuumed up.

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  12. All of the beauty of fall is long gone around here. We are now into the just waiting for the snow to land on us mode. However, it has been unseasonably warm, which I enjoy. Last winter was mild, and there are predictions of a mild winter this year (global warming?). I don't mind winter nearly as much if the blizzard conditions are kept to a minimum.

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    1. We shouldn't get snow for a little while, but I still don't like the short, colder days.

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  13. I can't even begin to explain how depressing November is to me. I hate late fall and winter.

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  14. Our seasons are not so dramatic here, but I do dislike the grey of winter and being even a little bit cold. I truly dislike having it be fully dark by 5pm. That is just depressing.
    Your photos are lovely though.

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    1. I hate the days when I am getting ready for work in the dark and then leaving work in the dark. Ugh.
      And thanks.

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