September 28

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall…

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“For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.” Edwin Way Teale

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall... Fall Pumpkins in a row...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall... Gourds everywhere...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall... Notice the gourd shape? The Swan shaped squash...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall... Indian Corn in Autumnal shades...

“The gilding of the Indian summer mellowed the pastures far and wide.
The russet woods stood ripe to be stripped, but were yet full of leaf.
The purple of heath-bloom, faded but not withered, tinged the hills…
Field head gardens bore the seal of gentle decay; … its time of
flowers and even of fruit was over.”
Charlotte Brontë

What does Autumn/Fall mean to you? Is it a time to recount your summer escapades? A time to pack away your summer things and focus on the changing season? I see Autumn/Fall as a time of change; a shift in pace and how we use our space… I see Autumn/Fall as a time of falling foliage, earth toned colors, pumpkins and gourds, squash and Indian corn… even a time to see fall blooms; chrysanthemums, shrubs with berries and flaming leaves…

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace. As I have seen in one autumnal face.” John Donne

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall... A red leaf... a sign Autumn is around...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall... Blended leaf colors...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall... Fall foliage comes in many shades; yellows, browns, reds...

The one red leaf, the last of its clan,
That dances as often as dance it can,
Hanging so light, and hanging so high,
On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

With the changing colors of fall foliage come  Halloween and Rosh HashanahThanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.  Autumn brings us together to celebrate. In the Autumn/Fall, we have lots to be grateful for and many holidays to bring friends and family together… What’s not to love about the season with two names? Autumn and Fall. We celebrate, we eat, we wear our cold weather clothes, we begin to think about what it would feel like to hibernate… again, we celebrate, we hibernate, and, as the year ends, some of us meditate on the joys we experienced this year. We prepare to bring in the New Year and bid the old one adieu. What will you do this autumn?

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” Stanley Horowitz

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall... Autumnal flowers abound... A sea of mums...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall... shrubs in red...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall... Suddenly; a fall Sunflower with bees gathering nectar

Besides the autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the haze.
Emily Dickinson

The changing colors and falling leaves remind us of both our vitality and our mortality… We know we’d better enjoy the present time than wait for another peek at summer. I plan to love and enjoy my autumn with verve, to take walks on the aqueduct, to dance in the yard with leaves around me, to gather my strength and stock up on soups, to read and write and rest.  Autumn offers surprises too; a sudden appearance of a sunflower swarming with bees; they need to stock up too. Autumn has its charm; I love fall clothing, those cozy and colorful sweaters, flowers and foods, especially those hearty soups… I love wearing my boots and wrapping a thick shawl around my shoulders, and I love the colors… Ah, the colors of Autumn.  Enjoy the selections. More Below. 😉

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall... Fall is about Mutsu Apples above and visits to apple farms...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall... Fall is squash heaven in every shape and color...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall... We look for red and yellow leaves... then we say, "Fall is here!"

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came –
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
George Cooper, “October’s Party”

For those who wish to join October’s party, there are colorful things and plentiful food for you.  You can choose your foliage, apples, gourds, and filings for pies. Once you check the weather conditions, you can kick back and have a blast with all your friends. Autumn will gladly join you to cheer her on. What are your thoughts? What does autumn/fall mean to you? What fall things did you find? Did you have an easy or hard time with this prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall

Positive Motivation Tip: The changing seasons remind us of the changes in our lives… For every thorn, there is a rose that comes into our lives… All situations change. Cherish the time.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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autumn, fall, Happiness, inspiration, life, photography, postaday2011, postaweek2011, reflections, Weekly Photo Challenge


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    • TY PiP… I love autumn colors and coolness too… and the 4 seasons can definitely be reminders of the seasons of our lives.. TY! 🙂

    • 😆 Yeah, lucky devil… We are in fall, and then the cold of winter will meet us in the new year. Spring is so far away… Enjoy yours and share some flower photos. TY! 🙂

    • Oh TY Nancy! The pumpkin colors really popped and that is why I chose it… That sunflower was in someone’s yard as I drove by. I pulled over, ran across the street and took some pictures; with other drivers looking and wondering what I found so interesting. Must say that since we started the Weekly Photo Challenge, I look for pictures like a paparazzi. 😆

  • A marvelous collection of fall photos and a well-written post!
    The beautiful ‘sea of mums’ photo and the poetic quote by Charlotte Brontë are my favorites. My favorite aspects of autumn/fall are the vivid, colorful landscapes and much appreciated, cooler weather.
    Thank you for the pingback.

