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Spontaneity is SUCH a good thing

Sometimes you have to celebrate spontaneity and just “go with the flow”.

Saturday morning, for no particular reason, Joel, Harley and I decided to go for a drive to Alma, NB, to see what there was to see.

I finally had a chance to shoot some ‘blueberry’ fields beside the road just outside the entrance to #FundyNationalPark.

Blueberry Fields Forever

Wherever you looked, on either side of the road, the red tinged leaves of the plants carpeted the fields as far as the eye could see. We weren’t the only ones stopping to admire Mother Nature’s splendour.

Once inside the park we stopped to check out Bennett Lake. Unlike the long hot days of summer, we were the only souls exploring that day. No children, no picnicking families, no couples paddling by. But the peace was palpable as we explored the shoreline.

Bennett Lake, Fundy National Park

Further inside the park we stopped beside the public swimming pool. From the parking lot you can explore the shore in either direction – toward Alma or toward St. Martins. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed every moment.

Looking toward Alma, NB

We arrived just as the tide was turning and beginning to flow back on shore.

Joel and Harley

Harley and me

Our explorations complete, we took a spin through Alma, stopping at the bake shop for sticky buns and coffee. Then, we headed home, our celebration of spontaneity complete!

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Autumn in New Brunswick

backlit-red-leaf-web-copyAutumn in #NewBrunswick means cool, crisp and clear days, cold nights and, most importantly, brilliant fall foliage! The peak time for the most colourful display is usually in about two weeks – around our Thanksgiving or mid-October. However, this year there’s a strong hurricane threatening the entire eastern seaboard from Miami through our area and beyond. So, I decided I should gather as many seasonal images as possible today – and if there are more to be had later, I can always add to the collection. We’ve had an unnervingly dry summer so the leaves are literally hanging by a thread, dehydrated and ready to fall with the smallest breeze, never mind hurricane force winds.

apples-web-copyAutumn also means apples. These very small, sour crab apples grow on my neighbour’s tree. They’d probably make good jelly but, as older folk are prone to say, they don’t make “good eatin'”. Other varieties grown in orchards throughout the area are much tastier for snacks, pies or sweet treats!

abandoned-house-knightville-web-copyIn the countryside around #Sussex the colours of autumn are just beginning to emerge. They provide a wonderful backdrop for many scenes, even this old, derelict farm house collapsing in upon itself.

beaver-lodge-web-copyThe industrious beaver family in the pond behind our house have been fortifying their dam in an effort to raise the dwindling water level that will provide their winter habitat and protection. Normally all that greenery behind them would be under water at this time of year – a testament to the long, dry months of summer.

deer-across-field-1-red-tree-web-copyMeanwhile, in the field across the road from our house, one lone red maple stands like a sentinel above a couple of grazing deer.

far-side-of-highway-web-copyIn the adjacent field the trees on the far side of the #1 Highway are just beginning to show off their autumn colours.

seed-head-web-copyHay scraps on the edges of the fields have gone to seed.

timothy-web-copySome stand out against the detritus of a season past its glory.

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Still, the view from our deck can be enjoyed as we keep track of the developing autumn colours on the far hills. Meanwhile, summer’s warmth is laid to rest  for another year under a canopy of colour.

 

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October denouement

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It’s the first of October, the denouement of autumn into that other season that we shall not name. Leaves on deciduous trees have been changing colour for the last few weeks and will probably peak in the next week or so.

The day began with the thunder of shotguns on this first day of bird hunting season. Ducks and geese fled overhead, quacking and honking in fear for their lives. But, as the sun rose, the hunters took respite until tonight when they’ll try again to nail those hapless birds. Truthfully I have no problem with hunting if it’s to put food on the table. I just fail to understand killing anything as sport. But that’s for another post someday.

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The sedum have flowered and changed colours from pale pink to a deep rose shade. Left untrimmed in winter their determined seed heads will be seen above the snow and those birds who spend the season here, as opposed to heading south, will feast upon them.

