Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Holding onto summer...

(a Weekly Top Shot entry)

I have a love/hate relationship with autumn.  I think most of us do.  After what seemed like an eternity of unbelievably hot days and outrageous electric bills, we now look upon cooler temperatures, wonderfully comfortable nights for sleeping, and the absence of the droning air conditioner.  And then, just around the corner, we see hours of shoveling snow, frigid fingers as we scrape our windshields every morning so we can see our way to work though the slush, and the endless wait as we anticipate the rise of heat from the basement furnace.  All this, while we enjoy the beautiful changing colors of the season and the excitement of upcoming holidays.  See what I mean...love/hate.

So, as I hang onto the fading light of summer while enjoying the merging seasons, I was thrilled to see these last lilies in the garden.  I totally thought they were done for the season.  So glad I didn't cut them back last weekend!  So glad, in fact, I shot them from every angle!







Experimenting with saturation...



20 comments:

  1. The thing about autumn is that it never seems long enough.

    Those photos are great. I do like the last one very much.

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  2. lovely shots! we barely got any lilies this year due to the drought. even the wild ones that usually fill the ditches were in low supply.

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  3. I can't believe you still have lilies blooming! Wow, pretty.

    Autumn can't come quickly enough for me. As for winter, well, that's okay too. Variety is the spice of life! How bored would you be Helene not to have the different seasons? We have winter pretty easy here in NJ, I think. Only three real months of winter isn't so bad. And think of all those snow-decked-tree photo ops!

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  4. oh how nice to have this little reminder of a time too soon gone

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  5. Aren't these pretty! I like the last shot as well.

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  6. These are so beautiful! What a treat to find late bloomers. I especially like the color you achieved with the experimental shot.

    I've always loved autumn (my birthday's near Halloween). Since we've lived in the Pacific Northwest I've found it much more crisp and defined. . .and it morphs into a long, long winter all too soon.

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  7. Beautiful daylilies. Love the color! Your cropped shots are beautiful. Nice details.

    I'm having a hard time adjusting to the shorter daylight hours. Only because I know I have less hours to be active. I do look forward to the Fall colors and taking more pictures! ;)

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  8. beautiful gifts to enjoy! flowers make every space a little prettier love your photos...and the fall cool nights here in Pa.
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    have a great weekend!

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  9. I have a Stella d'Oro that is supposed to rebloom, but I don't think it bloomed at all this summer. That must have been a very nice surprise to see these again. :)

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  10. SO gorgeous! Does it have a heavenly scent too?? I love this time of year too, and then hope and pray for a rainy winter (read no snow) so I don't miss work days (makes for a longer school year) and I don't have to drive a 40' bus in it... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #50! Glad you're still enjoying that coffee.. ;-)

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  11. Beautiful photos of your lovely lily! Fall is a bittersweet time, when we feel sad that summer is over, but look forward to the beauty of Fall colors. I am going to hold on to these days as long as I can! xx

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  12. After being jealous of all your great close-ups for months now, I finally ordered a macro lens. Every time I would talk myself out of getting one I would see your photos, and realise there's a whole world of photography I'm missing.

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  13. Beautiful captures of such a beautiful daylily. Wonderful macro work!!

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  14. Day lilies are my favorite flower. These are beautiful shots!

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  15. Sensational, I particularly like your fourth photo.

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  16. I do have a love/hate relationship with Fall...I had not thought of that before...I do like the way you found the lilies...so pretty

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