    • TY! 🙂 The colorful landscape is a part of fall that I love too… I love fall clothing for the same reason; superb color schemes. 🙂

  • Just like you, I would like to think of Fall as a time of change, of new great beginnings to come. Its a time to start fresh, make new dreams into reality, make new wonderful memories. I will miss Summer but I’m looking foward to Autumns pumpkin promises…. Liz, thank you for sharing post after post of stories and thoughts that inspires, moves, motivates. Bless your generous heart. Your heaven’s sent and Fall’s sweet promise of beautiful transformation ahead. Stay blessed always my friend.

    • TY so much David… Your kind words make me thankful for blog friends. I love pumpkins too and their color. I must say the sentiments are mutual and I love the challenges; even when I have a hard time completing them.
      Stay blessed too! 🙂

  • Beautiful colors and composition! You outdid yourself on this one. So lovely! My favorite is the sea of mums. Happy Autumn, Elizabeth!! 🙂

  • I love autumn and everything about the season; the colors and coolness and clothing. I love your pumpkin it radiates so my joy and the sea of mums are stunning too. I love swan gourds and the sunflower, the red leaves and the mutsu apples. I love them all!
    Why do some people like your post and not comment? Where did you shoot the pictures with multitude items like th pumpkins and mums?
    You are a better photog than you think. Keep it up!
    B

    • TY for your feedback… I enjoyed this challenge and taking the pictures… Sometimes, we might like a picture without comment and each person has their own reasons; sometimes in a hurry, new to the blog, plan to comment later… etc, etc. 😉
      The mums and the other multitude fruit and veggie shots were taken at a local nursery in my area. They were kind enough and have a huge space so taking shots didn’t get in the customers way. 🙂

  • you write: “Autumn brings us together to celebrate… We celebrate, we eat, we wear our cold weather clothes, we begin to think about what it would feel like to hibernate… again, we celebrate, we hibernate, and, as the year ends, some of us meditate on the joys we experienced this year…”
    +
    thank you, again much more than a simple photo challenge …

    • TY Frizztext! I’m glad you enjoyed the accompanying words…As you can tell, I love this season; not too cold, not too war… and then some Indian Summer tossed in… Love it! 🙂

  • What a beautiful collection of photographs and thoughtful words! Although we did not garden this year, normally fall is a time that says, Rest is near. 🙂 We have enjoyed the warmth of summer, but look forward to the coziness of winter, and are thankful for our warm home and precious family to share it all with.

    I find the change of seasons a blessing, and I always look forward to the lovely, albeit fleeting, display that fall puts on!

    • TY Sheila, I feel the same way and love the changing seasons… although winter is not my favorite but it’s all good. The fall and its colors cheer me on. 🙂

  • Autumn also means a slowing down to me; it means winter, a time of stillness preceding the possibilities of a new year. There’s always a sense of expectation in it for me–the joy of building up to something too wonderful to yet imagine! For a while, I assumed this was because of my late October birthday, but the joy’s held long since birthdays no longer were all-consuming to me. 🙂

    • Yes, it is a time for slowing down and gathering our strength for the long winter… I love the month of October… You are joyful and happy early birthday. 🙂

  • “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” Stanley Horowitz Absolutely accurate description!

  • Great pictures once again!
    I thought the gourd was a snake at first because the one in the background looked as if it was hissing with its tongue! 🙂

    • 😆 It does look like it has a tongue… They were quite unusual in shape and I can see the swans and your snake too. TY! 🙂

  • You always have such great photo’s….the pumpkins, the sunflower and the colors of the fall leaves. This is my favorite time of year but today the wind is too strong. That I don’t like much.

