Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 106: Autumn

And all at once, summer collapsed into fall – Oscar Wilde 

This week for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #106, our seasonal focus shifts to autumn, which is a time of change in many parts of the world.   Summer’s bold and vibrant flowers start to fade, wither, and turn to seed.

Wild Pods. Holland State Park, Michigan.

Fall is a second spring when every leaf’s a flower.  ~Albert Camus

Leaves that were once green turn vivid shades of red, orange, and gold.

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Harvest festivals mark the end of the growing season and nature puts on a grand display as temperatures grow colder.  The ground is carpeted with leaves, nuts and seeds.  Farmers plow under the last vestiges of the summer harvest and some people store canned fruits and vegetables to provide a taste of summer even during the long winter months ahead.

Saugatuck Walk. Saugatuck, Michigan. Nature Photography.

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.–L. M. Montgomery

Many people are revitalized in the the cooler temperatures.  At the same time, the weather grows stormy and unpredictable and the days grow shorter.

Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.~William Cullen Bryant

Nature is reduced to its most elemental state.  Branches are stark, and so are the remaining leaves and stems of plants.  Soon, it will be winter.

For me, autumn is a nostalgic time, filled with memories of our son’s first days of school, apple picking, the golden light of autumn, and time spent with friends and family gathered to celebrate the harvest festivals.   This autumn will be different.  Our son lives now in Canada, which has closed its borders to Americans.  So we will have to wait for the covid situation to improve before we can see each other again. Then, we’ll truly celebrate and appreciate once again the gift of our son’s love as we create memories of our time spent together.

We hope you will join us for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #106 Autumn and share your images of this season.  What does autumn look like in your part of the world?  What does this season mean to you personally?  If you don’t live in a temperate climate and you don’t have an autumn, show us a change in weather, such as the arrival of a dry or wet season, like the monsoons.  In your post, include the “Lens-Artists” tag so it will appear in the WP Reader, which can significantly increase the number of readers who see and comment on your posts.  For instructions on adding tags, click on this link.

A special thanks to Tina for hosting last week’s Spring challenge. Your images of spring were a wonderful reminder of the beauty, hopefulness and poetry of that season.  Thanks for sharing them with all of us.

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Next week, it’s Ann-Christine’s turn to lead the July Seasons Challenge for LAPC, when she’ll be exploring Winter, so please stop by!

And finally, I hope you are enjoying the beauty of the season–wherever you may be.   Our sincere thanks for being a part of our Lens-Artists Photo Challenges.  Your participation and creativity are a gift to us during these trying and often stressful times.   Take care and be well.

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    • Thank you, Rusha! I’m delighted. I love those golden fall colors and the light. Autumn is a sad time for many people, but I do enjoy it, especially when the foliage is vivid and the days are crisp and clear. Take care and stay well.

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      • Thanks :). Oh yes, I guess for someone who hasn’t seen it and had always seen it on Instagram and other places before, it was nothing but sheer delight :D.

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    • Hi, Tina. Many thanks! I am hoping I can replenish my photo archives when we can travel again! Autumn is. such. a gorgeous season. I am also hoping we can see our kids (and grandkids) in the coming months. Fingers crossed for both of. us.

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  2. Beautiful, Patti. I especially love the forest scene. Our native trees are evergreen, they drop a few leaves all year round but we only get autumn colour and piles of leaves from exotic trees in gardens.
    I hope you get to see your son soon. Take care.

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    • Hi, Wendy. Thank you! I love that walk in Saugatuck, too. It was one of our favorites in Michigan. And thanks too, about seeing my son. Zoom calls help, but it’s been almost a year since we’ve seen him. It’s hard, but thankfully, all’s good in Vancouver and they’re starting to open up. I hope you are able to see friends and family!

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  3. Such a beautiful set of images of Autumn, Patti. I love the milkweeds and the color of the leaves is amazing. I’d love to walk on the ground carpeted with leaves, nuts and seeds. Hope you will visit your son soon.

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    • Hi, Amy. Many thanks. I miss him a lot, but I’m also thankful he’s living in a place where they’re managing covid well. That’s a huge relief! I’m sure you don’t see a lot of deciduous trees in Texas and I hope you get to visit the splendid colors in the Northeast.

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  4. Beautiful seed pods feathering into the wind. And the forest is also beautiful. I share your feelings about your son. Our son lives in England and we cannot go to see him. It is hard to be separated but video chats on the weekends do help.

