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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

October shadows

It is after 11:00 a.m. and there are long shadows across the boardwalk. 





Soon, time will fall back an hour and the dark will close in earlier every day until it is dark at 5:00 p.m. Before long, the harbour will freeze as December’s cold overcomes the sea. For now though, geese still chat to each other and float around at high tide.





Today, the shadows distract from the colour overhead, though some of the trees are bare now. However, stripped of their colour,  the intricacy of limb and twig is filigree against the blue sky.




A side path to the harbour draws us in as the shadows show limbs 





and leaves. 





In the undergrowth, a play of light on fern 





and rose bush creates glowing colours.





Along the main path, a person in the distance is about to emerge into the light.





The bench, in partial shade, provides enough sun to be comfortable to sit for a time and listen to the birds.





They are particularly busy today.

A small flock of cedar waxwings is busy munching berries by the stream.





They are new to the area.  

In the stream, a yellowlegs is busy in the shallow water along the shoreline. 





American black ducks sit on a log in the shadow of the bulrushes. 





The lengthening shadows are changing the flora and fauna along the boardwalk again as Autumn marches to meet her sister, Winter.

24 comments:

DJan said...

Simply lovely, Marie. I love the serene mood of all the pictures with your gentle prose. :-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Love the long shadows Marie, it seems to me that there is something magical about every season,. Love the way you've captured that magic here ✨

Shammickite said...

It's certainly dark in the early mornings these days! And when the clocks change it will be dark in the early evenings, not really looking forward to that. I actually saw some snowflakes today so winter's not far away. Nice photos of the fall colours.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Gorgeous photos! And yay, we're finally going to get our lost hour of sleep back!

Linda d said...

You live in the most beautiful place!!

Secondary Roads said...

It all looks so very, very inviting.

William Kendall said...

Glorious fall shots, and pretty birds!

Anvilcloud said...

What a great theme although it carries some melancholy with it.

Elephant's Child said...

LOVING both your photo essay and the thoughtful, gentle musings of your prose. Such an evocative piece.

Jenn said...

Shadows and colour! Such lovely photos. I can deal with winter but dislike the early darkness.

bill burke said...

Beautiful fall photos and lovely narrative too. I enjoy your walks and thoughts very much.

Barbara said...

I love this time of the year when we can still appreciate the flora and fauna. We'll soon be missing it.

Celia said...

Amazing photo of the bird in mid-berry gobble.

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

I love it when you take us along on your walks … what lovely pictures and the gorgeous Cedar Waxwing was the icing on the cake.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a pretty place for a walk. The fall colors and trees are lovely. I like the birds too. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

I love the imagery you evoke as you walk along and share what you see Marie! It's amazing to see how fast the seasons change and the differences with each one!

Rhodesia said...

I am sure that winter is much longer than summer and I will never get used to dark days long shadows and the cold. Some great photos here. Have a good day Diane

Lowcarb team member said...

Fabulous photographs Marie, I enjoyed seeing them.
Thank you.

All the best Jan

Mage said...

Yes, already tho we are cold in the mornings, most of us are flat out hot by noon. I'm enjoying the warmth..
Your photographs and words make up a lovely tone poem.

Ginnie said...

THIS is why it's my favorite time of the year, Marie: AUTUMN. I love seeing the cedar waxwings feeding on the red berries. But the shadows, yes, take the cake!

Debbie said...

beautiful capture of the waxwing, they are always on the hunt for berries!!

the shadows and fall colors are beautiful!!!

Catarina said...

I would definitely walk on this path. Such a beautiful and serene place.

jenny_o said...

Lovely. I especially like the ducks from behind. It's an unusual angle and shows off those duck feet!

Danielle L Zecher said...

I love the fall colors this time of year, and I think the sky is an especially blue this time of year. I'm just not a fan of the darker days and the cold that comes later.