  • Oh, I can barely think about Fall. When I think about Fall, I think of nothing but change. Time passes, and everything around us changes. Next thing you know, birds are going to be hibernating too. In the winter, it is all about survival. Now that I mention it, the birds I see now may not be the same birds I see in the Spring. The old die, and new life is created in the Spring. It’s a terrible thing to witness that I don’t see as many birds in the Spring compared to in the Summer and Fall. I don’t know how many winters have they survived? How many??? That’s the question I ask.

    • Great question… I always imagine that when the birds take off, some go elsewhere, some die, and some return… Yeah, Fall is a great time of change… TY! 🙂

  • Lovely representations of Fall. 🙂

    It’s my favorite season. After the hectic and extroverted pace of summer, it’s nice to slow down a little and find time to go inwards.

    • TY Robin! It is actually mine too… I love the change of pace and the colors… The cooling weather ain’t so bad either. TY! 🙂

  • Pumpkins, Indian corn, and gourds are sprinkled throughout my home this time of year. I love fall so much but am eager for the Christmas season too.

  • What pretty photo’s. Love the colors. I wish we had season’s here in Florida – to be able to see scenes like this in person.

  • I love all of the beautiful colors of fall. The Indian corn is one of my favorites because it brings together all of the amazing fall colors.

  • Great pics – Fall is beautiful in Wisconsin. I think Fall is such a pretty time of year!

  • Your photos are beautiful and all of them remind me of the beauty of fall!

  • Great photos! I love all the different colors of Fall. I just wish the leaves changed color here in Florida.

  • Loving your photos – I think fall is one of my favorite seasons to photograph. The colors and textures are always so amazing.

  • Fantastic photos and I love the motivational tip. Exactly what I needed to hear today.

  • Fall is one of my favorite parts of living in Canada, and your photos do an amazing job of capturing the essence of fall!!

  • Fall is my fav season for a reason, I LOVE ALL THE AMAZING COLORS. The photos are amazing, wow.

  • I love fall — it is my favorite season of all! These pictures are absolutely beautiful!

  • Amazing, magical pumpkins! I was always fascinated by this veggie!

  • I love the sight of beautiful pumpkins and the overall foliage. These photos are absolutely gorgeous. I love the Autumn season.

  • I just love it when the leaves change color and it gets cool enough to wear sweaters! Seasons make time pass and sometimes it seems like the last season went by too fast!

  • Bountiful. Amazing time of the year it is. But one thing fot mt attention the most. Rhe corn 🌽 /maize i see there. Are those cokours for real i have never seen such mix i know of the white and yellow only.

  • Even thought I’m crazy about summer and make jokes about been depressed when fall comes, I love the colors that the season brings, I also enjoy the flavors around the season.

  • Apple picking, pumpkins,. golden leaves – the ideal picture of fall! I love this photo challenge, it reminds me just how beautiful the nature is!

  • I’ve always loved Indian Corn, I find it so uniquely beautiful and interesting. You’ve captured some beautiful images of fall.

  • These are beautiful photos. Autumn is one of my favorite season I like the colors and the smell of the wind during this season because it gives me a lot of relaxing feeling.

  • I love all the colors, smells and tastes Fall brings.. I can’t wait to go to the pumpkin patch and go apple-picking with my husband and kids soon!

  • I love the many colors of fall. There are so many yellows, red and browns that just come together perfectly in unison. Great pictures you shared!

  • The fall is entirely different in this culturally different country. This is my first time in US during the fall and I am completely loving it. For me fall has been the initiator of my favourite time of the year – festivals and holidays – full of colors and light 🙂

  • Superb photos. Its monsoon here in India and these pictures just brightened up my day. The flowers are amazing and happily blooming.

  • Autumn is one of the vibrant seasons of Nature. Fickle yes…. but colorful. All your pictures reverberated colors.

  • I love the color of fall. It’s unique and I just love to see photos of fall, we don’t have fall here in the Philippines.

