November 20, 2010

November Nostalgia.

As we stand between seasons, late fall melancholy becomes ever so palpable in the air. The sense of conclusion leaves its imprint in our surroundings, while Lady Autumn prepares to pass over her reign to the cold season.

In my mind, this part of the year plays out as a solemn symphony, in strokes of violins and piano, the likes of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21. In images, the misty landscape seems to be saturated by a sense of gentle sorrow, as drops of rain adorn the last, shriveled remains of foliage, like bittersweet tears.

This is the time of November Nostalgia, filled with sweet remembrance and contemplation of moments passed. It comes across almost as a stillness, a moment of tranquility that lingers for a while, while we prepare to say our farewell to the flamboyant fall.

Nature is winding down and this decline is certainly contagious. There is an atmosphere of rest in my surroundings, a sense of odd harmony instigated by the endless circle of renewal and growth that a year comprises. Each season is a part of nature's master plan and the consistency in this progress is curiously reassuring.

Very soon, the shift to the reign of Winter will occur and replace the sense of twilight with the brilliance of illumination - and in it its turn - late fall melancholy with the time of expectations and joy, while the Holiday Season truly begins.





27 comments :

tony said...

Nature Is God's Symphony.Music Mystro Please!

Zuzu said...

Beautifl photos and thoughts, Zuzana. I love the changes in the seasons - each one has it's special gifts and joys!
Wishing you a lovely weekend,
Zuzu

Brian Miller said...

ah...this time of year the music of nature is her last hurrah before the dying time...but still expectant of the new birth come spring...hope you got some sleep...smiles.

adrielleroyale said...

"In images, the misty landscape seems to be saturated by a sense of gentle sorrow, as drops of rain adorn the last, shriveled remains of foliage, like bittersweet tears." Just beautiful! I had just clicked your link (opened in a separate window) for the symphony before I read that which while the music played made it even more poignant and beautiful! We have already had our first snow and the cold has already taken up residence it would seem...a sense of melancholy indeed. Although I suppose it leaves more desire to cuddle up and read and write which I should be grateful for. Fantastic photos and reflections :)

Bossy Betty said...

Love this interpretation of the changing of the seasons. I appreciate each season so much!

Elizabeth said...

The winter is about to begin and I choose Scartaglen Slide to start of the contemplation of winter.

Have a lovely saturday evening.

xoxo e.

steviewren said...

I love the photo of the rosehips (?). The saturated color takes up where autumn left off.

If you were still living here in the States, you would have Thanksgiving to look forward to before the Christmas rush takes over. I'm curious...what holidays do you celebrate there in Denmark that we don't have in the States. What am I missing out on?

Hope Adela said...

i love these nature photos!

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Michael Manning said...

Hi, Zuzana: There is something to be said for 4 seasons and also where I live in the Arizona desert. It is a muted winter but always interesting. xo! :)

artswebshow.com said...

Nostalgic november, such a good way of putting it.
Enjoyed reading this.

Betsy said...

November like a Mozart concerto...that is brilliant! :)

Julie Hibbard said...

Your photography is BRILLIANT! Enjoy your November weekend!

sprinkles said...

I guess it's officially winter here now, we had our first snowfall. It didn't last long. We're supposed to get more though. Ugh!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Your November collage is beautiful and full of rich jewel tone colors and textures.
Enjoy the remaining days til winter.
Cheers, jj

ladyfi said...

Lovely and contemplative post. I always feel a bit melancholy in the grey fog of November - but once I'm actually outside with the dog, it feels lovely in its own way...

Mimi said...

Love this post, Zuzana, your beautiful words and pictures are soothing me this morning.

" Each season is a part of nature's master plan and the consistency in this progress is curiously reassuring."

perhaps you should come over here to counsel us? Or even to run the negotiations with the imf?

Hilary said...

You expressed the feel and ache of this season so well.. in words and in photos. But then again, you always do.

Donna said...

Gorgeous November photos, Zuzana, a beautiful post.

Hugs,
Donna

Deborah Jean said...

Love your images and outlook
as always,
Deb~

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Here I am again, saying the same thing, over and over. Like, that your use of language is so lovely. -happy sigh-

Yes, soon I'm going to have to just comment; "Beautiful, beautiful entry, once again!" -sigh-

Gentle hugs...

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Wondering if you have posted, about your time in N. Carolina? That intrigues me, since it was in my country... Though not my "part," of my country. :-)

Didn't see a list of Labels, on your blog. [Where I might find 'N. Carolina.] If I missed them, please point to them, for me. Thank you.

Gentle hugs...

Just_because_today said...

Your beautiful prose and photography made me forget that I dont like Fall. I dont like it only because it is the liason between the two extremes. I guess I like extremes. Although I dont like Winter, I feel better when it's here and I know I am facing it and not anticipating it.

I really liked this:
Each season is a part of nature's master plan and the consistency in this progress is curiously reassuring.

SandyCarlson said...

Lately, my daughter has craved sleep, and I have followed her in this. It is good to rest. It is good to let it be that we might arise fresh and new. It's good. It's good to welcome this change in time.

Hope Despite Depression said...

I have been feeling everything you wrote about x10... who let you in my head? :)

It always surprises me how fast autumn flies by - I guess it's because I try to hold onto it as long as I can - knowing what's just around the corner...

And every year I brace myself for the inevitable... the long, cold, dark winter days... This year, however, I'm going into this winter season with a more positive outlook - I'm going to TRY to see the beauty in it... and not just in the "first fallen snow" - the day when the snow clings so beautifully to the trees ... I plan on looking deeper this year... because each season (as you so eloquently write) has it's own beauty - I like the image you bring to mind of the sparkling nights with the moon bouncing off the bright white snow... I thank you for that wonderful image to look forward to... :)

Christine

Claus said...

I wonder what that nostalgia feels like...I can read what you and probably others go through, but what would I feel, I wonder? November is a month of change in Guatemala: the rain has stopped and on we go to the dry phase of our two seasons. While it will be cold and windy at first, the hot days of summer are but a couple of months away and that is joy enough to take delight on this month...plus its my bday month ;o)
have a great day!!!

Zuzana said...

Tony, Zuzu, Brian, adrielle, Betty, Elizabeth, Stevie, Adela, Michael, artswebshow, Betsy, Julie, sprinkles, Joanna, ladyfi, Mimi, Hilary, Donna, Deborah, Amelia, Myriam, Sandy, Christine and Claudia, you are all so very kind in your comments, complimenting my writing and photography.

I am so happy to be able to share the somewhat sad but enticing beauty of late autumn with those of you who do not experience the four seasons. And equally I am glad to know that those of you who do, might view it with different eyes after reading this post.;)

Thank you everyone for your visit and wonderful words.;)

Xoxo
Zuzana

Gal Friday said...

I wish there were two Octobers and two Novembers to a year, and words and photos express the same feeling of mellow melancholy and acceptance, and yes, nostalgia that I also feel in the late autumn.