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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Updates to Images

1 02 2010

I’ve spent the last part of last week and the weekend posting up some new photos to our new site (Free-3D-Textures)  I managed to get the people pages up, as well as the toys page.  There aren’t a lot of things yet on the toys page but since my husband is an avid toy collector (mostly hotwheels, corgi, buddyL, ertl and most types of collectible toys) there is no shortage of “boy toys” in this household. Since the largest number of them are currently in storage (awaiting the shelf-building project), it will take some time to get to them all, but I do have a small stock of images to process still, so there should soon be more on this page.

toys - collectible cars, beach pail, rubber duckies

Collectible Toys & Beach Toys

construction toys, teddy bears and rubber duckies

Collectible Construction Toys and Teddy Bears

Besides the toy page, most of the stock photo pages have been updated with some new photos – the food page has a couple of great shots of a birthday cake, a few more photos on the men’s people page including a fire chief. I didn’t keep track of all the updates, but I’m pretty sure we’re approaching the 500 image mark at this point. There’s also some nice winter images in the landscapes section.

some winter landscapes and sunsets

Winter Landscapes/Sunsets

For those of you who know how to make use of PNG files, there are a few new files in that section as well – a couple of empty shotgun shells, some furniture,  a savings bank in the shape of a rooster, silo, muffins, clock and a few other recent things that might be useful. And of course, I’m sure that most image users realize they can also resave png files as .jpg files, right?

Empty Shotgun Shells

Empty Shotgun Shells & a Corner Armoir

wall clock and rooster bank

Wall Clock & Rooster Bank

And, as is normal for our site, the textures are updated every week. This week, a few new red and black and blue and black ones in the abstract section, along with some new brick textures in the brick and tile section.

brick textures

Brick Textures

Oh, and for photoshop users, there’s a couple of new texture brushes in the Photoshop Brush Section. And yes…everything is still free!





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.





Friday May 02, 2008 – Free stock photos

2 05 2008

Air Canada plane in flight

Airplane bearing the AirCanada logo.

Baseball Diamond

An empty baseball diamond.

Daylilies in bloom.

Burgundy daylilies with yellow centers.

Gas station with pump.

Gas station showing gaspump and paybooth.

Bicycle rider in a pink dawn.

Bicycle rider at dawn.

Brick tower covered with ivy with spring garden in front.

Ivy Tower and spring garden.

A man riding a personal watercraft.

Personal watercraft.





More Free Stock Photography

14 04 2008

Please be sure to read the terms of use – this can be found in the sidebar on the right under “Info”.

The lakes edge.

The Forest Turtle

Duck on frosty boardwalk.

3D-rendered image, not a photograph

Large Bulldog Clips

That’s it for today. If you have a need for something in particular, please feel free to send me a request, via the comments function.





A Change in the Wind

13 04 2008

For the last little while I’ve been offering a few free images at flickr, but now I’m going to make these available through my wordpress blog. Stay tuned for some free stock photos – images you can use in your blogs, articles and art projects.

Images posted from this date (Sunday April 13, 2008 ) on will be listed as free. Images posted prior to this date are NOT free.

Images posted here for free use are NOT to be considered orphaned works under any circumstances, regardless of any passing of the draft bill in the USA.

FAQ

Q: Are they really free to use?

A: Yes, you may use these images freely in your blogs, magazine articles, educational or business presentations, school projects, websites, personal greeting cards, business cards, and in art projects.

Q: Why are they free?

A: For a couple of reasons – giving away free things is an accepted practice to advertise your work, and many bloggers and new start-up business have no budget for graphics. Free images can help everyone if they are used correctly. Secondly, every photographer has images that just don’t meet the size and/or quality requirements for selling – not if you want to keep your reputation for producing good work. Images I sell are a better quality at their largest sizes than those offered for free. Most of the time, free images are used on the web in blogs and articles, where smaller sizes of good quality images are all that is required.

Q: Are there any restrictions for the use of the pictures?

A: What you may not do is:

(a) redistribute these images on any other website (if your friends want to use them, simply direct them to this blog so they can select their own image);

(b) you may not claim these images as your own (all images ©J. Gracey Stinson);

(c) you may not sell these images on an “as is” basis. You may use them in art projects or compilations (deritives) that you intend to sell but the image used may not be considered the main element of the finished work. The work must substantially change the free image. Simply adding text to the image does not qualify, nor does adding a photoshop filter.

Q: What is required if I choose to use one of your free images?

A: Nothing much – you may not change the copyright information or IPTC data. If there is a place to do so and it will not impact on your final image, a link back to this blog or my website (Photography of Grace) would be appreciated. If placing a credit or link has a detrimental affect to your finished work, a small note in the information or description of the image would be fine. If a credit or link simply is not possible, just contact me and let me know. That’s all the requirements for photo use.

Q: What if I want to use one of these images as a business logo or website template for sale?

A: This would be considered a commercial use, and the images may be used if they fall under the requirements in (c) above. If they do not and you still wish to use them please contact me for commercial licensing, or visit one of my sales galleries to purchase licensed images.

If you are making a template for your own website, it does fall under section (c) above, if you run a website template business and want to use it as a salable template without making major changes to the image, it does not fall under (c).

Now that the legal stuff is out of the way, below are the first few available for free download. To download the largest offered size of the image, please click on the image shown below.