  • So many autumn-inspired pictures. Autumn is my favorite season so I really enjoyed this post x

    Laura

  • Elizabeth, my most favorite images in the Fall are PUMPKINS! There are so many types of them that I am still amazed.

  • For me, fall is a time for calmness and beauty because how the plants shade leaves of different colors in layers makes me appreciate that beauty. The calm is also so great for ending the year warmly. And those pumpkins just remind us that Halloween is here!

  • For me, this fall will mean change. I don’t know what to expect, I don’t know what is coming or how it will affect my life, but I know that I took a decision and that I am going to go through with it. Moving countries, again. Having big dreams to make it big this time, to invest in myself!

  • Love the colors of your photos! I really like the corn. The deep red.
    Fall bring me comfort. It is beautiful, peaceful and cozy.

  • Sigh. Yes please. I am in love with all things fall, so you know I am totally into these pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  • Beautiful photos of the Fall! Absolutely a gorgeous season to capture through lens.

  • We don’t have fall season here in our country but I love your harvest photos so beautiful and I want the pumpkin 🙂

  • Atlanta has not gotten the memo at all that it is Fall. It is still in the high 80s and 90s here…global warning is definitely in effect.

  • I love the changing season and I eagerly awaits autumn because that means after it, will be winter. Unfortunately, we do not experience this in the Philippines. But I get to see them in movies and pictures.

  • This season of abundance of color is beautiful and comes to be even more precious with your involvement. The photos are gorgeous.

  • These are beautiful photos and it really show why people are so in love with autumn season, the colors and smells of the wind are feel so great.

  • Such a cool photo challenge there. Fall is always one of my favorite seasons with all of the colors. I love your autumnal floral shot . So many beautiful blooming Autumn flowers.

  • There’s much hype in the fall season this year, I’m not sure if it’s only me or it’s really the in thing. But nevertheless, it makes the season more exciting and so looking forward to it.

  • Obessed with all the fall things. Now if only i can get some fall weather, that will perfect

  • I always love autumn and its changing colors. love the hope and promises it has and the looking forward kind of feeling.

  • Never appreciated fall until I saw them first hand in Seoul. We lived in a 2 season country lol

  • Pumpkins are my favorites. I try to take many different pictures of them each year.

  • I have been waiting for fall. This summer was brutal for me, lol. What a great harvest! I love the autumnal colors.

  • The photos are really beautiful, Just wondering the amount of homework you did to get the best of it.

  • Fall does remind us of vitality and our mortality. All around us we can see things die and spring to life. We can see the colors so beautiful no painter can match , yet trample on the leaves as they fall to their death. I have never thought of that before.

  • Wow.. So many harvest, nice pics..! October is such a lovely month.. Thanks for sharing a good vibes.

  • I love this time of the year and all these pictures look beautiful. I love the bright autumn colors x

    Laura

  • For me, fall means change in life as old things fall away or become anew. And also, beautiful nature as autumn foliage makes me stop for a moment to enjoy nature and the life in front of me.

  • I love the colors of autumn. Autumn reminds me about moving on in life, in whatever it is we are going through.

  • I love all the funny images that have been clicked of the pumpkin. Reminded me of the pumpkin festival in oHio last year

  • I love all the pictures that you included I really love fall in all of the color said it has.

  • Wow, what a great harvest. I love all the autumn colors, it’s so beautiful this year.

  • All these fall vibes are getting me excited for the new season. Love the fall and spending time with the family.

  • All the fall colors a so pretty, from the pumpkins to the leaves. and the fall food is always great. Even though Summer is my favorite season, Fall is right next to it.

  • Fall is really a time for change. For me it symbolizes ending but at the same time beautiful beginnings.

  • These photos are so beautiful. We don’t have fall in India but I guess it would look like this.

  • All of these photos are stunning, reminds me completely of autumn when I lived in Europe! <3

  • We don’t have fall season here but I am loving the ambiance of it. I experience it when I went to Japan.

  • I love Fall. all the colors and weather is perfect. The pumpkins a leaves changing colors. and of course Fall Fashion

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