On and Over the Hills

"Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther." ~ Thomas Carlyle

Scenes from a Soft September in the Forest

A shaft of sunlight paints a path on an open hillside.

A red squirrel eyes the intruder who has interrupted her spruce cone gathering

Sunlight gilds poplar leaves above an old trail

Seed heads of grasses crown lush understory growth in a forest clearing

A spruce ‘leaner’ and brown ferns add their texture to the clearing

Frost bitten leaves of mountain ash saplings and labrador tea stand out above club mosses

Fronds of a young spruce tree accentuate the autumn colours of currant shrubs, fireweed and mountain ash

A squirrel stops for lunch to refuel for during a long work day of midden-filling

After hours of mate-searching, an exhausted dragonfly rests near a marsh


16 comments on “Scenes from a Soft September in the Forest

  1. Jim Rook
    October 14, 2012

    Hi Cindy,
    Really liked your “leaner” and the “unhappy squirrel” pictures. Color contrasts and draw of ones eye to the key subject were fantastic in both. Autumn is a wonderful time but September has to be the greatest month. You’ve captured the seasonal wonder of change in a series of soft and pleasing moments. Thank you for sharing your walk with us.

    • Bob Zeller
      October 14, 2012

      I love your beautiful photos, Cindy. 🙂

      • Cindy Kilpatrick
        October 15, 2012

        Thank you so much, Bob. The feeling is mutual.

    • Cindy Kilpatrick
      October 15, 2012

      Thank you, Jim, so much for your compliments. It has been an unusually long autumn here, since killing frosts generally come much sooner. It’s wonderful to see everything maturing slowly, fading or colouring up so beautifully.

  2. Red
    October 14, 2012

    You really catch the characteristics of the forest in the fall with these shots.

    • Cindy Kilpatrick
      October 15, 2012

      Thank you, Red. I love the forest in any season, but this fall has been special.

  3. readingwithrhythm
    October 14, 2012

    Labrador tea!! These pictures are really fantastic! I’m glad I discovered this other side of you. I could really imagine romping thru this forest — thru the grasses, after the squirrels, over the logs. I’ll bet it’s full of amazing scents! Whew! I enjoyed that walk! Did Katy go with you on this one?

    • Cindy Kilpatrick
      October 15, 2012

      So fun to see you here, Rhythm. You would enjoy it. There is so much to see and hear and smell. The collection here is from many walks, some that Katy joined me on and some I took during my lunch time from work when unfortunately, she cannot.

  4. Roxana
    October 15, 2012

    Such beautiful forest you have there and love the September weather! Cute squirrels too! 🙂

    • Cindy Kilpatrick
      October 15, 2012

      September was amazing this year, Roxana. One of the squirrels lives where I regularly walk during my lunch break and I really think he or she is beginning to get used to me, knows I’m not a threat, and that feels really good. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  5. pixilated2
    October 15, 2012

    The leaning tree, and squirrel interrupted are my favorites too! Does the labrador tea really grow as a parasol, or was it the camera angle? (assuming the composite leafed verge was the labrador tea). ~Lynda

    • Cindy Kilpatrick
      October 15, 2012

      The composite leaves are mountain ash saplings, the labrador tea surrounds them, The plants are sprinkled with yellow leaves. I always find it interesting how individual leaves labrador tea plants can be coloured from their deep leathery green through bright yellow and faded brown at this time of year, rather than the whole plant maturing in sync.Thanks for your great comment.

  6. From Moments to Memories
    October 17, 2012

    Beautiful photos!

  7. sybil
    November 20, 2012

    Lovely images Cindy.

    • Cindy Kilpatrick
      November 27, 2012

      Thank you, Sybil. I’m hoping for a dose of your Eastern Passage Passages very soon. I always enjoy vicariously exploring your piece of the world with you.

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