The grand finale

It takes but a short time to go from a blaze of colours

To the soft grey pastels of November.

But autumn knows how to make

A stunning grand finale —

Teaching us that finales

Are also glorious transformations.

(Picture taken a couple of weeks ago. It’s grey and bare here at the moment.)

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77 responses

  1. Pat

    Beautiful!

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    November 26, 2012 at 16:17

  2. Perfect depiction of autumn in this photo. Makes me wish I had taken a drive up to the lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway… Guess I was just lazy this year, but sure love your photo!

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    November 26, 2012 at 16:19

  3. Sylvia Kirkwood

    Gorgeous trees and colors and a glorious way to say goodbye to autumn as winter slips into our doorways. Terrific capture and breathtaking reflections!! And, yes, hello to gray!!

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    November 26, 2012 at 16:30

  4. Jim

    A standing ovation is in order! what a ‘performance’! Encore!

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    November 26, 2012 at 16:31

  5. STUNNING!!! Looks like a painting!!!

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    November 26, 2012 at 16:33

  6. Such a stunning display of colors!

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    November 26, 2012 at 16:41

  7. Gorgeous photo… You are right—that is an awesome ‘grand finale’ to Fall…. Wow!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    November 26, 2012 at 16:53

  8. Don

    Absolutely beautiful Fiona. There’s just nothing like Autumn colours.

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    November 26, 2012 at 16:56

  9. Bellissima foto🙂

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    November 26, 2012 at 17:21

  10. Wow! Looks great!

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    November 26, 2012 at 18:03

  11. so beautiful

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    November 26, 2012 at 18:32

  12. Utsøkt … nydelig høstmotiv. Gid det kunne vart litt lenger!

    Irene

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    November 26, 2012 at 18:34

  13. Yes, sadly it is over here too, although I try to squeeze the very last drop of colour out of the day.

    Gorgeous picture.

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    November 26, 2012 at 18:38

  14. Yes, our leaves are 90% down and I miss autumn already.

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    November 26, 2012 at 18:58

  15. So beautiful! We have splashes of color but lots of evergreens, so it’s never this astounding!

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    November 26, 2012 at 18:58

  16. The blaze of autumn colors is fantastic!

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    November 26, 2012 at 19:04

  17. Hello Lady Fi!
    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!

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    November 26, 2012 at 19:07

  18. What a gorgeous photo! I absolutely love autumn’s colors.

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    November 26, 2012 at 19:23

  19. beautiful photo ….

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    November 26, 2012 at 19:26

  20. Yes, beautiful composition, excellent light, I love the color of the trees and their reflections. Greetings.

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    November 26, 2012 at 19:29

  21. ah, yes it does….there is a beautiful brilliance before the dying….i love fall…smiles.

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    November 26, 2012 at 19:34

  22. The reflection on the water is so amazing! I love coming here. Your mastery of photography and minimal use of the perfect words remain with me for hours! So beautiful, Fi. Really!

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    November 26, 2012 at 19:42

  23. The reflections in the lake are gorgeous. You captured and shared a glorious finale for autumn color. Thank you.

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    November 26, 2012 at 19:57

  24. Yellow and green, it makes everything in the photo, cheers.

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    November 26, 2012 at 20:24

  25. The colors and reflection are stunning!

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    November 26, 2012 at 20:32

  26. Gorgeous color!!! I love the composition/reflection…beautiful!

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    November 26, 2012 at 21:16

  27. Amazing colors Lady Fi!
    Love it and I love the reflections in the water…
    Warm greetings, Anna

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    November 26, 2012 at 21:38

  28. Magical.

    Only God can paint that beautifully🙂 xx

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    November 26, 2012 at 21:44

  29. I love it! And I love your description of it being a grand finale. So true!

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    November 26, 2012 at 21:44

  30. Oh my….. yes, this is Grand Finale,- fantastic!!🙂

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    November 26, 2012 at 22:03

  31. Oh my goodness, this is breathtakingly beautiful.
    Such a perfect autumn photograph, and that reflection is amazing!
    Beautifully done.

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    November 26, 2012 at 22:25

  32. As usual, you have succeeded in capturing the beauty of your surroundings. Lovely LadyFi.

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    November 26, 2012 at 23:03

  33. it gave me chills. so lovely.

