From Summer to Autumn

I don’t know about you, but I tend to accumulate photos that I’ve marked for the blog and then never used. Years pass and they stay put.

I want to clear out my photo album and decided on doing a little compilation of images, spanning from summer to autumn. The images aren’t all from this year but the theme ties them together.

Flowers with raindrops

Different in style, some look good with greater contrast and some are light-toned, sun-filtered. For a photo critic, there would be a lot of corrective points to be made in this post. I know that and don’t mind, skipping happily along.

Yellow dahlia

They are summery and tell a story if you are just willing to listen. (Are you?)

Whether the stories are nice ones or not is a whole other story. Water tempting some to swim might look very unattractive to others. Staring at things through a lens might be a turn-off for many, too.

But the photos all say, “I was here, and I saw this.”

“I stopped and I looked. It made an impression on me for some reason. Will I be able to show my reasoning through my shot without words?”

And now I’m sharing these moments in an autumnal hello from -2°C in the mornings and summer gear buried away back in the far end of the closet. Scarves and beanies, where did I put you again?

They represent precious moments in between the never-ending 8-hour stints at the office without looking out the window. The last sun rays escape silently but they don’t go unnoticed.

56 responses to “From Summer to Autumn

      • The novel is called, it is translated in English, The Evenings (De Avonden) by Gerard Reve. Published in 1947 it is the just after WW2 search of a young man for a meaning of life. Reve became one of the great Dutch authors. Being homosexual his themes were death, love and, surprisingly, religion. He became a catholic and made Maria more of less his personal goddess, wich, if he would have noticed, the pope problably would not have agreed upon. 🙂

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        • Interesting how I’ve never heard of this author, though as someone living in the same continent you’d think we would have heard of each others’ major authors at some point. And I did used to read a lot. Frankly, I can’t think of any other Dutch authors right now either… well except Anne Frank of course!

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          • I agree. Same here, how many Finnish or even Autralian authors do I know? Sibelius, of course, but he wrote music and not novels. (O wait! Robert Hughes, I read him!) I guess it’s because we both are part of small linguistic communities, although Dutch is spoken by around 20 million people. But that is nothing compared to English, French, German, Spanish, to stick to this continent (and its colonies). We should all become Swedes and write Detectives 🙂

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  1. I am glad you unearthed some of those “old” photos. I think it happens to all of us, similar to print photos that end up in a drawer somewhere, until we happen across them while we look for something else.
    Happy autumn. 🍁

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  2. What a nice collection of photos. Definitely get the feeling of transition (though -2°C will never be considered Autumn in my book). I think my favorite is the fall river/lake side view with the bank shot through with roots. The light is lovely and I’ve always liked those networks of roots, holding the bank together and holding the trees upright.

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    • The roots photo is my favorite, too. They really captured my eye on the spot. And I was just saying how I would call these these temperatures winter but everyone else here say it’s autumn! They look at a calendar to determine when seasons change, I look at the weather… and it feels especially cold right now since central heating hasn’t turned on yet! Sometime next month, I’d imagine…

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      • I take it that’s the building’s central heating you’re talking about. Do they go by the calendar too? What’s the alternative? Lots of hats and sweaters or just your own heating equipment?

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        • Yes, the janitor/maintenance people go by calendar and switch on the heating a certain day. It takes a while for the building to warm up and so it can be quite cold for a while even after it’s turned on, if the weather outside is already cold. But for most of the winter, central heating gives us a pleasant 22C indoors (you can’t choose the temperature to be over that but you can lower it if you want, 22 is the maximum). The floors stay cold though. This is in apartment buildings in the city. If you live in your own house in a rural area, you’ll have to heat it yourself and it’s super expensive no matter which alternative you choose. Woollen socks and double duvets are what I opt for!

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          • Many years ago, I lived for a while in a stone cottage in Cornwall. The only heat was an open fireplace and I spent the winter wearing wooly hats and sweaters and huddled between the pitiful warmth of the fireplace and a small propane heater. Golden days!

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  3. Ohh, this is a brilliant post. I love so many of these photos and the narrative as well. I always want your stories, with words preferably, but the photos themselves are quite enough as it is. The window is just divine, the water is unbelievable seeing that some swim happily in it, and your -2 are countered with my +35. Meet you in the middle?

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  4. That last photo exemplifies the beauty of nature in Scandinavia. One knows that the warmth is numbered and nature puts on the very best show for that short time frame.
    I also have photos like yours, buried away in a to be posted – blog folder. – 2 hey? That is a bit nippy but I would not complain if I was there. The days already have a sting in them here. It will only get worse when the humidity ramps up in the start of December. It tried so hard to rain today – just a sprinkle of drops. The first we have seen for oh I don’t know, six months?

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  5. I’m always listening when the word “summer” is mentioned! Your photos capture so much of the brightness and haze and warmth and happiness that summer brings to me. Come visit when you need another shot; we are nowhere near leaving summer yet (for good and for bad!).

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    • Thanks, dear Lexie! 💕Our summers are so short that they easily turn into a race against time: an endless chore list of fun things you have to try to fit in that time frame at least once. One swim outdoors (for me, a pool because of lack of choice). Raspberries at least once (super expensive). Ice cream in the park at least once. Ride my bike at least once. Try a new playground with the boys at least once. Take the boys to a theme park at least once. Visit a garden at least once. And so on. Not exactly relaxing, efficient is closer to the word I’m looking for! 😅

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  6. Pleasant hints of summer indeed. 🙂
    I do like the old wooden house, though.
    I can imagine a log fire burning in the chimney.
    A deep leather armchair to read a book in, with a
    bottle of poire liqueur at hand…

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  7. So does this mean you’ll now delete them from your photo files, because they’re on the blog? I sometimes am looking for something and I think ‘what a load of old rubbish’, but you’re right- they do represent a moment in time. Sometimes I’m ruthless and delete them anyway. Probably not ruthless enough. 🙂 🙂

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  8. Beautiful collection you have! You should post more of them.
    I share the same dilemma.So many photos, so many stories waiting to be written. Just waiting for time to let me in.
    Its always a great time following your trails Snow, thanks for letting me see your photo journals. 🙂

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  9. They definitely tell a story, Snow! Of warm busy days, when something small gets your attention and you have to capture it before the moment is gone… a beautiful flower, a moment of glorious light, magical reflections… aren’t those little things the ones that can cheer you up any given day or make a whole season full of beautiful memories? 🙂

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  10. Beautiful photos and you have such a wonderful way with words…love reading your posts. I think the window is my favorite and also the third one with the lush green lawn/field? and the cottage in the background. Sending you warm wishes!

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