Downy farewells

Feathered thistles…

Thistles 1

Like the soft stars of late summer

Downy stars

Take flight when autumn comes.

Farewell copy

I find a feather next to the thistles,

A keepsake from the geese

Honking in the distance.

Ready to say farewell and welcome in a new season.

Feather copy

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73 responses

  1. Isn’t it all wonderful, Fiona. great captures here. Have a week to remember!!

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    September 23, 2013 at 15:34

  2. We live close to a golf course that has a large pond that the geese love so we hear lots of honking as well. Such pretty soft photos you have today. The wispiness of them takes me back to childhood and remembering how much I love these.

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    September 23, 2013 at 15:35

  3. Wonderful!

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    September 23, 2013 at 15:48

  4. What lovely photos and lovely words. I am ready to welcome in a new season as well:)

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    September 23, 2013 at 15:50

  5. Don

    Beautiful images Fiona, especially the first one. Looks like a galaxy. Hard to believe that you are once again moving in to Autumn. Time flies. I can almost hear the honking of the geese – beautiful.

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    September 23, 2013 at 16:00

  6. You make everything beautiful with your photos and your words! ave a wonderful week!

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    September 23, 2013 at 16:02

  7. Beautiful photos!!!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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    September 23, 2013 at 16:14

  8. Your photos are like poetry!

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    September 23, 2013 at 16:39

  9. i looked at the first photo and said, ‘tiny little stars!’ then i read your narrative.:)

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    September 23, 2013 at 16:49

  10. Beautiful, beautiful captures!
    Thank you.

    Happy autumn to you and yours:)

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    September 23, 2013 at 16:53

  11. Wow these captures are really amazing and also loved the Lines you wrote..:)

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    September 23, 2013 at 17:00

  12. come on autumn….nice signs of its passing as well…guess some of those birds will be traveling very soon….the thistle is so beautiful

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    September 23, 2013 at 17:24

  13. Lovely shots! I really like the feather:)

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    September 23, 2013 at 18:05

  14. Great captures!

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    September 23, 2013 at 18:29

  15. Angels have been here!

    Aloha

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    September 23, 2013 at 18:51

  16. Oh how pretty!

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    September 23, 2013 at 19:17

  17. indrani

    Wow! Amazing details in the shots.

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    September 23, 2013 at 19:37

  18. Beautiful seeds taking flight..running away from winter:)

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    September 23, 2013 at 20:03

  19. Looking like Fall!!!

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    September 23, 2013 at 20:20

  20. Wonderful Close ups! Mycket snyggt!

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    September 23, 2013 at 20:31

  21. Oh Lady Fi!
    Your pictures are great.
    Beautiful, beautiful !!!!!
    Sincerely yours:)
    Lucia

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    September 23, 2013 at 20:54

  22. Goose feathers and thistle fluff–ahh! I love fall! :)

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    September 23, 2013 at 20:54

  23. such lovely macros!

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    September 23, 2013 at 21:24

  24. Those photos are wonderful!

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    September 23, 2013 at 22:28

  25. The beauty of nature perfectly captured …. lovely.

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    September 23, 2013 at 23:19

  26. So beautiful photos! Great!

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    September 23, 2013 at 23:22

  27. Love the beautiful minutae you have gifted us with today.

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    September 23, 2013 at 23:50

  28. How beautiful these are!

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    September 24, 2013 at 00:10

  29. Pat

    Beautiful captures of nature’s softer side!

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    September 24, 2013 at 01:29

  30. Fabulous goodbye to the end of a season! Love the light’s soft quality.

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    September 24, 2013 at 01:32

  31. Pretty stars! And lovely images! Have a happy week!

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    September 24, 2013 at 01:48

  32. So pretty! And I adore the delicacy of the first picture.

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    September 24, 2013 at 02:39

  33. Delicate lacy end-of-season pictures ….with the perfect words as always!!

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    September 24, 2013 at 02:53

  34. Your photos have such a magical, ethereal quality. Sorry if I’ve said that before, but it’s what I always think when I visit your blog.:)

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    September 24, 2013 at 02:59

  35. Rahul

    Nature knocking at the screen:)

