November 28, 2011

In Monochrome.

There is something very melancholic about the end of November. The second half of this penultimate month in a year carries a certain nostalgic feel to it. Particularly here in the cold North, where it is defined by cloudy skies, damp, misty air and a barren landscape.

By now, all the foliage is gone. The golden, copper and fiery red colours are replaced by a multitude shades of grey. As we stand between seasons, our world grows monochrome. It resembles a foggy canvas upon which bare tree branches are painted like dark brush strokes against the twilight sky.

Thus it is time for me to conclude the progressive photography of our lovely birch tree, at least for this season.
It stands now all dormant in our front yard, appearing lifeless, entering its winter sleep. What a difference a span of three months can make - one can not believe that the first and last picture below is indeed taken in the same spot. Gone is the juice green and even the copper hue. The beautiful azure heavens and platinum sunshine. All that remains is a charcoal tree drawn against a transparent anthracite background.

Unless snow will cover its branches a few weeks down the road, I will return with a new update first next year, to take you on the opposite journey through the spring and into early summer, recording the return of the beautiful leaves of our silver birch.





27 comments :

Elizabeth said...

And so another cycle is gone and another one started.

Enjoy your day and drive safely during a misty morning.

Rahul Bhatia said...

This signals the onset of long and cold nights with misty and foggy days ahead!Enjoy Slumber n coffee!

Elisabeth said...

It's such a treat to follow the cycle of your beautiful tree, Zuzana. A reminder of the cycle of life in all its manifestations.

You describe your sense of November so beautifully here. It is so different from my experience of November in Melbourne Australia where summer is on the wing and we've abandoned our stockings and boots for sandals.

latebloomerbuds said...

I love this idea and how you presented it Zuzana! How I enjoy the changing of the seasons. Margie

Lynne said...

The birch has become a favourite of mine since living in Sweden. I always liked it, now I love it. Fortunately, there is one in our neighbours garden. There are still some yellow leaves left on it.

Kat_RN said...

Even stark, it is beautiful. You have captured the feeling of the season perfectly. It makes me melancholy and thankful that I will not go through the winter alone.
Kat

ladyfi said...

Ah - how gorgeous! Even with its bare bones, the tree is lovely in its simplicity.

Brian Miller said...

it has been picked to the bones...but even now new life lies within and waits for the time after the sleep...you wont have too long to wait...smiles. spring will come.

Julie Hibbard said...

As always, your photography is gorgeous and awe inspiring! I think trees are somewhat magical...they just keep going, changing with the elements and thriving the entire time. They enjoy each season and go with the flow...
So much like you and me.

Bossy Betty said...

I love how you study and admire nature and all the changes it brings.

LadyCat said...

Each season has it's own form of beauty. I really like the monochrome look of the bare tree. It seems to have much more character.

Ann Marie said...

i love this! so lovely to see this time-lapse.

Hilary said...

It's fun that you have new changes to chart through the year. Looking forward to more fine photos.

Joanna Jenkins said...

We were just back in Ohio and I prayed for Fall foliage-- but no such luck. Cold weather and tons of ran erased all the colors. I'll have to plan better for next year.

Happy holidays, jj

Amanda said...

zuzana,

the foto of the bare tree has its own elegant beauty. there is something very powerful about appreciating the cyclical nature of things and that without seasons of rest we cannot have seasons of abundance.

peace and wishes for a blessed week dear zuzana~
xoxo

Mimi said...

Hi Zuzana, thanks for showing us the progress of your beautiful tree.
One can feel the year drawing to a close, can't one?
And yet, that leads us closer to the start of another one, and new life budding once again.
The wonders of nature!

Becky~ said...

Lovely pics.Blessings for the week ahead Zuzanna!

A Lady's Life said...

Your bare birch is making me want to paint again lol

sprinkles said...

Wow, just looking at these pix is an excellent reminder of how quickly things can change -- in nature and in life!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Zuzana,

Great to see your lovely tree, though the seasons.
Always a treat to have the changing of the seasons.

Have a happy new week
Hugs
Carolyn

Rajesh said...

You have presented the contrasts beautifully.

Angela Bell said...

Yes it is a strange inward time,I feel quite sad for no real reason at this time of the yeaar.The tree i see from my bedroom window is also bare.I am on strike tomorrow against pension cuts so I will need to get strong. lol lovely post as usual. Angela

SandyCarlson said...

Birch trees herald the seasons with such grace. Beautiful post, my friend. I feel the same way about November. Thanks for saying it.

Ruby said...

Beautiful shots showing the seasonal journey!

Susan Deborah said...

Isn't it wonderful to think how blessed we have been in this year. I feel quite grateful and wonderful.

Joy always to you, dear Zuzana,
Susan

Sandi McBride said...

Lovely as usual...and when we look at that deadened tree in winter only to see it bursting with life the following spring, who are we to say there is no rebirth?
Sandi

Myrna R. said...

I love the way you describe nature's cycles. So nice to view the lovely tree and all its changes.