Sunday, October 23, 2011

Colour My World

Each season brings me new delights - the first snowfall of winter, the first crocuses poking through the earth in spring, the first tomatoes to ripen in summer. But no season brings me greater joy than autumn, when colour engulfs me - fall flowers still blooming, green grass still growing, and the best and most beautiful of all - the trees. I am consumed with happiness. Perhaps it is because red and yellow are my favourite colours, so cheerful, so bright, so joyous.

Only in autumn can a short fifteen minute drive from Crofton to Chemainus on a Sunday afternoon become an hour of awe and wonder as I stop every few minutes to inhale the splendor of the world around me:

Old wooden bridge on Chemainus Road

Chemainus cemetery

How can one tree - one leaf - hold so many beautiful shades on its palette?

I think October must be Mother Nature's Christmas, when she decorates her trees in crimson and gold, and strings shimmering strands of sunlight among them.


EvenSong said...

Beautiful! I especially like the one with the reflections in the river.

Funder said...

You live in such an amazing place! Take all the time you need to get from point A to point B, and keep taking pix for the rest of us!

Karen said...

Our Jasper died quite suddenly on Friday. His registered name was Autumn's Golden Glory, named for the exquisite time of year he came to us as a young pup, and ironically the time of year he left us too.

Anonymous said...

Karen I'm so sorry for your loss.
Your Jasper was born and died at a beautiful time of year as his name implied.


Jean said...

Karen, I am so sorry to hear about Jasper (I read it on your blog, but for some reason can't comment there; emailed you but your email address may have changed since you moved). The beautiful golden Jasper, beginning and ending his life's journing in autumn, certainly suited his registered name well! He was indeed "Autumn's Golden Glory". Run free, Jasper.

Tink said...

Jean, you don't have to publish this comment. I didn't know how else to contact you. Just wanted to let you know how grateful I am that you are posting all these beautiful autumn photos! i'm such an autumn lover! I love the crisp air, the gorgeous colors the deep smell of the earth. Maybe because I was born in september? Who knows. I used to take the dogs to the forest, rain or shine and come home my soul and mind deeply satisfied by all this beauty. Ever since I have become disabled and became house and/or bed bound I enjoy the seasons through the eyes of others. Every now and than when I feel well enough my husband takes me out for a drive en I drink it all in, but have to pay for it later, most of the time a set back health wise for days. Everything has it's price right? :-) I do thank you so very much for the beautiful photos and stories. I love the Vancouver island area. We stayed in or on Galliano when I was still mobile. Stunning scenery! My biggest wish is to re-visit one day! -- Many blessings and be well! -- Christine

Jean said...

Christine, I'm so glad my photos helped colour your world too. I'm also born in September - perhaps there is something to your theory about why we love the autumn days!

We do live on a beautiful island. If you haven't already seen it, check out my July 1st (Oh Canada! My Canada!) post - lots of photos of my beautiful area there.

And if you would like to contact me via email, you'll find a link that says "email me" on the right hand side of this blog. If that doesn't work, you can reach me at animalsinrescue (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Thanks again for your kind words about the blog.