This month’s theme was open to a variety of interpretations: could be something triggered by gravitational forces, perhaps a fall from grace or a decline in standing or ranking. The photos I selected fall within the more convenient and conventional definition for this time of year (i.e. fall = autumn).
Autumn in Alberta is generally short-lived, sometimes just a few days squeezed in between an extended gardening season and the start of ski season! When you’re still picking tomatoes and strawberries from your back yard and the flowers are all still blooming, you have to be fairly observant to notice the signs of fall. Here are some autumnal indicators that came to my attention in October.
Fall colour in Alberta is pretty much limited to shades of yellow and gold. I took some other photos that show a lot more yellow, still on the trees as well as fully blanketing the ground, but they seemed to lack the negative space needed to draw attention to the fallen leaves.
Do you remember racing leaf “boats” down a stream as a child? I still love to watch the way a current moves leaves, especially if there’s an eddy or whirlpool where they seem to go ’round and ’round forever. These leaves are clinging to the shoreline, so it was up to my imagination to picture a little wave action sweeping leaves off the surface of the water to their current resting place along the water’s edge. Earlier this month I posted this photo of the same area on flickr, if you’re interested in a more conventional view of poplars in autumn.
Intentional camera movement allowed me to create this more abstract version of fall in the Calgary area.
Friday, October 25th was International Artists’ Day, which was celebrated by the Calgary arts community. I know this because I saw a member of the arts community spray painting some signs along one of the sidewalks downtown (with city permission, of course). My preferred medium is photography, but I added another layer of creativity with this simple but (dare I say) cute leaf collage.
Finally, proof that Alberta’s fall is so short that we almost jump straight from summer to winter!
Thanks to P.J. over at a ‘lilhoohaa for hosting this monthly photo blogging challenge. Click here to see P.J.’s photos of “outside” and to access a list of other photo blogging posts for the eighth month of this challenge. Participation seems to be growing every month and I look forward to seeing how everyone photographed fall.