Lessons from the leaves

Autumn is still hanging on here,

Dancing as much as it can

With the last few leaves so bright.

How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days.  ~John Burroughs

(Something for me to bear in mind with a birthday fast approaching…)

68 responses

  1. Fall does inspire the camera– and the poet! Great quote!

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    November 26, 2011 at 18:09

  2. so true! if we can all show such brilliance and beauty as we change! 🙂

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    November 26, 2011 at 18:10

  3. **How full of light and color are their last days. **

    Beautifully describes us, as well.

    Wonderful…. xx

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    November 26, 2011 at 18:11

  4. This is an amazing capture…beautifully composed…

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    November 26, 2011 at 18:18

  5. Love your capture as always! Definitely encouraging words — having just had a birthday a couple of months ago myself! The colorful leaves here in Seattle are the one thing that can lift the spirit every day — well, while they last and fortunately, we still some, too, in spite of the strong winds lately! Hope you have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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    November 26, 2011 at 18:34

  6. AS

    very nice 🙂

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    November 26, 2011 at 19:02

  7. Stunning motif.

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    November 26, 2011 at 19:22

  8. The colour of the Autumn leaves never ceases to enchant me, and you know how to capture their magic. 🙂

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    November 26, 2011 at 19:50

  9. smiles. great picture…still hanging her as well…in the upper 60s today but the cold is supposed to hit this week…

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    November 26, 2011 at 20:19

  10. great capture… first by the falling orange leaf finding it’s way to a pretty blue place to hang out, second and most important by your great eye ~ i love this shot 🙂

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    November 26, 2011 at 20:27

  11. Bob

    Brilliant picture.

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    November 26, 2011 at 20:47

  12. The clothesline is holding on for dear life as winter fast approaches….not letting that leaf go at any cost!
    I hear you are getting unseasonably warm temps this late fall…read it in the newspapers here..enjoy it!

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    November 26, 2011 at 21:25

  13. Leaves bare their brilliant beauty in the lingering of fall! Great capture and a very befitting quote! I love how you equated the words to turning another year older 🙂

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    November 26, 2011 at 21:46

  14. Autuminal colouring are so deep and rich – this single leaf is a reminder of things enjoyed through-out the season.

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    November 26, 2011 at 22:52

  15. Ha! Are you saying you are entering the Fall of your life?? Not possible your spirit is forever young! 🙂

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    November 26, 2011 at 22:56

  16. Even a fallen leaf radiates so much beauty! Lovely capture..

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    November 26, 2011 at 23:04

  17. There is a lot about Autumn to recommend it, and its glorious colours are a part of that. I loved the photo, and the quote. Thank you.

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    November 26, 2011 at 23:45

  18. Love the bright blue and muted orange colors in this photo — is that a clothesline? 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

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    November 27, 2011 at 00:29

    • Yes, I found the leaf hanging alone on a clothesline!

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      November 27, 2011 at 08:55

  19. very nice colors!

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    November 27, 2011 at 01:06

  20. Nice. Yes, I like how autumn leaves age gracefully!

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    November 27, 2011 at 01:11

  21. Still hanging on here, too. Lovely leaf photo!

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    November 27, 2011 at 01:15

  22. a great title, and you sure live up to it!

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

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    November 27, 2011 at 02:13

  23. Yeah! I’ve got to save that quote (it’s perhaps too late for me though ;>)

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    November 27, 2011 at 02:48

    • It seems to me as if you’re living life to the full!

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      November 27, 2011 at 08:44

  24. Beautifully composed shot. And great color and light just as the quote says.

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    November 27, 2011 at 03:37

  25. I’d like to get older like leaves, burning the last flame of life at its peak and then get muted with time to tarnish and become the part of the soil finally. Your photo and the quote remind me of that.

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    November 27, 2011 at 04:34

  26. May the spirit of the leaf reside in us all.

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    November 27, 2011 at 04:41

  27. How nice. I can see them even now.
    Old leaves are also good.

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    November 27, 2011 at 04:41

  28. Like our life… caught in various duties. Great shot.

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    November 27, 2011 at 06:49

  29. Beautiful! Love the poem 🙂

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    November 27, 2011 at 11:31

  30. gorgeous post!

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    November 27, 2011 at 13:10

  31. Francisca

    I agree with Far Side of Fifty. Age is a state of mind and you are in no way entering the Golden Years. Just watch this young couple. But your leaf on the laundry lines is absolutely fantastic, Fi.

