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.





November 13th – A Different Freebie

13 11 2008

I’ve spent a fair bit of time working up this map – the download file is a layered tif file with transparent background. Each province is on a separate layer for easier use, and each text name is on a different layer. The text is basic arial font, making compatibility with other systems more likely. This file may be used for educational, editorial or non-profit projects only. The download file is 4000 pixels X 3000 pixels.

CanadaMap2

The next is a much smaller image, more suitable to web use and is more illustration than photo. The download  size is 900 X 540 pixels.

DiningCarsSmall

The balance for today:

Christmas Story – download size 2000 X 1490 pixels

JGS_ChristmasStorySmall

Winter Snowstorm – download size 1300 X 1100 pixels

JGS_WinterSnowstormSmall

Wrong Bus – download size 1200 X 900

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October 24th – Free Image Downloads

24 10 2008

Halloween is on it’s way…not far off now. Here’s a fun graphic you can use to greet visitors to your blog, or reduce in size and use as a temporary avatar.

Happy Hallowe'en

Happy Hallowe

A bit of spooky fun for your blogs or avatar use.

Here is a blank of the moon by itself to use in creating your own Hallowe’en graphic.

Orange Moon Blank

Orange Moon Blank

Use this as the background for your own Hallowe’en avatar, or as part of another image.

Canadian Maple Leaf Flag

Canadian Maple Leaf Flag

A canadian flag graphic with a twist – the red maple leaf in the center is composed of a lot of small red maple leaves.

Art Prints

Art Prints

Photo of two black and white art prints on white background. These are my own prints, so there is no copyright infringement in my have photographed the artwork.

Please remember, however, to check the terms of use so you don’t inadvertently infringe on my copyright.

Mixed Grapes, Underlit

Mixed Grapes, Underlit

A glass bowl of red, deep blue and green grapes. The bowl was placed on a light box to light it from below.

Red Berries, Blue Sky

Red Berries, Blue Sky

Red berries on tree branches against a very blue sky.

Grasses and Reeds

Grasses and Reeds

White pampass grass against a backdrop of green water reeds.





At Long Last – New Images

22 10 2008

Sorry for the long delay folks – a lot of water under the bridge in the past few months. Family issues caused a hiaitus in my uploading, but here for the die-hards are some new images.

Please remember to follow the licensing terms (which I believe are very liberal). If you find you require something for a use not listed, or you are uncertain of a use, please feel free to contact me.

Gull In Flapping Flight

Gull In Flapping Flight

Seagull in Flight

Perfect Form

Perfect Form

Seagull in flight against a light blue sky.

Autumn Leaves, North

Autumn Leaves, North

Autumn leaves against a backdrop of water at Wilson’s Falls (Bracebridge).

Its a Horse Of Course

Its a Horse of Course

Closeup of a horse’s eye.

Field Horse

Field Horse

Horse grazing in field at horse ranch.

The Great Canadian Moose

The Great Canadian Moose

Concrete moose statue with a Canadian maple leaf on it’s side, in black and white.

Jack Russell Terriers

Jack Russell Terriers

Two Jack Russell terriers in winter coats.

Note: to download the large size image click on the image, then (for PC users) right click and then select “save as”. I’m not sure how to direct mac users, but if you need an image and can’t download it from here, contact me and I’ll be happy to send it by email.