Hidden beauty

November is a dull grey month in Sweden. The sun has forgotten how to shine and the trees softly drop their burden of leaves.

And yet, in secret nooks and crannies, hidden along untrodden paths, you can find spots of beauty.

bridge_leaves

The smile of a friend, the laughter of a child or a bridge made out of leaves.

Even those familiar spots that I visit daily suddenly look different, clothed as they are in the soft November light, and shining with their carpet of gold.

Carpet_leaves

Perhaps November isn’t such a dull month after all … if we can only remember to see.

What hidden beauty will you uncover in your life today?

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47 responses

  1. It’s still beautiful!

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    November 17, 2009 at 05:57

  2. You always have a way of bringing beauty for us to enjoy! Your photos and your post are delightful and I always look forward to them.

    Enjoy and stay warm!

    Sylvia

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    November 17, 2009 at 06:27

  3. Amy

    Got this hidden message Lady Fi, you’re right of course…and I’m trying hard to stay postive!! ;-)) Have a great day!!

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    November 17, 2009 at 06:42

  4. Fabulous pictures, LadyFi.You’re right, it’s always there – we just have to look for it.

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    November 17, 2009 at 06:50

  5. kelli

    my hidden beauty is in the form of a big giant danish exam… going to look for the sunshine! :o)

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    November 17, 2009 at 07:38

  6. lilalia

    Stunning photos. Such warm hues amongst the grey. I have been up in your neck of the woods in November and it is dark and grey, yet there probably many such beautiful sights as well. Keep your head held up, the Christmas season of lights is just around the corner.

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    November 17, 2009 at 07:57

  7. The ground was hidden under the orange leafs and that is an excellent view to me!

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    November 17, 2009 at 08:01

  8. I think Fall’s the most beautiful of all. Spring’s too tarty.

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    November 17, 2009 at 09:03

  9. Autumn is beautiful. It brought out the rich colours of nature.

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    November 17, 2009 at 09:21

  10. What a beautiful carpet of gold – you have seasons, we have constant neon and November is like any month, except cold. It was freezing today at 17 C.

    That Oscar is something else. Some dogs just don’t like living in packs, but want all the attention – they’re usually very sweet.

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    November 17, 2009 at 09:30

  11. Gorgeous photos. Beautiful commentary. “shining with their carpet of gold.” 🙂 🙂

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    November 17, 2009 at 09:58

  12. Now that first photograph is simply smashing!
    There are two little red trees outside my flat, about 20 metres from my building. They look magical. I think they are covered in red berries and the branches look black because of the constant rain. I should go have a closer look during these brief hours of weak light.
    Didn’t fall asleep until 4.30 so my own light is a bit dimmed as well. Hopefully I can do something useful & beautiful anyway.

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    November 17, 2009 at 11:20

  13. I love the second photo! The carpet of orange leaves. Stunning!

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    November 17, 2009 at 12:03

  14. There is beauty in everything around us. One has to be more observant. Thank you for capturing these for us.

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    November 17, 2009 at 13:54

  15. I agree, it can be so beautiful and your shots are wonderful. Thanks for posting them.

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    November 17, 2009 at 14:22

  16. Wonderful post. Have a beautiful day

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    November 17, 2009 at 14:33

  17. I thought the first photo was a mosaic – both are gorgeous

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    November 17, 2009 at 16:35

  18. Jen

    Stunning beauty, that first photo looks like someone scattered coins all over the bench. Gorgeous.

    Jen

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    November 17, 2009 at 16:50

  19. J

    I too have trouble finding beauty in November – congratulations for your very photogenic success. I love the contract in the second photo…but still, I can’t help longing for spring.

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    November 17, 2009 at 17:44

  20. Ladyfi: Great Fall photos of the changing seasons.

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    November 17, 2009 at 18:28

  21. that is soooo beautiful and something we totally miss here in SD!

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    November 17, 2009 at 18:56

  22. arabtrail

    I love leafy bridges and carpeted paths. You’re right, there’s a lot of beauty if we remember to look. Beautiful photos! I really like your angle on the bridge.

