14.10.11

Hedgerows of silver and white as everything, including me goes to seed....

























































Strange days. Everything is changing. The hedgerows, only a few weeks ago full of inspiration and activity, are quieter. Some days I think nature will have little to offer an enthusiastic blogger with a camera, but luckily, so far, each time I find some treasure. Sadly today I came across a beautiful hare, now road kill, but completely perfect in every way. The lanes are sparse and brown, and the challenge of continuing the walks is greater.

My attention may well turn to more inward and interior observations. Like the one that the shortening days bring some gloominess to the view, like the one that many of us are struggling to find hope or to understand why, or like the one that the seasons are a powerful force that influence all of our moods and thoughts.

Next week I am hitting the big city of London! The balmy weather and the bright lights will probably turn all this "going to seed" talk upside down. I will miss the quiet silver hues and the golden western skies over the Comeragh Mountains each evening, but I won't miss the grey mist coming in from the Atlantic or the brown stalks, all that remains of the wildflowers that I love.

Packed noisy cafes with the strong smell of baking and coffee here I come! Art galleries, book shops and vintage markets are where you will find me but I will also sit on a bench and observe the wildlife of London in a small square in the sunshine......




19 comments:

  1. Beautiful silvery pictures. And yes, I find that the shortening days make me increasingly gloomy, but I seek out bright moments — such as sunrises, sunsets, birds on the feeders, anything to do with life — to keep me sane!

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  2. Your photos are always breathtaking - and I can see your grass. As for going to seed, therein lies the hope for the future - the seed must 'die' and fall to the ground so life can spring forth.

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  3. You have inspired me to go out and find some 'silver' lovely shots - winter is a drag but it makes you appreciate the spring even more. Have a lovely time in London.

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  4. I not only love the colours but also the remaining 'spent' structures of plants and seedheads in the autumn, it can add a whole new dimension to both garden and countryside. I love your photos which capture this 'change' beautifully.

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  5. what a golden, silvershots. Not only the flowers are beautiful but I am also amazed by the seeds later in the saisons.
    Lovely photo's
    I wish you a great weekend
    Marijke

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  6. beautiful!

    the third photo - such silvery soft leaves - stole my heart away.

    your london trip sounds fantastic...enjoy!

    xo

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  7. I really enjoyed walking through your 'white' garden...just lovely. I, too, find myself at this time of year--especially winter--going inward and contemplating more than I usually do. I think that is one of the many blessings of the seasons. And as much as I love being in nature...the serenity, the quiet, the calm...there is a vibrancy about the city...I can relate. Have a good trip!

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  8. I wish I knew how to take photographs like those! You are quite right to go to London. Two hundred years ago, no one spent the winter in the country unless they had to. If I were you, I would stay there until March!

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  9. Have a great time in London. I always love a little trip away but always so glad to return home again. Love that picture of the Birches...one of my favourite trees.

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  10. Beautiful pics. I've never been to London, but I hope I get the chance some day.

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  11. This is a difficult time of year, isn't it. I know you find the gloom just as difficult as I do, and venturing out with your camera is a great way to lift your spirits and an excellent exercise in finding the beaty in these increasingly dull days :)

    Your post evoked particularly powerful memories for me, about two years ago my grandfather had a stroke and though he survived his mobility is severely limited and his life has totally changed as a result. He used to take such pride in working hard on his vegetable garden, but the autumn after his stroke all his hard work went to seed as the plants and vegetables remained unharvested while everyone was concerned with his recovery. The veg garden is still there, but remains mostly unused and overgrown, and to me it's a symbol of this difficult change in his life, in all of our lives, and a lesson in how life moves swiftly onwards. I've written much about it in my own private poems, and I find it amazing how your photos and words stirred up all that feeling and memory, and not at all in a bad way, in a way that makes me glad that you notice the same things about life and find the same things and moments sacred :) Like I said to you before, there's much more magic in your writing and photography than you know, I love stopping by your blog for a visit x

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  12. Oh and I also meant to say have a great time in London! It's always a great city for a trip! If you bring your camera I look forward to seeing your shots :)

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  13. Lovely ethereal photographs, and thoughts. I like to visit cities, to partake of the coffee and the great food and watch the people for a while, then to go home to the blessed trees and quiet. Have fun!

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  14. Beautiful white hedgerows you have. It's fun to visit the city now and then for a change of pace. Enjoy London.

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  15. U Ciebie jest srebrna jesień - śliczna. Pozdrawiam

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  16. So much beauty in the grays of life!

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  17. Greetings my dear Irish friend,
    What a beautiful array of images. The white birches shot is just stunning. Keep in touch please.l

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  18. Lovely... great to do a set of 'quiet' white coloured plants ... v beautful...

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