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.

Free Photographs – Oct. 27, 2008

27 10 2008
Marsh Ducks in June

Marsh Ducks in June

Ducks in a protected wetlands & wildlife sanctuary.

Strolling Duck

Strolling Duck

A female wood duck at the wildlife sanctuary.

Wings Over Babies

Wings Over Babies

A trumpeter swan with spread wings; it’s babies at it’s feet.

This next batch of images were taken in 2004 with a small camera. They will not be much good for large projects, but will be suitable for blogs, and web display. Most of them were taken in and around Georgia (USA).

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

A view of the clouds from a small private plane.

Above the Clouds 2

Above the Clouds 2

A rolling carpet of clouds, as seen from above.

Event Horizon

Event Horizon

A view of the horizon above the clouds.

Ladies Watch

Ladies Watch

A square-faced ladies watch with beaded bracelet band.

Shadowy Hallway

Shadowy Hallway

Hallway with window at the end; the evening light casting shadows.

Tree Hole

Tree Hole

A large hole in the trunk of a tree.

US Highway I90

US Highway I90

Along the US Highway I90

Warm Hotel Lobby

Warm Hotel Lobby

A warm and inviting seating area in a hotel lobby sporting plaid wingback chairs and a Queen Anne style console table.

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.

Monday May 26th – Free Images

26 05 2008

Unfortunately I’ve had a rather busy weekend, and the next couple of days is shaping up to be just as busy. That means I haven’t had much time to sort out and process the free images. For the first time in a long while we’ve had a sunny and seasonably warm weekend – which means all my work has been in the out of doors.

Check back in a few days and I’ll try to post up some more. Today is looking like a rainy, wet event, so….

Mother wood duck with babies on beach.

Mother Duck

Ferris wheel with red bucket seat.

The High Point

Free Images for Tuesday May 20th

20 05 2008

Don’t forget to have a look through some of the older posts, or browse the uploaded by files by thumbnail using the Pages feature (see sidebar, bottom links). Also remember to read the licensing terms, which are fairly liberal.

If you’re looking for a specific image and you don’t see one here, feel free to contact me by mail, or leave a message in the comments. If I’ve got one, I’ll post it up and send you a note.

A black leather sofa on transparent background.

Contemporary black leather sofa on a transparent background (this is a png file so it retains it’s transparency.

Vintage timepieces.

Watch and clock – vintage timepieces.

Heart design, illustration

An illustration – heart with squared background.

Trumpeter swan

Trumpeter swan on lake.

Trumpeter swan on lake.

Free Stock Photos – Saturday May 17th

17 05 2008

Small corner of beach (sand) with lake in the background.


Birdseed with scoop.


Envelopes with windows for CDs

CD Sleeves

Hand holding car keys.

Hand With Keys

Ducks on a stream through the marsh.

Marsh Ducks

Energy Saving Lightbulbs

Save Energy

Mostly Stock – Thursday May 16th

16 05 2008

Wow – got a little behind here with posting up some new stuff. Sorry folks. Here’s a few more than usual today – mostly “stock” type images for business and editorial use – one nature photo.

If you haven’t already, please be sure to read the licensing terms – found on the FAQ. For those who have already, please read them again as there have been a couple of changes in the last week – don’t worry, they are still free. The changes mostly relate to commercial usage (and that’s still free too).

A black calculator with large buttons on white.

A Calculating Mind – calculator with large buttons.

Magnifying Glass

Magnifying Glass

Vintage fountain pens - one gray, one red; both with gold caps.

Old Fountain Pens

Three hold paper punch

Three hole paper punch.

A single puzzle piece on white background.

Puzzle piece.

Song of Songs or Song of Solomon

Song of Songs or Song of Solomon.

Pieces of baking candy.

Sweet Bits

Old style flatware pieces on white background.

Vintage Silverware.

Old style flatware with amber handles.

Vintage silverware 2 – same cutlery as above.

Yellow pencil with sharpened lead point.

Yellow Pencil

Ducks and Geese

Ducks and Geese