A Little Fall Colour

10 10 2010

 

The rural colours of fall - autumn in the country, Thanksgiving weekend trees, Canada

Thanksgiving Weekend - Rural Colours

 

We’re moving into the cooler weather now…not cold, except overnight where it dips down to minus 1 celcius already, but we’ve had a pretty wet fall. Most of September was rather wet with much cooler temperatures than we generally see in September. It was a little disappointing, really…we look at September as the last blast of summer, but this year it felt much more like the omen of a bad winter to come than the end of summer. We saw temperatures dipping down to almost freezing even at the end of August during the night, making for an early show of autumn colour. Normally the leaves

 

Rural Autum - trees on a hill. Thanksgiving Weekend, Canada. Fall colours.

Thanksgiving Trees

 

don’t begin to show the change of season until sometime in late September/early October, but 2010 brought the colour change while we were still counting off the days of August.

I really love the autumn…it’s blaze of colour makes our country surroundings beautiful, especially during the early periods of fall when the grass and some of the trees are still the bright strident green you see after a rainfall. The heavy night dews give the autumn grass and lawn a deep green we don’t see at other times of the year. Spring grass has a light fresh green colour, and summer grass has a

 

Autumn at the wildlife reserve - marsh in fall colours against blue pond with ducks and geese.

Langman Sanctuary in Autumn - Orillia, Ont.

 

slightly dry and sometimes dull green from the hot days and little rain, but in fall it’s simply that colour we call green – grass green. The bright yellows, reds, oranges and sometimes brown or melon of the leaves contrasting with that lovely green is a jaw-dropping blast in our part of the world. I love it. Crisp days of sunshine, blue sky, and even bluer water.

During the summer the water tends to get a little greenish here – that’s a sign of all the activity on our lakes – boaters, swimmers and more boaters, but in the autumn the lakes change to a deep blue. Probably because the waters are cooling a little, and probably partly because the boaters are gone for the season and the algae that gets churned up in the summer settles back down to the bottom. The colours of autumn reflect of the blue of the

 

Thanksgiving weekend at Langman Wildlife Sanctuary - ducks and geese on an autumn pond.

Reflecting Colours at Langman Sanctuary

 

stiller waters like they were reflecting off a mirror –  peaceful and gorgeous.

In Canada, we’re celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday this weekend.  We sort of look at this as the last official long weekend for things like camping, and summer cottages. Our area has many cottages that are winterized, but those whose cottages aren’t, close them up over the Thanksgiving weekend and tuck them in for a long winter. Boaters winterize their boats and put them into storage, classic car enthusiasts tuck their beauties into garages to keep themout of the winter snows and life slows down again for a little while. Tourists are mostly gone and we have our town back, stores have Halloween decorations one one side of the aisle and Christmas on the other side, kids are back in school, and the holidays are finished. At least until Christmas. Monday is our Thanksgiving (Oct 10), and we’ve spent the weekend working in the gardens getting them ready to survive the long cold winter ahead; we also usually spend time driving about the rural roads trying to record the lovely autumn colors.

 

A farm cart full of pumpkins for sale with signs.

Pumpkins for Pie

 

Autumn is short here – at least most of the time. You never really know when the colours will be gone. You can get up one day and see a glorious countryside full of colours you can’t even describe, and get up the next morning to trees that have shed through the night. At this time of year all it takes is a rainy, windy night and it’s over. The colours of fall lay strewn across field and pavement and lake, like so many pieces of confetti.

As is always the case, I’m not looking forward to winter at all. I hate the cold. I hate being cold.

 

 

 

 

More Photos from the Weekend

 

Rural roadside, Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada

Colours of Fall - Rural Roadside

 

 

A local farm in Autumn - Orillia, Ontario (Can.) - fall, autum, barn

Local Farm in Autumn

 

 

A farm field and laneway with a tree line full of colour - Thanksgiving Weekend, Canada.

Rural Autumn Laneway & Fields

 

 

Workhorses in October Field

Workhorses in October Field

 

 

Geese in flight, backlit by the sun from above. Langman Sanctuary.

Geese in Flight - Langman Sanctuary

 

 

Trumpeter Swan at Langman Sanctuary - October

Trumpeter Swan at Langman Sanctuary - October

 

 

Thanksgiving weekend at Langman Sanctuary - Trumpeter Swan

Langman Sanctuary - Trumpeter Swan

 

Anybody looking for images specifically for Thanksgiving and Halloween can find some more over in the royalty free stock photo section (did I mention, they’re free to use) on Free-3D-Textures.com. Don’t forget to check the graphics and .png sections too – they each have a few related images.