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    November 17, 2009 at 19:09

  23. A good reminder – there is beauty all around if we only have the eyes to see it. Your photos are proof of that!

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    November 17, 2009 at 20:16

  24. There’s so much hidden magic about!

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    November 17, 2009 at 20:30

  25. I don’t think November is a dull month. Colourful and mushrooms everywhere.

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    November 17, 2009 at 20:45

  26. Po

    Oxford is beautiful with all the red leaves on the buildings today.

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    November 17, 2009 at 21:36

  27. a lot of red leafs in the last image. And the bridge of leafs looks great. But probably it is slippery.

    Kul att se din blogg. 🙂

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    November 17, 2009 at 22:21

  28. Lovely photos!

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    November 18, 2009 at 00:12

  29. Jeanie

    Thanks for the message about hidden beauty. A good reminder to look past the obvious for the beauty that is everywhere.

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    November 18, 2009 at 00:30

  30. If you call those two photos a dull moment..then it’s duller at my world here..raining all the time on November..

    Thanks for stopping by mine…btw..

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    November 18, 2009 at 01:35

  31. Lovely photos..it all looks great to me..that last photo is just stunning..the light must have been just right..you did great looking for beauty:)

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    November 18, 2009 at 02:45

  32. Your November looks quite beautiful, maybe a little chilly as would be expected. Very nice images.

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    November 18, 2009 at 02:56

  33. The trees give up their turn at colourful glory and allow the ground its time now. I love your leafy bridge. 🙂

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    November 18, 2009 at 04:18

  34. “Nooks and crannies”. I love that expression.

    And these nooks and crannies are lovely. You have a great eye!

    Thanks,
    xo

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    November 18, 2009 at 07:23

  35. Okay, that’s a whole lot of leaves!

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    November 18, 2009 at 10:24

  36. Braja

    That first photo is brilliant, Fi…..

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    November 18, 2009 at 17:32

  37. A week ago, there was a bright red tree and a bright yellow tree, on different streets. Both screamed, “take my picture,” as they stood out among an ocean of palm trees. I live in southern California, as you know. Great photos LadyFi.

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    November 18, 2009 at 17:36

  38. Dog~gone~it, this Ozarks farm chick has been tryin’ to uncover the beauty of my diamond. ‘ Lost it yesterday and I’ve looked all over. The problem is that I went to the city, then did outside chores, carried in wood, cleaned the fireplace, defrosted the freezer…..and the list goes on. In almost 37 yrs. this is #4, don’t know if I can get Hubby to cough up another one.

    Ya’ll have a fantastic day and if ya run into any diamond lords just send ’em my way!!!!

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    November 18, 2009 at 22:34

  39. Lee

    Right now, in the middle of a hot day, a cold beer would be more than beautiful.

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    November 19, 2009 at 02:53

  40. Oh yes, November in the north is a month t treasure, still giving up a wealth of colour before the veil of white vovers all. I would love to be there in the morning mists and glow of wet leaves rather than sweltering here in the dry heat at 43C amongst dried up roses.

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    November 19, 2009 at 09:44

  41. This is a beautiful post! November is the same here in Oregon and you have to work to uncover the beauty — or at least the color! Your captures are beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing

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    November 20, 2009 at 01:37

  42. Oh my, that picture of the lake … just gorgeous. Looks like the perfect place to sit a spell and just soak up all the beauty. I seriously need to clear a space of time this w/e to do just that!

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    November 21, 2009 at 14:27

  43. Wow. These are really beautiful!

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    November 21, 2009 at 22:56

  44. Love both photos, but the bridge is so unusual and really lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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    November 22, 2009 at 00:33

  45. Those are some wonderful photos! You never know where you will find beauty.

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    November 22, 2009 at 07:20

  46. A timely reminder for me living in Göteborg! Just what I needed!

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    November 22, 2009 at 14:41

  47. Gorgeous! I’m not a fan of fall weather, but I do love the colors!

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    November 23, 2009 at 16:12

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