Melancholy Monday: First day of autumn

Autumn officially starts at 10:29 tonight. Although I am always a bit sad to see another summer slip away, I am very much looking forward to seeing what this new fall season will have in store for us this year. I will be heading up to the cabin again in early October to meet with my three best friends for our traditional week of music and photography (which, this year, will coincide with a very major birthday of mine), followed soon after by another week or so with CD as we savor what’s left of the autumn color and prepare the cabin for its closure for the winter. In the meantime, in keeping with the theme of this post, since it’s not quite officially autumn yet, I’d like to offer a few favorite images of early autumn from bygone times.  (I have taken care to include only images that I made within a week of this date in recent years.  Some of these I have posted before, but I feel quite comfortable revisiting old friends, don’t you?)

Maple & Birch 4191Birch & Maple 9381Leaning Pine 09-30-06Young aspens & asters 9602Itasca reflections 9761Tandem takeoff 4155These are, as I mentioned, a special selection from my archives, and I offer them with the disclaimer that I have no intention whatsoever of trying to match or surpass them in the weeks to come, but rather—as always—to take full advantage of the new opportunities that come my way, and trust in Frances to help me now and again, and if she’s true to form, she’ll do so when I least expect it. And so I wish you a most excellent equinox.

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12 Responses to Melancholy Monday: First day of autumn

  1. Meanderer says:

    What a beautiful series of Autumnal images – the colours are wonderful.
    I love Autumn with its colours, smells, and sounds. It’s funny – after many warm days and nights this September, we awoke to a very chill morning today – as if Autumn was welcoming itself in and reminding us of the coming change in light and temperature.

    • krikitarts says:

      It’s getting noticeably cooler here now, too. It feels good to be under covers at night again. Pretty soon it will be sweater weather, too. One thing that I dearly miss about the autumns I remember as a boy was the fabulous fragrance of burning leaves. We’d pile them next to the curbs at the edge of the street and light a match to them. Not allowed to do that any more. Sigh.

  2. A wonderful set of images Gary, the second one is my favourite as I love the contrast of the white trunks and red leaves. It’s funny to think as you are going into autumn, spring has come here, my tulips are all blooming and the air is very sweet :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Without the white birches, our autumn would surely be considerably less dramatic. When the maple leaves turn to flame, there are not many others that can rival them. Put them together and it’s pure magic!

  3. Vicki says:

    Beautiful series Gary.
    I like the second shot as well (as Lisa).
    Thanks for sharing Autumn on your side of the world. Spring’s got off to a rather shaky start here.

    • krikitarts says:

      I hope it turns out to be a spectacular autumn, but only time will tell, and I’m eager to see what it brings. For your sake, I hope your spring settles down and smooths out soon.

  4. Winnie says:

    Each image is a gift. Thank you. Enjoy your special week with friends! And, happy birthday.

    • krikitarts says:

      I consider the opportunities I’ve had to make images like these to have been gifts, and I am very grateful. Each new one is another. And I am SO looking forward to my new birthday week–thanks, Winnie!

  5. Jeff Sinon says:

    Beautiful photos Gary. I’m so excited that fall has finally arrived. And I’ll be spending the first weekend of autumn in the middle of nowhere enjoying it too! 3, maybe 4, days of nothing but mountains and sky, with color that should be very close to peak!

    • krikitarts says:

      It’s been a long time since I’ve been in real mountains at this time of year, and I wish you peak glory and safe hiking. I’m looking forward to the somewhat gentler north woods, but they’re much kinder on my joints. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can make of it!

  6. Adrian Lewis says:

    Revisiting old friends is certainly good, for two reasons. First, if they’re good then they should certainly be shown more than once. But secondly, delving into the archive is also important because those new to your blog won’t have seen your earlier offerings. Showing images once and then regarding them as somehow “used” is a very cloistered outlook in my view.

    Oh these pictures are something else! Sumptuous colour in all cases! But the two that really bore through the back of my skull are the second and third down – especially the third one – wow!!! A

    • krikitarts says:

      Yet again, we are on the same wavelength. Is it possible that we were friends in our previous iterations? The second down is one of my (and others’) all-time favorites, but the third has been met with varying degrees of appreciation by most of my inner circle. I am delighted that you have also selected that one as special for you. But–bore through the back of your skull? I have yet to receive a compliment of that…um…dare I say it–caliber? Thank you, my friend!

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