Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fall Color Winding Down

Our woodpile
There's not much left to the traditional New England Fall Foliage at this time. Most of the leaves have left the trees and are carpeting the woods and vales. Ambitious souls rake and recycle their leaves, but Mother Nature has her ways. The crispy carpet slowly compacts into soggy masses of rotting leaves as snow covers them for the winter. In spring this natural mulch fertilizes and shelters the babies till they are ready to show their heads to the warming sun. Then it all comes to leaf and bloom again.

Deer's Dessert

I love the fall, but become sad when the colors go away. As an amateur photographer, though, I've begun to search for color when there is 'none', and though it is not as apparent, there it is! 


Last year on a black and white day, after the snow stopped, I went on a photo trip around the area seeking red. I came up with some spectacular photos featuring red berries covered with dripping white snow, red barns, stop signs, red doors, red lights, cardinals, etc.  I made an accordian book of the pictures and sent them to a friend.  I'll show you those pictures after the snow falls here, but meanwhile--What does New England look like in November?

Bittersweet vines have lost their leaves and the berry's husks have popped open. Bayberries and other red berries, apples, crabapples and other gorgeous seedy, viney and poddy things carpet the landscape, feeding the birds and creatures, seeding the area with next year's bounty.

Sumac Tassles

Look around! Every day you can discover something delightful if you begin to 'see' in a new way what has been right in front of you all along.

Furry roof for a rodent family
 Though I don't look forward to winter, I know I will find beauty in it's austerity. I won't just sit around depressed like I used to do, I'll seek the beauty and try to capture it for you!

Enjoy yourselves!



  1. Living in a desert country where there are no litter laws, I definitely have to seek beauty each and every day. Beyond the trash, there are hidden jewels to be found with eyes wide open. It is so true that if we just start to look at things in a different way, it will all be so much brighter and more beautiful. Lovely photos. I love the starkness with just a popl of color. Hope you are having a beautiful day. Best wishes, Tammy

  2. Sherry, oh yes we can find colors, everywhere,alwayes- I even try to dress, in many colors, when all is dark, and wintery-to cheer up a bit....
    The Bittersweets, looks fantastic--I don`t know if we got them here!!! so beautifull-can you dry them ,to take inside for christmas?
    The old barn, is so wonderfull with it`s red door, too.
    Happy evening,-Dorthe

  3. Beautiful post dear Sherry! I simply love coming by here.;) You know, I wrote a very similar post last November, exactly the same sentiments. I also went for a search of colours in November and found plenty.;)
    There is definitely nothing amateur like about your photography, in my eyes it is stunning.
    Have a lovely Friday,

  4. Love your photos...the barn is just beautiful.

  5. Your photos are beautiful! Red is my favorite color and it stand out so wonderfully in the way you captured it in different ways.

  6. Beautiful photos of late fall... Thanks for posting them...


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