Thursday, August 26, 2010

And the seasons they go round and round

For the past week, I’ve been using the 50mm lens more and more often. I miss the macro but it’s good to miss something now and then, don’t you think?

I sat in front of this screen, blank except for the three photos you see here, wondering what it was that I wanted to say, when I realized that all I wanted to do was to share the photos.

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There is a whisper of fall in the air and I’m ready to be through with this summer.

I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colours are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content. ~ Lin Yutang

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We are so blessed to live where we do, in this old manor house on historic ground. Sometimes, if I let myself, I can almost picture how it used to be and how beautiful it could be again with some tender loving care.

And plenty of money.

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And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.

~ Joni Mitchell

Have a beautiful day, all. And as ever, thanks for stopping by.

Until tomorrow, then . . .

31 comments:

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and the beautiful poems. I love coming here to visit....it's always a peaceful place:)

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year in Wisconsin. Alas, there is no such thing in Florida. Only cool, hot and dog-kickin' hot. (Kes hates that time of year, and who could blame her?) I just want you to know that I'll be living Autumn vicariously through you this year, Kate. I just want you to know ahead of time. No pressure, of course! ;-)
xoxo
Donna

Anonymous said...

I love Fall too....and your posts always make me think and i envy you living in that manor house. :) I just love old houses especially ones with such character, grace and history.
Karen
karen_bremermann@yahoo.com

Ashley Sisk said...

Great captures...I would be missing my macro too...but you're right, it's a good miss and makes you appreciate the little things.

Andi said...

You knew I would love the sunflower photo! :) Thanks for sharing! I have a 30 mm lens,but I Find I rarely use it outside, usually save it for indoors or portraits. I covet a 50 mm, maybe for my birthday!
Don't sing autumn's praises yet, I fear one more heat wave is out there waiting to get us!

deborah said...

beautiful!

Oliag said...

I am an autumn person too...that quote of Lin Yutang's says it perfectly....

Mary Lou said...

What a wonderful, beautiful post, Kate. Gorgeous photos and thoughts.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I'm with you...SOOOOOOO READY FOR FALL!

It's already making appearances here in Boone, NC.

The leaves won't be changing anytime soon, but I'll be breaking out the tights and knee high boots :D

The Weaver of Grass said...

I like the idea of the carousel for time going on and on and round and round - and yes, Autumn is already here in the North of the UK

Jayne said...

I really love this transition time of year and love that quote by Lin Yutang. I am ready for crisp days and football and chili... yum.

Karen said...

love your post today... feeling some of the same things.

Ellen said...

Lovely....smiles.

Mental P Mama said...

This right here is perfection;)

Marsha's Mpressions said...

What a gorgeous sunflower shot!

Marilyn said...

very mellow this evening.... and I found that same quote.... feel just like that....a little age makes it all so much better.... :}

Carolynn said...

Autumn is a sad time for me. I can't help it. I always feel melancholy when it's clear that summer is nearing an end. It's like seeing the signs that a relationship is over, but no one's actually voiced their goodbyes yet.

Summer is, hands down, my favourite time of year with Spring coming a close second. Summer never lasts long enough for me. That's why, when I vacation, I head for warmer climes.

Daryl said...

I love Joni Mitchell ... Fall and Spring are my favorites because they are mild .. no extremes like winter and summer temps ... and because I like wearing a sweater ...

Char said...

i'm craving fall. want it right here, right now.

beautiful shots.

JC said...

Love the last photo and of course the circle game ...

SouthernSass said...

Fall is my very favorite time of year as well. You are lucky to live in such a beautiful area! As always - I enjoyed the photos!

scottweberpdx said...

Lovely post...I couldn't agree more...they beauty of autumn is in it's melancholy nature...knowing that all this beauty is fleeting and will soon be gone...makes it all the more precious.

Violet said...

Gorgeous pictures. And I, too, love fall the best.

Take care.

Fearless Nester said...

OK now I have that Joni Mitchell song in my head and I've been transported back to my high school days. All this from just enjoying your latest post. And bonus is that darling image of George. ~Lili

Mary said...

What a sweet post! Love those photos, Kate. Simply beautiful!

ELK said...

a favored song ..and as always your images and words of home and love to complete it

mrs mediocrity said...

Autumn is my favorite season, and I am so ready to wear my blue jeans again. I miss them.

chasity said...

what a beautiful post....
lovely reflections on fall.
gorgeous photos.

ACORN said...

I LOVE THAT SHOT OF GEORGE

Kerri said...

Beautiful images Kate. That last shot of George..... it just takes my breath away! I swear he is the MOST HANDSOME doggie I have ever seen. I've said it before and I'll say it again ~ I LOVE GEORGE!

The Japanese Redneck said...

They are all great pictures.