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    November 27, 2011 at 13:28

  32. sandy

    Lovely! Most of our color is gone around the yard, but I know that after hunting season, I can go into the woods and hear the beech trees sing.

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    November 27, 2011 at 15:35

  33. Love your blog your photos are gorgeous.

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    November 27, 2011 at 16:05

  34. Very beautiful.. isn’t it amazing how a lone leaf attracts the eye to otherwise mundane places.. turning them into beautiful eye-candy. This is a great shot.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I will indeed include that post as a POTW on Wednesday as your recommendation.

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    November 27, 2011 at 16:37

  35. Beautiful Pictures these are. I am inspired. 🙂

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    November 27, 2011 at 16:58

  36. Very nice, beautiful capture!

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    November 27, 2011 at 17:12

  37. Great contrast between the subtle changes of colour in the leaf and the vibrant blue of the cords1

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    November 27, 2011 at 18:39

  38. The leaf color and the line color are in beautiful contrast of colors!

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    November 27, 2011 at 19:06

  39. Beauty of the fallen leaf captured so well…

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    November 27, 2011 at 19:42

  40. Ah yes…birthdays..on my last one at age 55 I became eligible for some senior discounts which was kind of strange…..I love the fall leaves…

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    November 27, 2011 at 19:43

  41. I love the colors of the clothes lines against the bright orange leaf…well done!!!
    (I have a birthday coming up too…when’s yours?)

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    November 27, 2011 at 21:06

    • December 1st. And you?

      Sent from my iPhone

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      November 27, 2011 at 21:15

  42. I like the brightness brought into the picture 🙂 Very poetic

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    November 27, 2011 at 21:25

  43. A bit of autumn is hanging on here too. It has been an odd year…but I’m not complaining.

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    November 27, 2011 at 22:23

  44. I haven’t seen much gold en leaves this year, I fortunately was on holidays where are palm trees ! I don’t like autumn.

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    November 27, 2011 at 22:45

  45. Blue is my favorite color and your photo is the perfect example why.
    Gorgeous.
    xo jj

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    November 28, 2011 at 01:15

  46. The autumn tones contrast nicely against your blue clothes lines.

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    November 28, 2011 at 02:54

  47. Jim

    Fall gets us ready I feel for the neutral winter…..one last burst of colour!

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    November 28, 2011 at 03:06

  48. a brilliant photo! and age is just a number, no fretting allowed! happy week to you Fiona.

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    November 28, 2011 at 04:00

  49. Yummy colors! And I do have to say…that age is just a number.

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    November 28, 2011 at 06:22

  50. Simple yet elegant shot LadyFi. We were enjoying the unseasonable 60 degrees warm today.

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    November 28, 2011 at 07:03

  51. Amy

    Lovely saying and lovely photo 🙂

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    November 28, 2011 at 09:33

  52. I agree Fi, autumn is certainly a beautifl season – Dave

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    November 28, 2011 at 09:42

  53. Beautiful autum leaf! the poem is very nice too.

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    November 28, 2011 at 12:24

  54. Beautifully poetic, in image and words…
    Here autumn is about to depart and after this weekends storm, all the foliage has vanished.;)
    xoxo

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    November 28, 2011 at 12:28

  55. When is your birthday? We shall celebrate with pie!

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    November 28, 2011 at 13:50

    • On 1 Dec! Any excuse for pie!

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      November 28, 2011 at 13:59

  56. As I walk through the streets of Seattle, I am SOOO tempted to just stop and gather all the different colors and shapes of leaves! I LOVE this time of year!

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    November 28, 2011 at 14:26

  57. Sarah

    Now I can see red maple leaves around here but I can also see new buds in cherry trees. And my birthday visits me faster, too.
    Have a great week!

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    November 28, 2011 at 15:06

  58. Ahhh Autumn…just wonderful.isn’t it?
    BTW That photograph is just simply wonderful.Great work I must say.

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    November 29, 2011 at 10:29

  59. amazing composition!!

    well done:)

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    November 29, 2011 at 19:21

  60. I am in love with that quote!

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    November 29, 2011 at 23:40

  61. Love the quote from John Burroughs and your own thought-provoking twist at the end.
    Ultimately, it is those who are beautiful on the inside who glow with beauty in their older years.

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    November 30, 2011 at 04:35

  62. Oh, to learn from the leaves! Gorgeous post.

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    December 1, 2011 at 03:17

  63. Amazing capture…beautifully composed…

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    December 4, 2011 at 16:18

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