iHeartFaces – Autumn

17 Nov

Found one..

Autumn here is only fleetingly pretty, we find ourselves in the midst of waterlogged decay all too soon after the first leaves turn coppery gold and are blasted to the sodden ground to blacken. They don’t so much blow away as wear away.

Autumn chills us to the bone, bringing a deeply penetrating dampness that can’t be found in a photo bathed in the cool sunshine and golden haze ofย  a “New England” fall.

It’s not like that here.

Here we trail through fog and sludge and composty detritus past hedgerows of swollen rotten fruit. Our autumn logs aren’t for posing on, they are brittle and sodden, harboring eight-legged crawlers who crave the dank nooks.

My children leave home each morning and return home each evening in the dark, their breath trailing before them.

It’s not the season for walking upright.

Before the end of British Summer Time, when Autumn was just getting the better of that period we call Summer but rarely notice, I picked Paul up from school at 3:15 and we stopped at the park to feed the ducks. The sun was already low but the classroom had been warm and the cold air was a relief. This is my Autumn shot.

I sat on the ground and watched Paul share the cubes of bread, ten for the ducks, one for him.

When I was a child I walked round this pond twice a day to and from school. There were skinny fish and alarmingly fecund frogs back then. Now there’s just ducks.

But it smells the same.

Autumn always smells the same.

But usually looks more like this…


9 Responses to “iHeartFaces – Autumn”

  1. Cellobella November 17, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    I love the fact that you’re in Perthshire – sooooooooooo different from my Perth in Western Australia where it rarely rains in Autumn.

    In Perth, Autumn is clear sunny days, often hot, normally not too windy. Towards the end of the season it starts to get cold at night.

    Then it starts raining and it’s winter.

    You’ve got water rotting your logs… we have termites.


    • mrsw November 17, 2009 at 10:20 am #

      My parents visited your Perth last New Year and loved it… I’m not sure I could stand that long in a plane (or sit, I guess transport has improved in recent centuries lol!)

  2. Tracy, txmom2many November 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    Love the expression, light, and flare on the first one. Pure delight.

  3. Amanda Johnston November 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    I love his expression and the sun rays. Great shot!

  4. Marylin November 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm #

    I wish we had a better autumn than this… it really is pretty depressing, and I never use my camera as much with the light being icky/non existent!

  5. Niecey November 18, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    beautiful sunflare! And I love your patter, as always.

  6. Niecey November 18, 2009 at 12:22 am #

    Oh and thanks for all your lovley comments recently. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Tracey November 18, 2009 at 4:45 am #

    Great photo! Loving the sun flare. I love reading everything you have written on this page. You are too cool.

  8. Kristi Flower November 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    Love his cute expression in the first photo and the sunflare is awesome! Great job!

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