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When Color Comes To Town

Fall, oh sweet fall, you continue to perform your magic for me...sweeping me off my feet this year with your offer of colors, mixed with the magic of light...I know soon you will have to leave me but until the last leaf is dropped and dried...I will faithfully follow you..You lead me astray as no other has done in such a long time..

This week for Friday's Find, I  found myself, once again, at the lovely gardens of Long Hill. I took my friend Mary with me and we had a really wonderful day just wandering and shooting. What I love most about this photo, besides Mary, is the old fashion shade pull in the house...I can remember clearly my Grandmother having these on all the shades in her house...Gosh I haven't seen them for so many brought back wonderful memories of my Grandmother. I also love the bokeh reflection. I just love me some really good bokeh.

Long Hill is a property of the Trustee's of the Reservation and I have been here before to shoot..Each season brings it's own beauty. Now, even though fall is clearly loosing it's grip on all the trees, a few hang on like this tree from the Willow family...just brilliant in color and it never seems to die away like the maples, oaks and birches...

I always visit the formal gardens at the house because you never know what you will find in bloom...This was one of my favorites the day we were there..I don't know the name of it...but I sure do like how it presents itself, fully open and honest, like we all should be, and so very proud of her reminds me of a buttercup.

Long Hill was given to the Trustees of the Reservation by a private family, including all the land that surrounds it...that just goes on and on..such a private place.  You can stand at the rail and look out over the property and never see anything but forest and woods...beautiful walking paths, and in the fall, color that goes on as far as the eye can see.  They have benches and tables and chairs set out, bring a book or a lunch and just sit in the silence of nature..We are fortunate to have this lovely property. Membership is quite reasonable and I am happy to be a member.  I hope that some day all of this will still be here for my Grandchildren.  Sometimes I have my doubts with the way things are in our world but for as long as I can, I will continue to support anything that keeps the trees and the forest protected.

The same little white flower from above but with a twist...I like this in the muted tones and the composition reminds me of a Japanese flower...the bokeh is the way, all my bokeh is happy...I plan it that way, and when I view it from this perspective, I find it very peaceful.  Just like Long Hill.  Dreamy don't you think? My favorite of the day.

Starting with color and ending with color...the dynamic colors of Fall are right in this one flower. Chrysanthemum's bloom throughout the fall in so many blossoms and colors..This vibrant orange one, not only reminds me of the beauty of fall, the bees it attracts remind me to Bee very thankful for all the good that comes from this season..abundant harvests, beautiful colors, warm feelings because  I get to enjoy all of this and most especially, it reminds me that each day we have cause to celebrate joy...from a tiny seed that grows into such the bee who symbolizes thankfulness and for good friends everywhere..I are Blessed.

If you have a bit more time you might enjoy Autumn Leaves by Andrea Bocelli


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Reader Comments (15)

Such a beautiful place Cheryl! Your day looks just perfectly beautiful and shared with a friend! I have Mr. Bocelli singing in my ears while I'm typing this...thanks for the link. I do love his music so much! Lovely colors on your photos - I especially love the sweet flowers, and your happy bokeh! Thank you for sharing your beautiful colors that came to your town (love that title)! xo

October 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

Oh Beverly we have had one of the best falls this year...the color is still going on and on...not so much in the trees anymore but still around in small spaces if you are looking...thanks again for stopping by...I hope your enjoying your Sunday...and your fall also...I'll be over to see you soon...xoo

October 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

love how you can put things into words and make it sound so magical ...

October 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Johnson

I love your happy bokeh & that beautiful white rail, setting off the vibrant leaves behind it! We're having a pretty wet, gray fall in London, with the occasional lovely day, so there's not much colour... Last year was better. So it's nice to see photos of your fall. Glad you & Mary had a nice day... Did you keep out of trouble?! ;-) x

October 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGwen

Thanks mary for your visit and lovely comment. You know all these beautiful images from our morning together. It was a beautiful day,

October 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Sorry that your fall wasn't so pretty Gwen but then you have much prettier springs than we do. I told mary today to start saving her pennies so we can come over to visit you. Thanks again for your happy comment.

October 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Glorious Cheryl blue skies and golden leaves one of the most perfect combinations..

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViv Halliwell

Wonderful color and light! So beautiful.

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Underwood

Love that window shade brings back wonderful memories. The muted colors on the white buttercup flowers…glorious!! I am with you anything that we can do to protect the land for future generations is so worth while.

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Hi Gwen...thanks for stopping by...wouldn't it be lovely if some day you would come and I could take you to this beautiful would love the flowers...your comment was lovely and yes, that white rail really made things pop.

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Thanks Viv for popping over for a visit and leaving such a lovely comment...Cheers

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Hi Sarah...yes, from looking at your photo's I can see that you would also want to support the forest and the woods...just so beautiful and peaceful..I'm glad you liked the shade pulls...I wish I could have gotten inside the house to see what else would have triggered a memory of days gone by.

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

LOVE how you pick up on details, like that old-fashioned window shade pull! I had forgotten all about them until you elaborated on your memory at your Grandmother's! I can't believe you still found some gorgeous blossoms . . . this has been one of the most glorious falls ever, with not much rain or bad weather! We deserved it after the past few years! Thanks for stretching it out for us with your breathtaking photos and poetry.

November 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

Beautiful tribute to fall,Cheryl. i just love the picture of you and your friend Mary having such a good time. Photography is fun alone but so nice when shared. I just did a fall photo excursion with my sister and we enjoyed it thoroughly.

November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherry G.

Thanks Sherry for your lovely comment. We have had the best fall this year and it is still pretty. Mary and I get to go out together every once in awhile and we always gave fun. I don't have a sister so my friends fill in,
Hope you have a great week.

November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

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