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Faded Glory

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As I sit here looking out at the subdued shades of fall in the leaf-strewn yard I can’t help but draw a comparison to my own life.

Fall seems to me a time of reflection, as the world begins to fade into a colourless palette. Like the gardens, I was once in full bloom, lively with a colourful personality, each day filled with wonder and adventure despite the challenges. As the rains & winds have weathered the plants, events and circumstances as well as time itself have taken their toll on both my body and spirit. No longer do I bound through the days, rather a slow stroll, quietly admiring the small wonders of each day. In the twilight of our seasons, drab and fading, the garden and I both now sit.


Of course, upon close inspection, we are both still quite unique and interesting, but few slow down enough to notice now, and most pass by without a second glance. So as I wander outdoors with my camera to shoot fading plants on this drab October day, I am determined to capture their angles of beauty, the majesty and spirit in their dying leaves, their fading glory.



Most of all, I realise that we will all strive to be here to see another spring, however long & difficult the coming winter with it’s cold and frosts may be. While the cool rain beats down the remaining plant stalks,or even in the deepest quiet of a winter snowfall, there still lingers at the edge of my mind the scent of lilacs in bloom, and such eternal hope dispels the dampness & gloom to turn faded glory to justified seasonal beauty.





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Fantastic colour on those trees..

25 Oct, 2009

 

Lovely colours and the bark on the trees as well.

25 Oct, 2009

 

loved this blog, both the beautiful photos and also the sentiments.
Spring will be here before we know it,
I don't mind the winter weather I just HATE the dark nights

25 Oct, 2009

 

Wonderful colours on the trees and patterns on the bark

25 Oct, 2009

 

I think the beauty of autumn and winter is more subtle. Not bright and in-your-face like the summer. I preffer it.

Also I like being older and wiser instead of young and inexperienced. :o)
I liked your blog and photos. Thank you.

25 Oct, 2009

 

Wow the colours of those trees are stunning.

25 Oct, 2009

 

Thank you everyone! I love the fall too, with all it's changing beauty. I like the fresh snowfalls of winter, but getting around is so much harder - i'd never want to be without it but a nice little 2 month season would be perfect, lol!
Hywel, I don't mind growing older, except that my body just refuses to do what I want it to do - to be who we are with the body of a seventeen year old would be nice, a tad unrealistic, but nice : o } .

25 Oct, 2009

 

Such beautiful thoughts. And the photography is beautiful as well.

25 Oct, 2009

 

here here, beautiful sentiments and stunning photos.

25 Oct, 2009

 

Loved your blog and photos, i'm not a winter person at all, and the clocks going back lastnight well, i just cant wait for spring to come round again and the light nights are back.

25 Oct, 2009

 

Quite right Grammazoo. A body that works would be a big help.
But I believe there's beauty in every season , and there's beauty in every stage of our lives. Sometimes it stares you in the face like in summer and sometimes you have to look for it. That makes it a bit more special.

25 Oct, 2009

 

At first i thought you were writing for your cat sitting in the window .Then you spoke of your camera and took all those beautiful photos to show us how colourful Autumn can be,Much better being human.........:o))

25 Oct, 2009

 

Lovely blog thanks, I love the colours at this time of year always put it down to being born in November.

25 Oct, 2009

 

Even if people are dieing to get in there, maybe you shouldn't walk in the cemetery...rather turn your feet towards the library or take the grandkids on the train through Gatineau Park (oops only till 10/18). Autumn is a very melancholy time to me, so I plant bulbs: a merry heart maketh like a good medicine.

25 Oct, 2009

 

It's ok Orgratis, I was just feeling reflective, not depressed, lol! Actually this is a beautiful cemetery sitting on top of a ridge with a lovely selection of trees, and quite a nice place to walk; it holds a few aquaintences to visit as well, sadly, but for the most part it is an enjoyable area. When I first started taking photos, one of my favourite things to shoot were statuary and very old tombstones. I just love all the history to be found in a graveyard. Parks are lovely too, and much better for the grandkids wild romping, to be sure!

26 Oct, 2009

 

I like to visit the old graveyards & read the tombstones, too. Maybe you could put together a blog of some of your photos for Halloween/Samhain? Read somewhere that the ancient Celts released the souls of all those who'd died the previous year, then celebrated beginning the new year at this time. As I lived up the road from the Victor cemetery in CO, I took time each Halloween to say some prayers of release to Godspeed any lingering ghosts (& remember my friends).

26 Oct, 2009

 

Lovely blog - the autumn colours are just beautiful.

4 Dec, 2009

 

Gorgeous vibrant colours. We are as young as we feel and age is just a number.

2 Feb, 2010

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