Tag Archives: fall

Fall Foliage and Felines – Photos

I hope you aren’t getting sick of my autumn photos… Anyway, I am going to repeat a few posted before, but add new ones. (Note – yes, in that photo at the top, that is how steep my back yard is – in places even steeper…)

All of these were taken in and around Wilton, New Hampshire in the last two weeks.

Click on a photo to enlarge it. You can scroll through the enlarged photos as well.

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Fall’s Fire Inspires #tanka

Grace glides through water
Fall’s fire flames in trees and pond
Autumn’s tone inspires
Death blooms beautiful in leaves
Colors create thrill in heart


This was written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge. It was a double challenge – first was a photo challenge using a photo which I took several years ago in Milford, MA. (Yes, Colleen used my photo this week :) ) The second was a synonyms only challenge using the words Move and Make. I combined both challenges and wrote a tanka today.

Photo below was from this Saturday and was taken in Wilton, NH.

The Role of Humans #haiku

The Grand Oak

The trees grant their leaves
Allowed to drop in autumn
Humans rake them up


Written for Colleen’s Weekly poetry challenge. Most weeks she gives us two words to use in our syllabic poems, but we must use synonyms. This week she gave us Fall and Give. I did a Haiku.


I am continuing the trend to use my old drawings that I have previously posted on my blog. The tree is based on an oak tree in my back yard, which is actually bigger than in the drawing!

Autumn on Fire #haiku #tanka

Kitchen Window

Morning light strikes gold
Bright rays hit October leaves
Sets forest aflame

Out of my window

Watching from window
A beautiful glowing death
Spellbound in delight
In this cycle we call life
The phoenix must show envy


Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  However, this week is more of a free run.  This week i decided to do both a haiku and a tanka.

Note – the photos, all taken from my kitchen window, are from a couple of years ago – we do not have any color yet.

After the Equinox – #Haiku #Tanka

Leaves, heald track

Bid to last the day
Wind shakes the color from tree
Death plunge of a leaf

My back yard

A bid to summit
The crackle beneath my feet
Dislodged stone slides down
Autumn hike on a mountain
Tests my feet but frees my soul

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week the words were Fall and Try.  This week i decided to do both a haiku and a tanka.

Note – the photos are from a couple of years ago – we do not have any color yet.

How You See it Matters – #Haibun #Haiku

My back yard

How You See it Matters

Another bus full of tourist rips by, the wind causing my car to veer slightly.  I wonder at the faces I see pressed to the window.  They sit still and watch the world go by, those out of state leaf-peepers, trying to catch a glimpse of red and orange fall through a screen.  I have reached my destination and pull off of the road.  There are few other cars so I know I’ll have the trail to myself.  Another bus roars by, picking up a flurry of color as it passes.  I leave the roadside before the last brick red glider settles.  It only takes a few minutes before the sound of Man is left far behind. I am now surrounded in nature’s color, taking in the fireworks of the foliage, watching the squirrels play and listening to the wind and the water.  In my joy at being alive, I shed a silent tear for those who can only see a bit of fall through the tinted glass window of a tour bus.

The forest burns bright
Trees dressed in golden attire
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Swimming in October

A day swimming at the beach on Cape Cod… in October?

It is October in New England.  Summer is a distant memory.  We have chill nights and walks in the woods full of color.

Or that’s the way it is most years.

The colors aren’t’ bright this year and the air is warm.

I did a long paddle on my kayak today, ending at South Village Beach in West Dennis, MA.  That is on Cape Cod.  The beach is where Swan River meets the Ocean (actually, Nantucket Sound).  I started up in Swan Pond.

After getting to the beach, I waded in the water, going deeper and deeper.  Finally I dunked my head under.  And then I swam for about 5 or 10 minutes.  I didn’t have a towel, so I air dried.

Remember, this is October in New England.

OK, I hiked Franconia Ridge last November and swam off of Cape Cod this October.  I have kayaked every month (on the Cape) for almost 30 months straight.  So what will next year bring?  Sun bathing in January?

Autumn in New England

Bells Neck

I really didn’t have a lot of time for photography this Autumn, but I was able to get the camera out a couple of times and I took a lot of phone pictures.  Although I shared some of the phone pictures before, I redid them in Photoshop.  In some ways I like the Instagram versions better, but I’ll leave these up as a contrast.  Like this picture out of my Kitchen window up in Wilton, New Hampshire.

Out of my window

Did you recognize it?  It has been posted before, an early November scene of grey and the last glowing embers of autumn. Continue reading

Week 42 Part 2 #weeklysmile

Earlier in the week I mentioned how beautiful it is right now but how hard it is to get out with a camera.  Well, I remedied that by taking a couple of phone pictures out of my upstairs kitchen window.  These pictures made me smile ;)



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Does it Matter? Photo Philosophy


New Hampshire is gorgeous in the fall  people come from all over the country, all over the world, to see the leaves change.  This year they came on very slowly, but all at once it seemed like every leaf changed.  Usually it’s more drawn out, so the last two days have been spectacular!  But…

OK, photography has not been in the cards for the last few days and won’t be again for a few more.  And then, I’m like over 1000 photos behind.  What I mean is, I have over 1000 photos on my camera that I have not gone through.  The are from the last half of the summer and the beginning of autumn.  So do I even need to take more pictures? Continue reading