Sunday, October 14, 2012


Fall flowers, berries, seeds, and husks all point to the fading of the year from Summer into Winter. I gave my camera's macro setting a workout on today's walk. Ten shots passed quality control when I got home; I've posted four here and you can see them all in the Picasa web album. Included here are: a busy Bumblebee in some Bushy Aster; Spotted Knapweed husks; a Yellow Sow Thistle puffball; and some Multiflora Rose hips.

At this time of year I'm both happy and a tad bit melancholy. I have no idea why the melancholy; I love both Autumn and Winter, so maybe it's a fragment of the old "migrate or die" instinct still hanging out in my collective unconscious. In any case, I feed the happiness by going out in Nature and reveling in the changing season. And the melancholy always draws me to this song - Richard and Linda Thompson's "Dimming of the Day". Enjoy!

Photos © 2012 by A. Roy Hilbinger 


  1. ...these are all beautiful, Roy. There is always that hidden bit of melancholy tucked in all the beauty of autumn's colors. I feel it too sometimes.

  2. Hello, Roy. I found your blog from Time Goes By, and I am enjoying catching up on your posts. You've really captured the essence of the season in your beautiful photos.

    And I know what you mean about the melancholy of it all. It always reminds me of the Gerard Manly Hopkins poem, Spring and Fall: To a Young Child. I love autumn the best, though it breaks my heart every year.

  3. One of the most haunting, beautiful songs ever written. I remember seeing them in England in the 70s, their voices were perfect together (pause for another melancholic thought!)