November 07, 2009

Late Autumn Melancholy...

The first week of November brought with it the sensation of the imminence of the approaching winter. The weather grew colder and the sun has been absent. We even experienced the fall of the first snow, which however failed to leave any cover. A strong storm swept over the country in mid week, ripping through the trees, robbing them of the last of their foliage and leaving a barren landscape behind.

The nature offers the first glimpse of autumn melancholy. The clouds are dark and low, the air is damp and still, the trees almost bare and the remains of their fallen leaves lie in heaps everywhere. There is a feeling of sad tranquility in my surroundings, however it seems not to darken my spirits. On the contrary, it fills me with calming serenity as I watch the fragile daylight slowly disappear.

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Nessa said...

I love your first picture. The colors are jewel-like, the berries like a beaded necklace.

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Shelly's Style Shop said...

Beautiful pictures! It is very calming. I just love all the colors that fall/winter bring us.

I hope we get to experience the snow sometime ths year. I am not to sure though. It's cold here in the morning and nights, but we still get up to uppers 80's during the day. ;-)

I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

xoxo, Shelly

Brian Miller said...

love that sad tranquility and calm serenity...your words are as beautiful as your pictures. have a great saturday!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Your pictures and your text are both beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Hi Zuzana,

Your writing is art to me. I savor the words you weave and wonder how it comes so easily for you.

I have been looking forward to winter. Everything slows down, thoughts are clearer, and there is a soft beauty not found any other time of year.

As always - a beautiful post and a joy to visit you. :)


MsTypo said...

I've always found November to be a rather melancholic time of year.

I love the photo on the left of the pile of leaves. So colourful!!

Maria said...

Short days and long dark nights have their own fascination, I always think.....

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

This is a lot like what i felt when I snapped those dark pictures of my woods this morning. I felt isolated and alone but, strangely, serene and tranquil. It was good. Sometimes "dark" is not bad! C

Sandi McBride said...

The Mosaic is a lovely thing that you've mastered, in my opinion...but the single picture captures fall so perfectly that I have to say, I went back and took another look.

Jeannette StG said...

Your pics are the good part of fall - bright colors. Can imagine the melancholy, having lived in Holland, many gray and cold days!!! Even though it's mosly colder, but I prefer the snowy days!

Unknown said...

I am impressed! this entry is so beautiful!

G said...

A melancholy time indeed... but what rich colours! And you prove it with your stunning photographs. :)

sprinkles said...

I love that picture of the rose! So pretty! said...

That was so beautifully written...
I love this time of year in Montreal too. Especially the crisp fresh air when I leave the house in the morning.

Julie Hibbard said...

That is the most beautiful collage ever!! Enjoy your weekend!!

Reading Tea Leaves said...

This collage has surpassed all others - its wonderful!

So the storms are beginning to hit already then - I know how much you dislike the wind, so keep safe, but some snowflakes, however few, will be a delight. I love the first snow, probably because we don't get much of it here in this part of the UK!

Jeanne x

Hilary said...

Grat collage, Z. I love how those leaves in that one shot are actually purple. And the lady bug.. we had a lovely, warm and sunny day yesterday and found the lady bugs to be out in full force. The leaves here are pretty much gone now too.. just a few days after the shots I took on my current post. It's always warm and inviting over here at your place, my sweet friend. :)

steviewren said...

I'm glad the melancholy of the season hasn't affected you yet. Winter has its purpose as well as the other seasons. Too bad we don't always find it as restful as the rest of nature does.

Zuzana said...

thank you, what a poetic observation.;) Always happy to see you stopping by.;)xo

thank you. I hope you likewise had a lovely weekend, your visits warm my heart.;) xo

that is a great compliment coming from talented you.;) Hope your weekend was great as well.;)

that you, that was a very kind comment.;)

your wonderful words area a joy to read, thank you for such a lovely compliment. I agree with you on the tranquility of the winter season.;) Always happy to see you visit.;)xo

thank you, glad you enjoyed my collage.;)I agree on the melancholy.;) Hope your weekend was great.;)xo

so right you are, great point of view.;) Thank yo for your visit.;)

I agree with you, it was the same feeling.;) Thank you so much for stopping by.;) xo

so happy that you liked that picture.;) I guess it does signifies fall in a rather melancholic way.;) Always glad when you visit.;) xo

of course, Holland has very much the same climate.;) Wonderful to see you stopping by, thank you for your kind comment.;) xo

thank you and welcome back, that was kind of you.;)

you are always so kind in your words, thank you so much.;) You know your visits are always special to me.;) xo

ah, so nice you noticed that one.;) Roses bloom as the last flowers long into December, it always amazes me.;) Always so happy when you stop by dear friend.;)xo

I can imagine, your climate must be similar to ours. Thank you for your kind words.;) xo

so happy you like it, hope you had a great weekend.;) xo

I agree, the first snow, usually November snow is the best. I hate the snow storms that come in March, when I am ready for spring.;) I am so glad you liked this collage.;) Always a delight when you stop by.;) xo

likewise, your comments are always warm and inviting dear friend. The shot you posted today were out of this world. I know what you mean, it takes just one storm to take all the foliage off. The ladybug was a surprise too.;) Your visit mean the world to me.;) xo

yes I try to see the positive in the winter season, as it is needed as well as the summer is.;) So happy to see you stopping by, each time.;) xo

Claus said...

What a wonderful Autumnal collage! Though it must be a pain to collect all those leaves, they look almost poetic on the ground. What do you do with all those leaves Zuzana? They must make a huge pile!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

I ALWAYS love your collages of photos but this is one of my favorites yet!

Zuzana said...

thank you so much - so happy you enjoyed my autumn pictures.;)
The leaves are collected and I use them to cover my spring bulbs, as a protection cover in the winter. As they decay, they keep my spring flowers warm.;) Always appreciate when you stop by.;) xo

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the autumn collage so much, thank you for your kind words.;)

Gal Friday said...

Melancholy is a perfect word for this time of year.
I felt a little the same way, walking the dog over the weekend and noticing sadly that fiunally all the wildflowers were gone--nothing to pick --killed off completely by the last killing frost. At least at this time of year you get to notice beauty in the exposed tree limbs and rocks.

Zuzana said...

I knew you would understand, as your weather is very similar. Before we know it winter is here again... Where did all the spring and summer months go, right? Didn't we just recently talk about the last of the snow...