The last of the Autumn leaves

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower – Albert Camus

I thought I would get a final few snaps of the pretty colours on the trees before the wind, rain and frost took their toll. The lovely yellows and oranges (which are masked by the green chlorophyll colour in the growing season) are now revealed as the chlorophyll breaks down. Some trees, like maples, make new pigments, giving rise to different shades of red and purple. 


10 thoughts on “The last of the Autumn leaves

  1. I love the ephemeral quality of your images, particularly the header image. And the shadow of one leaf cast upon another. Little pops of wonder. Do you spend long trying to get the perfect image?

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    1. Thanks Ali. Quite often I like to go against the grain and photograph into the sunlight. I think I had the perfect light and it was a bit windy, so it gave the images a blurred movement. The shadow of one leaf cast upon another was perhaps more luck than judgement.
      I did not use a tripod, these were hand held, just looking through the lens finding an interesting view. But until I ‘process’ them, I have no real idea what they will look like. My camera monitor is very small, so what I think looks like a perfect shot turns out to be the opposite. I take a lot of pictures but keep only a few. I don’t take too long, because I lose interest else!


  2. A couple of years ago I researched the widely circulated Camus “quotation.” I put the word in quotation marks (how ironic!) because that wording isn’t accurate. The original turns out to be from his 1944 play Le malentendu (The Misunderstanding), but the wording is slightly different from the widely quoted version. In the play, the character Martha asks “Qu’est-ce que l’automne?” (“What is autumn?”). The character Jan replies: “Un deuxième printemps, où toutes les feuilles sont comme des fleurs.” (“A second spring, when all the leaves are like flowers.”) The widely quoted version, then, drops the question; gloms the two sentences together; changes the plurals to singulars; and omits the word comme (like) and the comma before it, thereby turning the original simile into a metaphor.

    In any event, happy autumn leaves to you.

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    1. I came across it on Twitter and thought it expressed how I felt about Autumn. But I didn’t know that it was originally from two sentences. Another interesting bit of information. Thank you!


    2. Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for “quotations” on the Internet to be inaccurate. A statement may be incorrectly worded or may get attributed to the wrong person. Even when an Internet quotation is accurate and attributed to the right person, rarely are we told the source—the essay, poem, speech, book, interview, etc., that it’s from.

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