First Fall Photo Walk of 2017

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This morning I headed toward downtown by the Ottawa River. There’s no denying that fall is upon us, even though its official start is more than a week away.

The trees that sustain the most direct sunlight are starting to change color. I also spotted a stray ginger cat sitting beside a walking bridge that spans the river:

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While he lingered long enough for me to take a few pictures of him, he made himself scarce whenever I tried to get closer than five paces from him.

I really adore leaf season. If only it could last long enough to crush the harshness of winter.

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Belated WPC: Collage

Today I thought I’d try the Weekly Photo Challenge for the first time. Earlier today, the theme was still Collage. It just so happens that I recently made a collage in homage to sugar maples. By the time I was ready to post this collage today, the theme had changed, so I posted a photo for that challenge.

I thought I’d share this one despite the belated timing of this post. Is there a German word that implies longing for something yet not wanting to rush the time that intervenes between you and that which you desire? I’m thinking German because it seems that language has room for all sorts of ambivalence that is not acknowledged so readily in English.

If there is such a word, it would well convey how I feel in the heat of summer when I long to see sugar maples ablaze with color in autumn.
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Fall Photo Walk: Post Peak

Fall is in slow decline here, but the sun cooperated so well today it was worth my time to go on a photo walk. We also had our first hard frost last night, which should speed the end of this year’s leaf display. The weather is so odd this year. The roses and petunias are still in bloom, yet the maple trees are nearly bare.

Fall Photo Walk: Sugar Maple Peak

The sugar maples are blazing, and I was fortunate enough to capture some of these trees over the weekend. The light was unreliable despite a forecast of full sun all weekend. The wind was not cooperative at times either, which is typical of fall.