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November 14th, 2010

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Sunday, November 14th, 2010 07:32 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

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Old tree seen through old glass of new window*; image dates to last weekend so in net time it too could be considered old, or at least outdated: by today most of its leaves were already down. 

* which a close look at this image shows could benefit from some cleaning. 

15_the_circle: (maneki neko)
Sunday, November 14th, 2010 07:43 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

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Acer palmatus

In addition to the play of light and shadow, the leaves in this image are suggestive of traditional Japanese koinobori fish kites trailing the breeze.  This image was taken on Thursday, about a half year too late for Tango no Sekku Boys' Day but it can't be helped: these trees run on their own cycle. 

15_the_circle: (cottage autumnal)
Sunday, November 14th, 2010 08:25 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

November in the Grove is our time for the annual leaf crop harvest, or it would be if it had any market value.  Failing that the next best thing is to pile them along the walkways and paved roads from which they are collected by impressively massive and noisy machinery and hauled off to become compost.  The nearby Asbury community used to accrete truly massive leaf piles but some sort of development has been underway over there and that part of their facility has been a construction site for rather a while now so our excess biomass has since been diverted to places unknown. 

As the leaves turn and fall into the ever-shortening days one has to choose carefully: any time spent moving leaves is subtracted from that available for walking around to appreciate and perhaps record the show, and vice versa

The images below represent Saturday's trade-off in this regard:
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Step out the back door and the low hanging leaves of the dogwoods are right there, catching the afternoon light. 

Cornus florida

Meanwhile out in the circle the Japanese Maples are at it again, leaves glowing like bright jewels:

Acer palmatum

Down at the other end of the Grove the stately sycamore is using the same light into a different, but equally compelling way against a wonderfully blue sky ...

Platanus occidentalis

... and nearby these stellate leaves are not to be overlooked. 

Around the corner and a ways down Brown Street the light is helping along this found composition.  There's a lot going on here: paint on paint on cement; shadows on brick and mortar; bits of detail that at first seemed extraneous but on taking another look seemed to belong. 

Heading back along Oak Street, looking up into the sugar maples the effect was once again completely overpowering. 


Coming back to the Circle one returns just as the light is starting to run out. a/k/a ::1

That was yesterday.  This afternoon's images are still in the camera.  With any luck they will appear in this space in another day or so. 

15_the_circle: (cottage autumnal)
Sunday, November 14th, 2010 10:01 pm

[OT from cottage renovations]

Not quite finished with yesterday, here's one that I didn't mean to leave behind. 

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Ginkgo biloba

The leaves of this ginkgo are mostly turned and, for that matter, mostly fallen.  This one is losing colour but has acquired a couple of strands of spiderweb while in the near distance some others are taking on a ghostly appearance in the last of the day's light.