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    • Hi, Anne. Thank you! Oh, I’m sorry you can’t see your son! I know how that feels. But you’re right about the video chats. They do help. Here’s hoping you can see him in the next few months.

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  5. Beautiful images, Patti. I especially liked the forest. It’s true that autumn seems to be a nostalgic time. Yeah, Canada and some countries close the borders on us. Even going to Alaska needs to have negative of Covid-19 test. The world is so different. We’ll miss two weddings from family members. Take care. 🙂

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    • Many thanks, SH. I’m glad you liked the images of autumn. It’s always a surprise when I’m in the midst of a beautiful area and I pick out one small detail, which turns out to convey a larger scene. It’s a technique I’m trying to master. It’s hit or miss right now! I’m delighted you joined us, too. Your pine forest is beautiful.

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  6. Aw, I’m so sorry to read you can’t visit your son. I can so relate to your post and your feelings. Thank you for sharing. I love the milkweed photo – in a strange way, they always remind me of hope – all those seeds that can take flight and land and grow again make me smile. I also have hope we’ll get through this rough time in life and we will spend time with family and friends again.

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    • Thank you, Shelley. I’m so glad we can see him via Zoom. It will be almost a year since we were with him! It’s never been that long. And thanks too for your thoughtful comments on the photos. Yes, I think understand what you mean about the milkweed–all those seeds give us the promise of regeneration and another summer. And yes, I totally agree about getting through this and spending time with family and friends again. It will happen.

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      • Yes, thank goodness for Zoom and Skype and Facetime on our phones. It does make it a bit easier to handle.
        You’re welcome. Thank you for hosting this weeks challenge. I agree with you, we will get through this and family gatherings will happen again. 🙂

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  7. Omg, the red leaves are gorgeous. And I agree, autumn is a special time for nature. It is that last bit of life, clinging to the branches, but eventually giving way for the dead of winter. Your post also made me feel nostalgic, thank you.

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    • Hi, M + M! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I’m delighted that the photo “spoke” to you. We take turns hosting the challenges every Saturday at noon. I hope you’ll join us! Thanks again for your thoughts. It’s true that autumn is the last bit of life before the great “chill.”

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  8. That first one is a beautiful photo: perfect autumn colours in the small.

    I like the northern latitudes in autumn, when the words fall and autumn can be used interchangeably. I will go with fall, but I can’t decide which one to post here.

    This: https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2019/12/17/the-purple-mountain/

    or this: https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/a-miniature-world/

    I hope you are able to make the trip to Canada soon.

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    • Thank you, IJ. I enjoyed both your posts. Autumn vs. fall?!? It’s a wonderful dilemma. And thanks too about the hope that we can go to Canada. So far, the ban has been extended until the end of August. We’ll see what happens in the autumn!

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  9. So very beautiful, Patti! Autumn was for a long time in my life the favourite season – your images tell me to choose her again…The wild pod is a true gift – amazing. Love the coloured leaves. I agree, autumn is a nostalgic time…and I used to sit under a blanket and remember.
    So sad you cannot see your son yet – but hopefully you soon will. My daughter is home another two weeks – a joy.

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    • Hi, AC. Thank you for your thoughtful comments, as always. I am hopeful too that we will see our son…but also realistic that we may have to wait until next year. We’ll see. I am delighted that you can be with your daughter. She must give you great joy. Take care, AC, and enjoy the beauty of the season!

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      • Thank you, I will – and the ache in my heart is being soothed when she is here. She will return to Umeå soon, so grateful for the time together. Take care and you will see him soon again!

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    • Hi, Jo. I’m glad you like the autumn colors. They are beautiful, aren’t they? Thanks…about my son. I’m hopeful, but also trying to be realistic. The video chats really do help. And I hope you are doing well, too, Jo! Enjoy the summer!

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  10. Splendid autumn shots, Patti. Are those milkweed seeds? I grew some in my garden this year, hoping to attract monarch butterflies but didn’t see much activity. I feel like I should cut them down before they come to seed and fly all over the neighbors’ gardens, even though they do look lovely and feathery.

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  11. Just love this quote:
    Fall is a second spring when every leaf’s a flower. ~Albert Camus

    Beautiful captures accompanying it Patti. I actually googled why Americans call autumn fall and my suspicions that it simply has to do with falling leaves were confirmed. But the word actually originated in England where both words were used and was brought over to America by the colonists. Fall fell out of favour in England in favour of the Latin autumnus.

    By the way I simply had to busy a week to fall into the autumn challenge, but I may have something up my Wintry sleeve.

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