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Thank You Autumn For Your Visit

October is magical with it's sweep of color, crispness and light.  For me it's a time for going inward and welcoming the wonder of the season.  Alone, or with a few friends, I walk the familiar trails of my neighborhood, never having to travel very far before becoming excited about a view, vista or critter that crosses my path.  It is my most creative and artistic season.  My love of nature and the out of doors springs back into my life, and I go, with camera in hand.  My step is lighter, the crunch under my feet makes for the most pungent smells and the world is alive as only it can be in the Fall. I remember vividly, when I was a little girl, walking home from school, I would always choose to walk through the tallest pile of fallen leaves along the way. It was magical and yes, quite messy. I had to clean my shoes and my socks off before going in the house or there would be big trouble..So my love of Fall goes way back.

This Fall I became much more aware of my need to be outside.  To finally recognize that my best work is done in the natural light and the charm that is New England.  Unfortunately it is very short season.  I was able to just let myself meander the fields, talk to the horses, go at my own pace to find the electric sights, sounds and smells, the earthy tones.  It's the one season that encompasses all of my senses and the cool mornings and warm afternoons are good for my body and soul.  I'm sorry time moves so quickly in this season. The beauty and grace it brings should last longer..but alas, it last long enough for me to be so grateful for the gifts that I receive this time of year.  When I wander, I am never lost but in a sense, I am somewhere else.  I'm so engaged with the simple gifts of nature, that I photograph with much more intention and ease. The wonders of Fall,  I will miss them as they slowly slip away.  Such colorful memories I will have with me though, through my photo's, to view into the next New England season..It was an exciting time and I believe the excitement is the secret to any artistic journey.

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.” 

Stephen King..


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Oh Cheryl, these images are pure magic! You have captured my favorite month is a beautiful way, filled with gorgeous color and light. That horse is appaloosa? And those action shots of your sweet boys, the delicious pie and sweet family portrait! Something here for all the senses, including those lovely words by Stephen King. Walks in nature have saved me so many times and I hope to continue walking right through winter. Time to get out the wool, mittens, scarves and heavy coats! Thinking I may buy some cross country skis this year.

November 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

LOVE the way you have captured the glory of autumn with your photos and beautiful storytelling!
Great job on the panning! Once again, your loving, dedicated support of your grandsons is soooooo heartwarming.
Huge smiles always stay with me when I see snapshots of you and Jim, as I'm immediately transported to our walk on the beach and dinner at Cape Porpoise when we first met in person! I've scrolled up and down and down and up and back again, loving your selection of fall images and impactful words to share with us. Enjoy every minute of every day of this, my FAVORITE season! Ah, the blessings of living in New England! Hugs to you and your loved ones!

November 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette Ledzian

Cheryl, what a wonderful gift to be able to see and hear your vision of Fall. This post really touched my heart and I intend to reread it and savor your thoughts. Being a horse lover, I was especially drawn to your equine image; simple beautiful.....

November 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

This is a wonderful series of pictures Cheryl...
Each of them in their rich variety conveys the beautiful and warm spirit of Autumn... Your region is known to be one of the most beautiful in the world during Fall season and that's fantastic that you can enjoy so brightly colored landscapes... and details of a generous nature. So great that you can enjoy this nature with your grandsons...

November 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterodile lm

Stunning photos and wonderful words!
Happy Autumn to you, my friend! xoxo

November 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTerri DuLong

Susan thank you for stopping by and leaving your most encouraging comments...yes, the horse is an Appaloosa. I didn't know that when I posted, I though it was a painted...another contact on Flickr told me aslo that it was an I know. This one lives at Myopia Hunt club is always eager for company if he is out..did you notice my version of the tack room from Appleton..All 3 of ours were so much different. That's the fun of going out together and seeing what happens when we all return home...
Fall this year was so lovely and colorful. It was also enchanced by meeting you and Carol for the first time...

November 3, 2016 | Registered CommenterCheryl Crotty

Thank you Antoinette for your really sweet comments...Yes, our walk on the beach and dinner is a very vivid memory for me also..I was hoping to get to Connecticut this year but it didn't happen. Next year for sure. Your support and encouragement are greatly appreciated and alway heartfelt.

November 3, 2016 | Registered CommenterCheryl Crotty

Cheryl, I am gobsmacked by these images! Each and every photograph shines because it is made with such love. What you say about the fall season resonates so much with me ,since I feel that way too, but you have truly captured its beauty in a way that is unique to you -- and is so beautiful. I could live in this post. I can see you tramping through the leaves as a youngster, and now as a graceful older woman, but still with the same enthusiasm. The horse,, the horse! And the boys and Jim! This post has lifted my spirits immensely. Thank you.

November 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSherry G.

I have to say every single one of these photos is outstanding! The horse in just every way is incredible! The point of focus in the action shots of the boys is excellent! The photo of the bridals in the stable with the light, just incredible! How far you have come! All just absolutely beautiful and stunning! Just goes to show practice makes perfect!

November 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Thomas

I love your fall images Chery and that horse is just so pretty. Have a wonderful Sunday.

November 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Hurst

Hello Sherry...and thank you once again, for your sweet and lovely comment on my post. What a great cheerleader you are. I do love Fall, that is no secret but once again, when I am writing, and in my zone, those feelings and thoughts from the past sneak into my head and then they jump on my page. Fall was somewhat of a good time for us. Maybe because it was just so much fun jumping in those leaves. Papa builds a leaf pile for the boys now and they really love also and get just as messy...have a beautiful November Sherry...xoxo

November 8, 2016 | Registered CommenterCheryl Crotty

Oh thank you Liz for your wonderful comment...I've really begun to slow down and pay more attention to what I'm doing. I also feel the change, which is nice..more time, more shooting. Like anything else we need to practice our craft. I love seeing your wonderful work also...enjoy the rest of all those lovely color before we go naked and brown...xo

November 8, 2016 | Registered CommenterCheryl Crotty

Thank you Barbara, yes, I was happy to see him out on the day I visited the farm. He's lovely and comes right over to see what I have...he's smart.
Enjoy your week ahead.

November 8, 2016 | Registered CommenterCheryl Crotty

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