Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Autumn, reflected

Still grooving on autumn!
I noticed the pumpkin's reflection on the glass top patio side table.

Then spotted my own reflection in the doorway to the garage.

Surrounded by autumn I am!

As is Bernie. He is working hard as usual.
He got to be home this week; he kept in touch with his east coast office from his deck "corner" office.

We all seem to be heading in different directions yet still enjoying being outside.

Some end of season perennial planting was done this week.

I get such a kick out of how these two enjoy being together.

(Our other two cats are not quite as amicable.)

Autumn reflections!
Two winters ago I shot a photo of windows reflecting snow covered pine trees.
It looked like a wintry forest had moved inside.
Doesn't this window look like there is a tree inside looking out the window?

That got me looking for more autumn reflections.

Suddenly I was seeing autumn reflected on the kitchen table in the morning.
Reflection: another aspect of autumn I am going to watch for.

Zipping around the corner from our house, running errands, I see this scene.
The trees are having a good lively chat together around the telephone pole.
Trees just visit together.
They don't bother with cell phones or email.

The bright clear morning sunlight hits red leaves and lights them up to a deep rich pink.
I stop again to capture the glow.

At the grocery store there is a fence around the parking lot.
Autumn is turning an ordinary green creeping vine into some very wild modern art.

Tentacles stretch out, and pulse with color as they reach.

Each leaf is sun reddened; the shaded leaf parts stay yellow.
Love. This. Vine.

Remember a few posts ago where I said I am now seeing pink as also an autumnal color?
Uh huh.
Autumn colors too, actually.

The mysterious way that a vine or tree will go about changing color.
One branch is green, the one beside it yellow and red.
How come?

A rather artistic bit of graffiti...I hadn't noticed it before.
Won't the vine make a competing frame for it eventually? some kid using tissue paper to make a lei.
Using all the colors, got to use all the colors!

If this vine looked like this year around wouldn't everyone want one?
(I think it is Boston or Japanese ivy, not a true ivy however.)

A trip to the grocery store is a lot more fun when I can check out this thing changing colors daily.

Back to reflected autumn...
A golden forest has taken up residence behind this window.

The tree looks like it has moved inside, and is looking back outside at all its friends.
(Yeah, I am feeling whimsical.)

This is a window in the Log Haven restaurant up in Mill Creek.
It is the same window where I saw the snow covered pine trees reflected two years ago.

I was frustrated when I saw all mirrored glass high rises just off the freeway turned into yellow forest, and couldn't stop to get a photo.
Look closely at the bottom third of this building...see the reflections?
(I was at a stoplight when I took this photo. Think I might go back and park and take some more shots next week.)

Faint reflections in the front door.
The sheet of autumn leaves nearly blocks the view of the house three doors down from me.

I went back to the grocery store later when the parking lot was empty and got this shot of the entire Boston ivy covered wall.
Isn't it totally cool?
Looks like some kind of fire dragon in flight.
Or perhaps a phoenix arising from the fire?
Our weather has been absolutely perfect for the past week.
Cool mornings, and clear skies.
It gets up into the mid 60s, then sinks back to the 40s by evening.
Leaves dance in spirals as they fall, there is no wind to hasten their journey or to sweep them away from my view.
It doesn't get much better than this!


Vee said...

Now that is amazing! Love that you went back so the parking lot would be empty! Sweet of you really. It does look like a Phoenix.

That's either one special cat you have, one special grand or both. (I'm sure that I've told you about my grands' cat wandering casually through the living room when the eldest asked, "Now who's this?" Cracks me up every time I think of it, which is usually when I'm here seeing how these two get on so well.)

Hope that you're feeling whimsical tomorrow, too.

Grandma G said...

Hi, Jill... How fun to receive all your comments tonight! Thank you! Since I have no other way to reach you, I'll leave a msg. here. I just want to reassure you that those "bees' wings" are not from actual bees. They are what farmers call the annoying chaff from corn cobs. (There's a link in that post referring to other more detailed posts I've done about them.) I tend to forget that not all my readers are farmers. ;)

I've been following your blog posts and enjoying all your wonderful fall color photos (just haven't taken the time to comment... sorry). I'm envious of all the colors! Your little grandson is as cute as any little guy can be, too! You are very blessed!

Keep on snapping those photos...... :)

ellen b. said...

Wonderful reflections Jill. You really are capturing Fall so beautifully in your corner of the world! Glorious!

Lovella ♥ said...

That boston ivy covered wall is so gorgeous. When I helped do a photo shoot for my niece and her family for their Christmas photo they chose a wall that is similar and I loved it.
So fun to see your guys in the yard enjoying the beauty of Autumn.
Your reflection photos are stunning.

Sara said...

Those colors are all such a treat. So brilliant!