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October 24, 2008 / Bo Mackison

An Autumn Hang-Up



Autumn is definitely upon us. Everywhere I look there is evidence of summer’s long past retreat and autumn’s complete domination. Two of the trees in my yard are totally bare. Brown, crunchy leaves are spread under their empty branches, and while I find it rather satisfying to stomp through the noisy litter, I’m not too thrilled at the prospect of the raking job that is on the agenda for this week-end – that is, if it doesn’t snow as is predicted.

My red maple is still fully dressed, and lovely. Deep reds at the very top meld into bright reds and then orange-reds towards the bottom of the tree. I’ve been waiting for the sun to shine to take a few photos, but without any luck. It’s raining now, and I haven’t the heart to even check the weather report for tomorrow.

Lots of photographers seem to be attracted to the simple leaf this week. I’ve seen a few outstanding examples. A pair of brown leaves here, and here is another favorite, with a great twist, and then one more product of autumn’s touch, and finally one with a foreign flavor.

How soon until we are all taking photos of that white fluffy stuff?  Too soon, I’m thinking. Way too soon.


  1. Ron in L.A. / Oct 24 2008 7:04 am

    Really nice Bo, love the color… 😉

    R(etc… )

  2. Marcie / Oct 24 2008 7:20 am

    Love the softness and simplicity of your ‘single leaf’. I think we’re just a little ahead of you with the changing colors. Things are – all too quickly – turning to shades of brown!!!!

  3. Robin / Oct 24 2008 8:22 am

    Wonderful, Bo. I like the color and the softness and the simplicity of this shot.

    Can I come over and help you rake?? Please? Pretty please??? One of my all-time favorite outdoor chores is raking leaves, something we don’t do out here in the country. I’ll gladly trade chores with you. This weekend my husband and I will be out hauling and sawing wood (downed trees from Hurricane Ike), and chipping and shredding. Good arm-toning and calorie-burning work.

    Thanks for the mention. 🙂

  4. Bo / Oct 24 2008 8:33 am

    Ah, Robin – raking in bright sunny weather did once hold huge appeal for me, too, when the piles were full of laughing, jumping children, and the follow-up was a wiener roast. But soggy leaves in blustery snowy weather – the spirit isn’t quite up for that scene. 😦

  5. Robin / Oct 24 2008 8:54 am

    When you put it that way, Bo, it doesn’t sound like much fun. 😦 I saw the rain/snow mix in our forecast for Monday. Let me know how it turns out since it’ll get to you first.

  6. spasmicallyperfect / Oct 24 2008 1:39 pm

    Stumbled back here via the comment of yours.
    Gees, not sure how I forgot about you.
    Always loved your shots, love the one above!
    Can’t wait for the weekend, to take more shots.
    I caught Fall in my camera a few weeks ago, but I’m not able to capture the way you do.
    If you interested:

  7. Anna Surface / Oct 24 2008 2:29 pm

    Very nice capture, Bo, with the single leaf and contrasting field grass. I’ve eyed the single leaf yet haven’t seen anything I’d want for a photograph yet. 🙂

  8. Gandalf / Oct 24 2008 4:00 pm

    You mentioned the white fluffy stuff – license for me. I love fall, but I’m looking forward ski season. However, I as you, will need to wade through leaf season first.

  9. Laurie / Oct 24 2008 11:38 pm

    This is lovely. There is a sweetness in this image.

  10. rlovison / Oct 31 2008 2:13 pm

    The more I look at this photograph, the more I like it. The shallow depth-of-field works well in this image. Beautiful.

  11. Amelia / Oct 31 2008 3:11 pm

    I love how this is all one color and so perfect.

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