Photo Friday: I couldn’t help myself

This fall has been particularly lovely.  I can’t tell you if it is only my perception of the season, or if in fact it is truly better this year, but I find that I can’t help but add just one more view…

I stand looking out my window and see that the rain has washed away the dust from the far-reaching windstorms generated in Hurricane Sandy’s fury.   This wet and overcast view enriches the fall color.  It is an enigma to me that with all the rich, warming, color of the season, I should have to bundle up to go outside, but I want an unfiltered view for my portrait.

Thus bundled and standing on the front porch I set up my camera and try to capture that warmth, saving it for this winter when it will be truly frigid and seemingly bereft of life.

Finding what I’m looking for, I capture the moment.


I study the treeline trying to decide on another suitable view, when suddenly the cloud cover breaks allowing a single shaft of light to fall in the center of the trees.

There in the middle of all this loveliness burns the heart of fall, and I think to myself,

“This will do.”

NOTE:  Today’s images are best viewed full size.  Please click the photos for best color and clarity.


UPDATE:  For those who can’t get enough fall color you can find plenty more from all over the US on Growing the Home Garden’s website ~

35 thoughts on “Photo Friday: I couldn’t help myself

    • pixilated2 says:

      Thank you, Tom. I will have to give your idea some careful consideration! I have no idea what all would be involved in such a venture… Have you done something like this before?

    • pixilated2 says:

      Dianne, it would seem unanimous then! I had thought that by now all the other blogs posting Autumn pictures would have surely bored everyone to tears, but then, I’m not bored, so I took a chance and posted. 🙂

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Nuh-uh!! You’re right, fall colour is what fills you up until you can either get your Vit. D playing outside on a gorgeously frigid, blindingly sunny winter day, or you finally dig yourself out come spring (whichever suits your fancy; )
        Fall foliage always looks best with a dark, damp bark background… Go ahead and try that five times fast, I dare ya!
        And LOVING that mossy rail fence too btw.

    • pixilated2 says:

      Perhaps some day you shall? You never know!

      The artist you shared captured the character of the Gum/eucalyptus trees perfectly. We had many of these in California when I was growing up. They were planted as windbreaks around the citrus groves and vineyards. Sadly, somehow the eucalyptus borer was brought in and escaped into the trees, and in seemingly no time at all they were dead and gone. I always liked the smell of their leaves, and their peeling bark, but my favorite was the Eucalyptus citriodora! You could crush the leaves to release that lovely lemon smell, but on a hot summer day the heat would bring out their refreshing aroma!

  1. shoreacres says:

    So beautiful! How lucky you are to have such a place to live. I can’t imagine getting tired of your photos. As a matter of fact, one of my friends over at weather underground posts the view from her place every day, and we watch the changes together. She’s pretty dedicated, but she kept at it this year until she had to move at the end of October. Maybe she’ll start again once she gets settled.

    I sent an email w/the quilt photos – yea, me!

    • pixilated2 says:

      Thank you, Linda! I got your photos and I am working on narrowing down the pattern in the quilt. It is an amazing piece and I am honored that you shared the pictures with me!

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