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Long Past Due

24 03 2010

Chinese Style Victorian ChairI’m a little overdue for updating this site – sorry folks. Family issues keep intruding on my schedule. That happens when your family gets Dresser set in pinkolder. Currently trying to care for my last remaining aunt (whose in her 80s) who fell on Saturday night in her kitchen and couldn’t reach the phone. She lay there for 24 hours before we found her. We’re very grateful she was still alive, although she had a broken hip and has just come out of surgery safe and sound. Now the long road to recovery begins. Before she leaves the hospital (where I visit each day) I’ll have a little time, I think, but once she heads home I probably won’t be able to post anything new for a while. No internet access at her place, and the chances of me having to live there for a while could be pretty large.

When it comes to stuff like this, you just have to put family first – particularly since we are getting pretty short on older family members. Once she’s no longer with us, my generation will be the “oldies” of our family (shudder). I’m not sure I ever saw myself in that position before…

Anyway, in honor of my aunt, here are a few more photos from her place. There’s another chair – a chinese victorian chair in gold with an oriental patterned fabric in black – it sits rather prettily in her guest bedroom, as does the dresser set. It’s an english porcelain set with pink and raspberry designs. Also from the same room is this lamp which sits on the night table at the bedside. It’s a vintage lamp from the early 1950s in the shape of a victorian lady; here, the skirt and lampshade are made from the fabric of the bedspread and window coverings.Vintage Glass Lamp

From the top of the dresser comes this vintage glass lamp (1940s) with red glass shade a crystal drops. My grandmother got these lamps, one at a time, by collecting coupons from laundry detergent at some of the homes where she worked as a cleaner.  My grandmother raised her children mostly alone, and lost one at the age of 12. In a time when women with kids didn’t work outside the home she did many things to keep her family together – from cleaning homes of the wealthy, to taking in laundry, and sending her kids out to follow the coal truck to pick up any bits of coal that fell off so they could heat their home. Considering the age of these glass lamps, they must have been “prized” back then. Today, they are still in excellent condition with no chips or nicks in the glass, or crystals.

From her dining room, a chinoiserie-style pair of candlesticks – quite tall, but rather interesting with their gold, rose and pale blue designs.tall candlestick in pale blue, rose and gold

piggy banks with coinOther images uploaded in the last couple of weeks include some more landscapes, a couple of buildings, more piggy banks, a corded telephone, three vintage autos on white backgrounds, and other varieties of stock type images. And of course you can download whatever you like from any of the sections at Free-3D-Textures.com and use them on your blog or website, or most other purposes. Just read the (very liberal) use policy. Don’t forget to checkout the textures section, and the two new sections – one contains photo edges and photo frames, and the other has some free templates in .psd format for use in photoshop.

pretty easter egg with bowIn preparing for the upcoming Easter season, I’ve upload four easter eggs with designs – these are in black and white so you can colour them in photoshopcoloring page for kids with easter egg yourself, or print them off (they’ll print on an 8X10 sheet) for your kids to colour. And one completed graphic of a coloured easter egg with a nice big bow on top. If I have the time, I plan to upload coloured versions of the black and white eggs for use, and at least one bunny…but it will depend on how much time I’ve got before I get called to duty at my aunt’s place.

In the meantime, you are, of course, always welcome to trek through the site and grab what you need for your blogs.

Seed packet templateDOWNLOAD ALL THE FILES FROM THIS POST FROM FREE-3D-TEXTURES.COM





Anyone Using PNG Files?

26 02 2010

This week’s update is more about .png files than normal stock files, but anyone familiar with this file format will know that these can be used in place of a .jpg file. These files are saved with transparent backgrounds making it a lot easier to put it on any background you like.

There is a set of 4 images of a yellow teapot, with three taken from different angles and one without the lid.  I started doing the same item from different views a while back when I discovered some of my files being used in “hidden object” games. While I thought that was pretty cool, I quickly realized they use the same file throughout the entire game, making it easy to find in other rooms. That got me thinking that the same object from different viewpoints might be useful since they could still use the same terms “yellow teapot”, for instance, but make it a little harder to recognize immediately.

All the new files can be found on page 4 of the Free PNG Section over at Free-3D-Textures.com.

Selection of New PNG Files at Free-3D-Textures.com

Statue of a moose painted white with a red maple leaf.There is one lonely little image file that I added this week – an older one I ran across in one of my folders. Most Canadians are probably aware the the Moose is often considered to be one of the north’s popular animals – particularly during hunting season. Well, this poor old fellow is pretty safe from hunters – at least the kind with guns. This guy is perched at the edge of a lakeside property just at the water and he sports Canada’s colours – white with a red maple leaf.

Anyone interested in texture and background files can visit the Textures Section to have a look at the new releases this week.