Festival of Leaves: Underneath the maples


The time of the falling leaves has come again. Once more in our morning walk we tread upon carpets of gold and crimson, of brown and bronze, woven by the winds or the rains out of these delicate textures while we slept.


How beautifully the leaves grow old! How full of light and color are their last days! There are exceptions, of course. The leaves of most of the fruit-trees fade and wither and fall ingloriously. They bequeath their heritage of color to their fruit. Upon it they lavish the hues which other trees lavish upon their leaves….


But in October what a feast to the eye our woods and groves present! The whole body of the air seems enriched by their calm, slow radiance. They are giving back the light they have been absorbing from the sun all summer.

~John Burroughs, “The Falling Leaves,” Under the Maples


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10 Comments Add yours

  1. verenacave says:

    A beautiful poetry, it describes the season just perfect. I love the effect you used on your pictures. What is it? It works especially for the second photo. Love that one 🙂
    Thanks for taking part!!! xx


    1. Heyjude says:

      I think I used a film grain effect, but I play around with several art effects so not too sure! Glad you like it 🙂


  2. restlessjo says:

    That first blast of colour is beautiful, Jude, and then a little subtlety and playfullness. 🙂


    1. Heyjude says:

      Well, you know Jo, leaves are leaves. I have so many beautiful colours but sometimes I just want to add a bit of zoosh!


  3. Your effects enhance your portrayal of the season: you’re contributing goddess-like to the fall. I love your quote too, another enhancer. I hope the weekend is replenishing.

    (I’m sleeping downstairs and there’s a wallaby grazing in the drive. I don’t see such visitors from upstairs – from there it’s birds in the treetops.)


    1. Heyjude says:

      The weekend so far has been dull and grey Meg. Still warm though, but not photography weather. I’m winding down now on the blogging, time to sort out the packing, clean the house (?) and prepare for the journey! Not long now… wallabies here I come (though I don’t expect to see them in Dee Why!)


  4. pommepal says:

    Glorious portrayal of Autumn Jude and the poetry fits the photos so well. Summer has arrived early here with temps in top 20’s even into 30’s out west.


    1. Heyjude says:

      Things are getting more colourful now PP, but we really need a cold snap before all the leaves blow off the trees. So far it is very mild and a bit wet!

      I’ll not be doing much walking in those temperatures!


      1. pommepal says:

        I think walking around air conditioned shopping malls might be the order of the day Jude!!!!! Or up in the cooler mountain areas…


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