Lens-Artists Challenge #106 – AUTUMN
“The bright summer had passed away, and gorgeous autumn was flinging its rainbow-tints of beauty on hill and dale”
Cornelia L. Tuthill
For me, as our seasonal challenges turn to autumn, my thoughts turn to two things – color and family. Color, of course, is obvious. The yellows, reds and golds of autumn are everywhere as the seasons change and the trees erupt in an annual show of finery. Here on Kiawah though, our autumn colors (with the exception of our beautiful sweetgrass) are a bit more subdued. In a normal year we seek autumn’s beauty with family visits.
“When everything looks like a magical oil painting, you know you are in Autumn!”
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Our family in New York City is fortunate to have been able to take refuge from the pandemic in nearby Hudson County. Most years we have visited them in the city, and from there made a family trip to the countryside. My opening image was captured as the sun was setting over their back porch view of Hudson County. The second is an iPhone capture I made during a family walk along NYC’s Hudson River. Both images are from last year’s autumn visit. We are sincerely hoping there will be a 2020 version this coming fall.
“All the sun-faded colors of summer repainted by vivid reds and golds clinging to branches soon to be covered with snow.”
I couldn’t resist one more image of the glories of fall in New York’s Hudson County. The image above comes from a solitary walk my Fuji and I took one afternoon while the family was otherwise occupied. As a native northeasterner, the beauties of fall foliage and their scent wafting through the air is one of the few things I truly miss living in the South. The season which follows it….not so much!
“The sunsets of Autumn—are they not gorgeous beyond description?”
Crossing the country for another family visit, my husband and I sometimes visit my brother and sister-in-law at their home in Arizona. One evening I walked out into their back yard expecting to find yet another beautiful sunset. I was stunned by the way the light was hitting the large tree in his neighbor’s back yard, and turned my back on the sunset to capture its fiery glow.
“As long as Autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see.”
Vincent Van Gogh
Of course I could not leave a discussion of autumn without at least one image of Kiawah’s sweetgrass. While it’s true that much of our plant life retains it’s green foliage throughout the year, our normally yellowy-green sweetgrass spends much of autumn showing off in beautiful shades of purplish-pink. Soft and willowy looking, do not be fooled – it’s blades are prickly and pointed, protecting it from any who might wish to take a few fronds back home. Here, the return of the sweetgrass to its plebeian yellow/green tint is a sure sign that winter is waiting in the wings.
As always, sincere thanks to those who responded to last week’s spring challenge. (Yes, we realize spring does not follow summer nor does autumn follow spring, but you must admit we made you think about it for an extra minute, didn’t we? 🙃 ) We very much enjoyed all of your responses – especially yours truly, since I am currently embroiled in another hot, humid southern summer! We hope to see you next week when Ann-Christine brings you Winter, our final seasonal challenge. In the meanwhile, please be sure to link your Autumn response to Patti’s original post here, and to use the Lens-Artists TAG to help us find you.