Slowly evolving autumn

Reflections and leaves on the pond

This is such a beautiful time of year by the pond here at Breezy Acres.  Even dark, chilly, gray days like today can’t dampen the colors of autumn.

At the back of the pond near the woods.

Leaves from the trees are letting go as the wind tugs at them.  They float and twirl until they reach the ground or the surface of the pond.  I could stand outside all day and watch the leaves fall.  It is captivating.

There are still so many leaves left on the trees that it will take weeks for them all to change color and fall.  All day, every day, I could stand out there and watch as the bones of the trees are gradually exposed.

Today's view of the pond.

But there is that little matter of the tomatoes that will not last unless I do something to preserve them.  It was late in the day before I started canning the tomatoes yesterday.  I managed to get several quarts of them put up.  I hope to finish the rest today.

Tomatoes floating in water, cooling and waiting to be peeled.

It’s day 5 of my yoga and food commitment.  All is going well.  Week 3 of The Artist’s Way is almost over.  That is going well, too.

In the basement kitchen yesterday, as I was just getting started on the tomatoes.

I’ve been following the evolution of The Mushroom by going out to have a look at it twice daily.  It is fascinating to watch.  I wish I had a camera capable of time lapse video or photography.  I could have left it out there to watch The Mushroom grow.

You might think taking photos of a stationary creature such as a mushroom would be easy.  Not so, unless you happen to be a contortionist.  I’ve been having a devil of a time getting shots from under the mushroom.  I have to take them blind, so to speak, most of the time.

Processed in Photoshop to match my Jazz Feet Gravatar. (That would be the purple feet Gravatar I was using just before putting my socks back on.)

The good thing about some of the bad photos is that they present me with opportunities to play, and to look at things in a different way.

Cross processing done in Picnik.

Focal zoom done in Picnik.

Sometimes it’s like creating a whole new world where the light and colors are brighter or the background is soft and misty.

For my artist’s date this week I had planned an outing in an herb garden, but that didn’t work out for a variety of reasons.  Instead, I spent some time at what my oldest granddaughter refers to as The Art Desk (I named it Creativity Corner, but relinquished the name when Emma started calling it The Art Desk).  I found the big pack of Crayolas and colored for a while.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The act of coloring reminded me that I’ve had the book Coloring Mandalas 1 on my wish list for a few years.  I think it’s time I bought it.

I is also time for me to get back to those tomatoes.  The household preservation elves seem to have taken the day off and left all the work to me.

You just can’t get good help these days.  😉

Thanks for dropping by and joining me in a little playtime.  Wishing you a wonder-filled weekend!

40 Comments on “Slowly evolving autumn”

  1. OH, thank you!…Such wonderful photos again today…and more mushrooms… : ) …I love photos of mushrooms! And to see them!

  2. tedgriffith says:

    Beautiful as always, Robin. Love the warmth of the basement kitchen shot!

  3. Boy you have managed to make those mushroom photos look gargantuan. I expect to see faeries running around underneath! The leaves on the water–super pretty and very painterly.

  4. Those first shots-the color in them is fabulous. Then the mushroom shots are amazing. I want to take those. 🙂

  5. Robin, I think more and more that your mushroom photos are sheer brilliance! I am in love with them–truly in love.

    Hope you have a lovely fall weekend!


  6. carlaat says:

    I’m so glad I can still here and see what Life is like in The Bogs. Another beautiful day, Robin! Truly magazine-worthy! The mushroom photos are fantastic, also the fallen leaves. Thank you!

  7. dragonfae says:

    Lovely photos as always. 🙂

    And do get the Coloring Mandalas book … I have all 3 and just love coloring in them. 😀

  8. Thought of you yesterday while hiking in Central Mass…those bright yellow mushrooms were evrywhere!

  9. Team Oyeniyi says:

    My daughter is looking at extending her photography interest into something more than a hobby – I’ve sent her in the direction of your work, which I always think is stunning, even if I don’t get over as often as I should. I really like the mushrooms and that first shot of the leaves on the water is lovely.

  10. ladyfi says:

    That mushroom is astounding! Great autumnal shots!

  11. Karma says:

    Love how you’ve made a mushroom look so cool and interesting. I really like the leaves floating on the water too.
    Damn those kitchen elves! Although one happily surprised me today when I came home – shocked might be more like it! 😉

  12. Bo Mackison says:

    I do think I love the tomatoes, freshly boiled and cooling in the water. It’s a great home cooking photograph.

  13. Christine Grote says:

    You got some incredible shots from fascinating angles. I don’t know how you do it.

  14. ElizOF says:

    That up close mushroom shoot is amazing… I love the floating tomatoes… and I would not have been able to tell.. that purple color is psychedelic. I love it. 🙂

  15. Kathy says:

    That focal zoom done in picnik is incredible. Incredible. Truly incredible. You are such an artist! 🙂

  16. What a great idea, a basement kitchen for “canning”! Us Aussies are missing out on so much with not having basements.

    Beautiful fallen leaves floating on the pond, Robin. They look like confetti! So pretty. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Joanne. 🙂

      My husband uses the basement kitchen more than I do. He homebrews beer, and it’s good that he keeps his mess in the basement. lol!

  17. I love the leaves floating in the water, so calming.

  18. The size of that mushroom seem from below reminds me of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”. I guess I watched that movie too many times when I was a kid.
    Love the autumn colors, the leaves on the ground and the water are so beautiful!

  19. ceceliafutch says:

    Your photos of mushrooms are magnificent. I love them. All of your photos are beautiful but the mushrooms stand out for me.

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