Breath of Autumn

Back in autumn on the 29 March, I set off on a solo walk from our cottage, through local streets and out to the eastern edge of town where the Colchicum field is. It was a glorious morning and the natural world seemed infused with a special quality that compelled me to take photos. At a guess I spent maybe 4 hours slowly wandering along taking photos – hundreds of photos. Since then I’ve posted many of them on my blog, deleted a fair few, and these are the last! ~Click on any photo to enlarge.

Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.


“The first breath of autumn was in the air, a prodigal feeling, a feeling of wanting, taking, and keeping before it is too late.” ~J. L. Carr



I thought this might work well in b&w and liked the result.


While searching autumn quotes I found these lines from the movie You’ve Got Mail, such great writing!

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” ~Nora Ephron


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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  1. A wonderful wrap-up of that wander, Liz! It’s so nice you have such variety just heading out your door.

    Nice quote about the school supplies, I can smell the new pencil box from my youth right now!

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    1. It’s morning here and your lovely comment is a great start to the day, thank you Mike. I was fascinated by these weathered objects. Took lots of photos as I’m unused to this style of photography, and I was really pleased with some of the results!

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      1. I am instinctively drawn to close-up images and details when I am shooting, irrespective of whether I am using my macro lens or my telephoto lens. When I try to shoot wide-angle, like for a landscape shot, I often feel a little lost, because the entire scene is the subject rather than having a clearly defined subject like an insect or a bird.

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        1. It’s interesting how different you have to approach the ‘seeing’ for these different situations. Btw in my latest post “Hot Cinnamon Sunset” I’ve addressed a question to you, it’s to do with colour – of course 🙂

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    1. Nope, not from this particular day! These are truly the very last in my photo folder. Everything else has been posted or deleted! There’s some satisfaction in having made it to the end. 🙂

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  2. Autumn and spring are my favorite seasons, precisely because of all the changes. Also, they’re the most temperate times here. We’re already at the point where summer’s dragged on too long, and we’re far from done with it. We endure summer in August and September the way others endure their winters that begin to seem endless.

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    1. I’ve just mentioned in another comment that we’ve had a couple of days with cold, rain, hard hail at times, and now I’ve woken up to light snow outside – not the pretty picturesque stuff, it’s just overall yuk! Hoping we get some sun later. Also hope you get some relief in your own particular conditions that are so different to mine!

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  3. The feeling that J.L. Carr describes is such a familiar one as summer comes to an end. Maybe it’s the thought of what lies beyond autumn – that soon we’ll have to bundle up against the cold and shelter from wind and rain. Every year I want to hang onto the last bit of summer for as long as possible and probably even more so this year. (But then, every day into winter is a step closer to next spring.)

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    1. Yes, spring is in my sights now although we actually had a light snowfall overnight and it’s lying around outside right now! Not pretty either, just yuk! Over the last couple of days we’ve had several lots of hard hail. It’s been chilly but with a little sun relief in the afternoons.

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      1. Oof, I don’t fancy snow or hail! Hope you get lots more sun to make winter better. 🙂 I’m hoping to get lots of digging and clearing done in a neglected bit of the garden over winter. (The ground can get too hard to dig easily in summer.) Then it will become a mixed veggie and wildlife area. But that’s assuming that the weather isn’t vile!!

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