Archive for September, 2010


#273 les feuilles mortes

273/365 les feuilles mortes, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

The beautiful evening sun tempted me out for a walk along the river, and in our old cemetery.

I find cemeteries strangely calming places. Like autumn, a cemetery can be considered a metaphor for farewells, endings and memories. It’s also good-bye to September today. Only fallen leaves ‘sit’ on outside benches these cool autumn days.

Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle
Tu vois je n’ai pas oublié
Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle
Les souvenirs et les regrets aussi…


#272 another ouch!

272/365 another ouch!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This was today’s Daily Shoot assignment:

Create a photo that illustrates the word “ouch” with your own personal interpretation. (@muffett68)

Exam week has started again. I’m drowning in papers. Absolutely no imagination left for photos! Ouch, indeed!

C’est la vie…


#271 my daily nightmare

271/365 my daily nightmare, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

It was the Daily Shoot that made me take pictures of plugs today:

Power plugs are ubiquitous. Can you make a creative photo of such a common thing? Try it today!

This photo is hardly creative, but the assignment reminded me of a constant irritation I have with plugs and wiring at school. This is the drawer of one of the language classrooms where I teach, as do many other teachers (we don’t have our own classrooms). ICT people have done the wiring, and I don’t mind for as long as it works. But it’s not seldom that there is a problem, and trying to make sense of this wire spaghetti, all over the corner, is quite a nightmare!

I think I have put up with it long enough – first thing tomorrow morning, I will take charge of sorting out this mess.


#270 evening light

270/365 evening light, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

It was another beautifully sunny and crisp autumn day. The lighting got warmer and warmer towards the evening, giving this red apple a lovely glow.


#269 seen along a cycling tour

269/365 seen along a cycling tour, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Gorgeous, warm, sunny Sunday to go cycling with hubby. We noticed in the local paper that there was an autumn market in a nearby village, so we headed there. Lots of beautiful views all along the route, and looking for fences and walls for the Daily Shoot at the same time.

Fences and walls can divide or demarcate. Make a creative photo of a fence or wall today (@muffett68)

Saw this wall of a rubbish collection point, which wasn’t much as a picture in itself, other than what was leaning against it. I seem to have a thing about bikes, especially as interesting installation pieces. This rather worn pink bike was resting against this wall, as a stand to put flower baskets on. As I have remarked on before, it has given a new life to an otherwise useless piece of metal. I wish I had seen it in summer as now, obviously, the flowers are well past their prime. It still looked rather cute all the same!

I realize that I now have a set of bikes in three different seasons, so – note to self – find a spring one next year, to complete the set!

summer bike
winter bike

And for anyone who’s interested, here is my set from the village autumn market.


#268 towards the sun

268/365 towards the sun, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

So much joy and enjoyment out of my sunflowers! Their gorgeous bright yellow colour gives an instant energy boost. They keep turning their backs towards us, though, seeking the last precious rays of the autumn sun through the window.

I am doing the same – stocking up on the vital energy and vitamins from the sun.


#267 colourful lane home

267/365 colourful lane home, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

What joy to cycle down the lane, in the middle of all this beautiful splash of colour. I often get off my bike for a while, just to relish the richness of autumn foliage. It’s a scene that changes almost daily, which is probably why most of my daily pictures this month have had this same theme. What with work keeping me busy after summer, and lots of routine obligations, nature has provided the main respite for all my senses.

I am lucky to live in a place with four different seasons even if some of them are very brief.


#266 autumnal equinox

266/365 autumnal equinox, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Day and night are the same length again today. In the eternal cycle of seasons, we are on our way towards dark days here in the northern hemisphere.

Plants also seem to be half way there in their preparation for winter hibernation. I got stuck with autumn leaves again, looking for symmetry for the Daily Shoot.

Symmetry can be calm and soothing. Make a photo today featuring symmetry, either in subject or composition. (@logista)

A maple leaf is naturally symmetrical in shape, and in the vein structure. However, the symmetry of this perishing leaf is far from perfect. Something has nibbled away at the edges, and the changes in the colouring are not even either. While the right side veins are obviously blocked and have turned red, there is still some vital chlorophyll flowing through the veins of the left side.

I’m wondering whether 100 %, perfect symmetry can only be man-made while nature always produces little flaws? Compared to flawless symmetry, I think these natural imperfections add some raw energy and life.


#265 sunflower fields forever

265/365 sunflower fields forever, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A colleague tipped me on this field, not far from our school, where the local town council has planted thousands of sunflowers for residents to enjoy, and pick at will – obviously, not for resale. What a neat idea!

I made use of a few spare hours in the middle of the school day, to feast my eyes on my favourite blooms, and to pick a bunch for home. Made my day! A few red ‘mutants’ stood out amidst the yellow.


#264 ladies’ night out

264/365 ladies’ night out, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

With pouring rain and autumn darkness outside, it felt especially warm and cosy to be inside this place, chatting and laughing. Batteries were recharged again for the rest of the working week.

This riverside bar has become one of my regular joints recently. I really enjoy the ambiance there, and they seem to pay attention to little details, such as the local, seasonal apples at the counter at the moment.


September 2010

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