LOCAL COLOR

The daily circling out from home doesn’t extend very far these days, but

places nearby, when examined over and over

reveal delightful twists on

familiar forms.

Just look –

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Maple leaf

embraced.

 

Leaf ghosts

strewn across the sidewalk

make use of

graffiti punctuation.

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Field and forest:

these tangled masses

are experts at being

lost.

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Leaf’s clipped edges,

allow a glimpse of the next season.

 

Stem’s inner glow

recalls the season past.

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Lily pads blurred,

lily pads crisp:

neither one preferred.

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Queen Anne’s lace –

in the intimate clutch of its seedheads

Stink bug finds comfort.

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Leaf map

reminds me

to forget the way.

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Sucked into the void, floating on the wind –

leaves and ribbons

shadow the season.

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Parting shot: the first photograph, this time in black and white.

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Photos taken in King, Snohomish and Skagit counties, Washington State, USA.

Some taken with a Samsung phone, some with an Olympus EM-1. Processed in Lightroom, Silver efex pro and Color efex pro.

 


32 comments

  1. Loved all of these, but ‘field and forest’ grabbed me and hung on. Yay! Looks like the predicted nasty storm pretty much passed us by. The sun is out at the moment, though I suppose there could be more. Hope you’re doing well, too!

    • I can’t believe the sun is out down there – you must be further south than I remembered. We’re heading into the worst of it in a few hours. Went out for a walk today, and only had about 15 minutes of time without rain. We are soaked. Getting seriously tired of not being able to drive myself anywhere! Next week we fly down to Monterey for a conference – that will be a nice change of scenery!

    • I made that up – I don’t remember seeing this in NY, but around here, every fall the sidewalks are dotted with – I guess it’s tannin? – from leaves that fall, get wet and stick to the sidewalk, then blow away. They leave beautiful “ghosts” of themselves behind. Why not in NY? A mystery.
      p.s. I googled it, and yes, it seems to be tannin. And I guess it happens all over, but I see it much more here than I ever did anywhere else. I’m not the first to call them ghost leaves, either…so much for originality! Thanks for making me dig!

  2. I knew you wouldn’t stay put for too long Lynn ! Glad to hear you managed a walk and although getting soaked was not so good ๐Ÿ˜ฆ your local outing has revealed some lovely Autumnal offerings . I love your leaf map … it reminds me of flying over the Summer parched fields of Spain . Queen Anne’s lace so intricate … lovely close shots .
    Enjoy your change of scenery next week Lynn , having Googled to be sure where Monterrey is exactly I can see some rather nice sunshine on the cards for you . Hurrah x

    • This post is the result of quite a few walks actually, but most of them pretty recent – sometimes, just out for the afternoon espresso, walking around the block, and taking a picture of the sidewalk with my phone, other times, parks. But I’m itching to go farther afield! That leaf map was at a local park – amazing, isn’t it? I meant to bring it home but forgot to. It may or may not be sunny in CA but I’m hoping!

  3. Thanks for the visual treat. I’ve never seen the Queen Anne’s lace – how intricate. And I keep coming back to the leaves on the grate, really like that.

    • You go between Texas and Alaska, right? You should be able to find it in Texas, but maybe not Alaska…it’s a carrot relative, introduced from Europe. We used to put stems in an ink or food coloring and water solution when we were kids. The white, lacy flower would slowly pick up the color and darken – capillary action. Science! (Thought you’d like that).
      The leaves on the grate was taken with my phone – one of those spontaneous captures. Thanks!

      • Our little phones outperform expensive cameras of the past. Weird. I’ll look for the plant in Texas for sure. And yes, good science!

  4. Lynn, your pictures are so lovely! Queen Anne’s Lace is such a nicer name for what we know as Cow Parsley. It is everywhere on Sherkin Island and I am fascinated with its beauty at every stage of its growth cycle.

    • Names can influence the way we see things, can’t they? I only came to love their late season beauty in more recent years – isn’t it great that so common a plant can be so intriguing?

  5. Lynn, I have to say that ‘m a big fan of your photography, your images really do get to me, I admire your eye. There’s not one here that I don’t like, and several of them that really really hit me. Keep on keeping on!!!!!!!!! A ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ๐Ÿ™‚ Great encouragement, Adrian, thank you! No doubt I will keep on. Now I can get the camera up to my eye and depress the shutter with my right hand, but I can’t hold it there for long yet. Slowly, slowly…

    • Linda, I know you’re in my corner, and it’s a good thing! See what I said to Louis above? The third one was really dark and I totally changed it – but it worked. Ya never know. Usually I don’t take things that far from the original, but….

      • I am starting to think I should never say never, myself. (Not that YOU said that . . .) Am just now digging into my archives for tomorrow’s post, and see that there is more I can/want to do to the image in question. Wouldn’t have done it two years ago. I love Lightroom. Speaking of, how have you fared at getting your images in order?

  6. Forgive me for saying it, but that maple leaf looks like it’s giving someone the finger….

    That aside…you have found some beautiful spots in your limited wandering. I rather admire those Queen Anne’s Lace clusters with the stink bug…..

    Very nice, Lynn.


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