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    November 26, 2012 at 23:03

  34. Wow, gorgeous trees and Autumn colors! It is a grand finale!

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    November 26, 2012 at 23:54

  35. It is breath-taking and just amazing!

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    November 27, 2012 at 00:45

  36. Autumn is such a glorious… albeit fleeting season ….. Beautiful captures Fi.

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    November 27, 2012 at 00:57

  37. cosmos

    It sure deserved to be a grand finale! Here, grand finale is a bit later than yours and the closer it gets to it, the more beautiful. I love the way you say “teaching us finales are also glorious transformations”

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    November 27, 2012 at 01:09

  38. cloudia

    achingly beautiful! We are far from ready for YOUR finale~

    Aloha to YOU
    from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

    ~ >

    >

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    November 27, 2012 at 02:26

  39. Yes, they go bare so quickly! This was a beautiful shot. 🙂

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    November 27, 2012 at 03:01

  40. I hope the colors come back for you! The leaves are finally starting to fall here!

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    November 27, 2012 at 04:02

  41. Beautiful. Those reflections in the water are grand.

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    November 27, 2012 at 06:43

  42. Great photo and absolutely beautiful colors.

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    November 27, 2012 at 06:51

  43. Very beautiful capture!

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    November 27, 2012 at 08:38

  44. You are right. What a beautiful end to the season.

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    November 27, 2012 at 10:14

  45. nice to see the finale instead of the bare trunks.🙂

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    November 27, 2012 at 11:35

  46. Oh, indeed. only autumn can come, provide the wildest array of orange, reds and yellows ever and then leave a mute stone grey behind!🙂 I loved the post and the images. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    November 27, 2012 at 12:10

  47. Lovely, lovely scene!

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    November 27, 2012 at 12:14

  48. It’s a perfect reflection. How nice!

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    November 27, 2012 at 12:23

  49. stunningly beautiful.🙂

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    November 27, 2012 at 12:35

  50. This is a beautiful shot… reminds me of water-colour paintings my Grandmother used to do.

    Mollyxxx

    Ps.. I have tried to leave my link on the Our World blog but the linky tool does not seem to be working?

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    November 27, 2012 at 12:49

  51. We have had some great color this Autumn. The Oklahoma wind is doing what it can to lessen it day by day. We’ll be very grey here very soon.

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    November 27, 2012 at 13:36


  52. · It is a pity. Our wonderful autumn is leaving. Whileit is here, I can enjoy your delicious photos.

    · hugs

    ·CR· &·LMA·

    ·

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    November 27, 2012 at 15:06

  53. imac

    Wonderful colours and very warming.

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    November 27, 2012 at 15:07

  54. Beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    November 27, 2012 at 16:03

  55. Pat

    Beautiful! I love autumn season best, and find it passes too quickly. Your photos are exquisite!

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    November 27, 2012 at 17:22

  56. Brilliant!

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    November 27, 2012 at 19:38

  57. Spectacular… Just amazing, the lives of trees.

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    November 28, 2012 at 00:43

  58. Al

    Fantastic! It’s bare here too, and we had a couple of grey days recently.

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    November 28, 2012 at 01:27

  59. Love the fall colors, it is such a short miracle and then it is all grey and rain, well here it is now!! Love that reflection.

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    November 28, 2012 at 01:51

  60. Beautiful Fall colors you had! Good to hear you are grey like us..but we have some white with our grey now:)

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    November 28, 2012 at 03:54

  61. onceupona

    Fall is so magical in it’s way! Great picture! Cheers, Danette

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    November 28, 2012 at 04:06

  62. What a beautiful autumn scene, and the reflection is spectacular. Love the horse photo, too!

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    November 28, 2012 at 04:57

  63. Nice capture of the grandeur and natural beauty of passing autumn!

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    November 28, 2012 at 10:11

  64. Gorgeous! Love all of the colors and the reflection in the water!🙂

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    November 28, 2012 at 10:49

  65. This so fascinating with great conclusion of autumn gleam and reflections! Wonderful shot!

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    November 28, 2012 at 13:25

  66. You are always there capturing those stunning transformations, thank you LadyFi🙂

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    November 28, 2012 at 15:34

  67. JM

    What glorious colours and wonderful reflections!

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    November 28, 2012 at 17:30

  68. hipstaprem

    you live in a beautiful world! great fall colors…

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    November 28, 2012 at 18:10

  69. Stunningly beautiful image!

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    November 28, 2012 at 18:19

  70. It’s such a beautiful time of year, too bad it couldn’t last a little longer…

    Jen

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    November 28, 2012 at 20:35

  71. It doesn’t take long to go from that to nothing but thankfully your beautiful photography keeps it alive forever.

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    November 29, 2012 at 02:46

  72. ladyfi,
    Oooooh, stunning !! This is knockout!!
    keiko

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    November 29, 2012 at 04:01

  73. That’s a perfect ending to remember Fall with. Wow.

    And speaking of WOW– I love the horse picture. My family has horses and your captured “breathing” perfectly.

    xo jj

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    November 29, 2012 at 05:39

  74. WOW, breathtaking photo, stunning colors

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    November 29, 2012 at 16:45

  75. Going out in a blaze of glory!

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    December 2, 2012 at 10:40

  76. Have been savoring your wonderful photos coming into my IN box. This one is particularly pleasing, since I don’t see autumn colours here in the tropics. Maybe next year when I am in Moldova! (Leaving Manila for a white Xmas in Vienna soon.) Best of the festive season to you and yours, Fiona!

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    December 8, 2012 at 06:12

  77. I love autumn colours, especially in beautiful forests such as this one!

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    December 8, 2012 at 17:55

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