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Meanwhile, the hayfields have been cut for the second time and most of the bales taken away to feed the herds of cattle over the coming winter months. A few ignored or forgotten ones remain as distant trees mark the changing of the seasons. Summer is truly over.

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And the remnants of the black-eyed Susans punctuate the changes in the gardens – hanging on as long as they can until cold winds rip their shrivelled petals away from the seed heads. Like the sedum, those small black seed heads will remain until spring providing sustenance to the over-wintering birds and those returning early from their southern vacations.

October is the month of drastic change, beginning with clear and bright days with cool nights and ending by heralding the dark, damp and cold that is November. Luckily it is also the month that gives us the most brilliant of colours before the total denouement of the season.

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Mother Nature’s Fiery Paintbrush

From a hill overlooking the Kennebecasis Valley

From a hill overlooking the Kennebecasis Valley

I went for a drive this morning, under grey and cloudy skies, looking for evidence of Mother Nature’s Fiery Paintbrush – and there it was, everywhere. I suspect that this Thanksgiving Week-end is probably the peak of the season as the leaves hold on the trees seems to be tenuous. A brisk windstorm could easily detach them and send them plummeting earthward to create a carpet of colour before decaying into mush beneath my feet.

Cemetery road in Norton, NB

Cemetery road in Norton, NB

Driving into Norton I couldn’t help but notice this road going uphill into the Catholic cemetery. Only some of the trees had changed, but those that had were spectacular.

You don't see these bright orange colours in the west.

You don’t see these bright orange colours in the west.

October has always been my favourite month, no doubt due to the brilliant colours, usually warm and sunny days and cool nights. Sadly it portends what will follow, but until it does, please join me in my enjoyment of the simple pleasures and the artwork created by Mother Nature’s Fiery Paintbrush.

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fall 2015 K Valley _L2H8474 - Version 2

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Autumn is amazing

BellisleFields4486I was on my way to Belleisle yesterday to do a family portrait shoot and around every corner of the winding country road I came across vistas of colour – fields and forests awash with reds, golds, oranges and greens. With the rapidly dropping temperatures, receding daylight hours and the increased winds of autumn, we have passed the peak of the fall foliage season as brightly coloured leaves create a carpet on the forest floor.

leavesonground-webAnd indoors it is time to turn on the heat, pull on the warm sweaters and give thanks for having a warm and furry friend to snuggle with, sheltered from the chill.

CFS_petHappy Thanksgiving Day!

 

 

 

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Going, going, gone…

Waterford Waterworks, Waterford, New Brunswick

 

It is, for all intents and purposes, over. What, you ask? Those glorious days of autumn when colour blazes from the trees reflected in nearby streams, lakes and even puddles bringing joy to everyone who sees it.

Despite the fact that it is November 1st and, here in Maritime Canada, it’s usually very cold and brisk – a reminder that winter is just around the corner. Not so this year. Last night it was so warm that we actually had the air conditioner running in the bedroom to drive down the temperature and remove some of the humidity so we could sleep. Unheard of at this time of year in this place!

But, the upside is, going out and exploring for places to make even more photographs is certainly more comfortable than in sub-zero temperatures or while wading through three feet of snow.

So, while it lasts? Gratitude.

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It’s Toque Season

Waterford Waterworks Waterfalls
Waterford, NB

With the changing of the leaves and the shortening of the days, autumn is in full swing here in New Brunswick and what that also means is that the temperatures are dropping rapidly.

Last night we had a heavy frost making the steps and landing at my front door a treacherous path to tread on the way out to walk Hoover this morning. I was slipping and sliding, clinging to the railing, while his four feet were going in all directions.

Luckily there was no wind at dawn today. Even so, walking down Mulberry Lane (I love the name of that road) was a chilly experience. My leather gloves did nothing to keep my hands warm and my ears and head were most definitely cold. On the way home I resolved to (with great regret) put the lightweight outerwear away and dig out the warmer wardrobe.

Yes, my friends, it IS toque season.

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