August 23, 2009

A Golden Leaf.

Despite my best effort to ignore the signs of the approaching autumn, they seem to be suddenly everywhere. The weather is still relatively warm, the days are still light, but it is no longer summer here in Scandinavia. I can not adequately put my finger on what exactly happens, however, it doesn't feel like summer any longer. And the amazing thing is that each year this happens from one day to another.

As if by magic, autumn is in the air. First of all, the sunshine is different. It becomes more golden, full with a tint of orange and yellow. Even though the air can still be warm, it has a different scent. The grass grows suddenly more slowly. Gone are the Dandelions and the Daisies. Instead the air is filled with the delicate, fluffy seeds of the Thistle. The Rose Hip bears fruits, the autumn Heather is starting to display the first flowers and the first mushrooms of the season can be found in the woods.
The nature changes in front of our eyes and this is evident mainly on the birch trees outside my windows, which already have the first golden leaves.

I have decided to document the change of their foliage, that takes place through the autumn, as another feature of my "progressive photography", which I am so very fond of. There is a beautiful, majestic birch tree in our yard, just in front of my kitchen window. The grass surrounding it is already covered by the very few first fallen leaves. I will post a picture of it every Sunday, until it stands bare in the beginning of winter.

Welcome to yet another theme of progressive photography. (As always, please click the pictures to enlarge the image.)

14 comments :

MelRoXx said...

Autumn is magical. & the images are wonderful!

Framing Images and Memories said...

Your photos and blog are so diverse and interesting. I enjoy your writing and varied subject matter. Keep up the good work.

Gal Friday said...

You'll laugh when you see the third photo on my blog today, Zuzana. :-)
It doesn't yet feel like autumn here, yet, but there are still signs. Our birch has been dropping leaves now for the last week and a half(always the first tree to loose it's leaves) and there is a certain sound and feel that in spite of the heat, that signals that summer is ending. I know exactly what you mean, but of course, I couldn't have written about it as well as you have done here.

steviewren said...

I've seen a number of red and yellow leaves here as well, although it is still pretty warm. We are having a beautiful day here. A cold front swept in and brought uncharacteristically nice weather for this time of the year. I've got the windows open to enjoy the cool breezes.

Jill said...

I love autumn so very much but I am NOT ready!! I am not ready!! I still want to relish the summer!

Shelly's Style Shop said...

Nice pictures. ;-) I love autumn, it is a beautiful time of year. A busy one too! That golden leaf is cute. ;-)

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

xoxo, Shelly

Holly said...

Doesn't it feel like summer just began and already it is coming to an end!?! Although I love autumn!! We don't get much of a fall season here in the desert. That is one thing I really miss. Still, we have beautiful winters!

Myussop said...

Yes,please do. I would not like to miss the changing leaves of autumn in Denmark.Over here in Sarawak (Borneo) the rains have returned but the leaves hardly change colours. Most are green throughout the year. So it's very difficult to see nature's changing details here.I love the birch tree picture and the shrubs and bushes around it - a pleasant surrounding.Bravo!

Diane said...

I still have another month or so before fall really starts, but I'm excited about it! I'm tired of heat and humidity and I'm ready for some bluster! ;)

Protege said...

=MeRoXx,
thank you so much for your always kind words.;))

=Framing Images...,
thank you, that was a very kind comment and a true compliment.;)I like your place too, you post the most stunning photographs.;)

=Tina,
I did laugh as we felt the same sentiment today.;)) I think by the way you write superbly.;))
Hope you had a wonderful weekend despite the heat.;))xo

=stevie,
can you imagine that I miss the heat an humidity? I really loved the weather in the southeast of the US.;))
Hope you had a nice Sunday with the cool breezes.;))

=Jill,
I am not ready either! I never am, summers here are way to short.;)) xo

=Shelly
I bet autumns are beautiful where you live.;)) Glad you like the leaf picture, I looked at it for a few days and wanted so much to capture it. Always enjoy your visits.;) x

=Holly,
I agree, why is the summer season so short? Particularly here. I will be happy to send you some of our autumn if you send me your winter.;)) xo

=Mahmud,
so glad you will enjoy my weekly updates and I am happy to provide you, at least in pictures, with a season that you do not have;)) Great comment as always.;)

=Diane,
you should so live in Scandinavia.;))
Hope you had a great weekend, you know I always cherish your visits.;)
xo

sallymandy said...

Yay! I love your progressive photos. Watching your birch tree turn yellow in the weeks ahead will make me feel less sad as autumn reaches my home, too. I'll know I'm not alone, that we are all sharing the season.

Hilary said...

Great idea! I love your progressive photography. :)

I know exactly what you mean about the changes that happen at this time. It feels summer.. it looks different though.. and smells differently too. It's like its own season, in a way. No longer summer but not quite autumn (which to me is crisp and cool and very brilliant in colour). It's Sautumn.

Claus said...

It feels different here also: first because of the unusual warm days we have been having. Second, the occasional windy afternoons and chilly nights. The weather is definitely changing in ways we don't know, and it can be seen through nature. Can't wait to see the Sunday progressive photo!

Protege said...

=sallymandy,
I am so happy you will enjoy this addiction of mine.;)) I know you love trees, and I am happy to hear that you will look forward to my Sunday updates; yes all we in the Northern hemisphere sit in the same boat when it comes to the weather and seasons.;))co

=Hilary,
You know I just read an article on the news about Australian government that wants to suggest something in that direction; they feel they are missing a season between sprig and summer.;)) So, maybe we here in the North miss a season between summer and autumn. I think I agree.;)) xo

=Claus,
yes, indeed, some years the weather is odd. But at least you are heading into summer.;)) I envy you.;))
Glad you too enjoy my new Sunday theme.;)) xo