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    September 24, 2013 at 05:57

  36. I can almost feel the softness of the feathers! Great visual expression.

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    September 24, 2013 at 06:07

  37. In quality detailed shots as these… I marvel at the structure and strength of these air worthy travellers.

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    September 24, 2013 at 06:09

  38. Lovely photos !
    Greetings from Asia !

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    September 24, 2013 at 07:42

  39. Beautiful details and very nice macro series

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    September 24, 2013 at 07:56

  40. You reminded me of my childhood. We used to chase it.

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    September 24, 2013 at 08:38

  41. Lovely pictures as ever. It’s all about seeds at this time of year:)

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    September 24, 2013 at 08:49

  42. Nice pictures. I was going to photograph a dandelion clock on our lawn this weekend – but my daughter picked and brought it in to show me!!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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    September 24, 2013 at 09:43

  43. Beautiful images and lovely verse

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    September 24, 2013 at 09:52

  44. Beautiful photos, and your words just sweep me in Fi, a really lovely post. Autumn is coming for sure…

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    September 24, 2013 at 10:59

  45. It’s always wonderful to visit and find examples of the beauty of small things – thank you!

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    September 24, 2013 at 12:16

  46. How time flies from snow to spring to fall again!

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    September 24, 2013 at 12:20

  47. Soft and gentle – beautifully caught too.

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    September 24, 2013 at 12:43

  48. Beautiful!

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    September 24, 2013 at 13:06

  49. Excellent compositions! I love those soft textures! precious seeds!

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    September 24, 2013 at 13:17

  50. you can feel the wind just looking at these great movement photos.

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    September 24, 2013 at 14:56

  51. The lighting in these photos are absolutely divine!

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    September 24, 2013 at 15:36

  52. Lovely shots. I think the wispy seeds heads are as beautiful as flowers..

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    September 24, 2013 at 16:09

  53. JM

    Wonderfully captured! The top image is my favourite.

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    September 24, 2013 at 16:14

  54. I like the comparison to stars

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    September 24, 2013 at 16:52

  55. Magnificent macro nature photography ~ nature is a delight as are your photos ~ carol ^_^

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    September 24, 2013 at 18:45

  56. Such amazing beauty in the small and simple things… and you have captured the details so stunningly!!

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    September 24, 2013 at 20:36

  57. They just look magical. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    September 24, 2013 at 23:04

  58. Al

    Lovely indeed – and a new season has certainly begun.

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    September 25, 2013 at 02:29

  59. Jeanie

    What a very pretty way to express the change of seasons.

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    September 25, 2013 at 02:45

  60. I don’t know why some say that thistles are weeds—I find them lovely as do I find your photos of them! I love the action shot of the seeds flying off in the wind! I made a wish😉

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    September 25, 2013 at 08:16

  61. Beautiful gossamer details!

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    September 25, 2013 at 12:02

  62. Marvelous photos of the changing time. Beautiful !

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    September 25, 2013 at 13:38

  63. Beautiful and delicate!

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    September 25, 2013 at 21:11

  64. Ash

    Gorgeous!

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    September 25, 2013 at 22:32


  65. Beauty is here in a few photos. I like those thistles when thew wind blows.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

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    September 25, 2013 at 23:40

  66. thanks so much for your comments on my blog, I really appreciated them. Yes we have the geese here also, we hear them
    in the pond nearby….I like how you find the simple things like a thistle and a feather to express the end of summer and the change of seasons! lovely

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    September 26, 2013 at 05:00

  67. So pretty!

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    September 26, 2013 at 13:01

  68. Beautiful images.you tell a marvelous story with your photos

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    September 26, 2013 at 19:47

  69. Pat

    Beautiful photos! The level of detail, especially in the first photo is AMAZING!

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    September 27, 2013 at 21:03

  70. Dreamy and downy!

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    September 29, 2013 at 03:45

  71. very nice photos stunning series

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    September 29, 2013 at 13:20

  72. Fragile, lovely, delicate, full of breath.

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    September 30, 2013 at 03:37

  73. oh, you render them so beautifully…:)

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    October 1, 2013 at 18:53

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