Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tones of fall

 I had forgotten how pretty these mid-November days could be
with its hues and tones of fall.


Many of the trees have lost their leaves by now
and all my backyard fur and feathered friends
have become easier to 
spot in the bare branches.



As you know, I usually like my photos bright and bold in color
but lately I've been experimenting with
a more muted look.



 Perhaps it reflects a bit of my own mood.



Quiet and subdued.



Storing up all my mojo 
for family next week as they arrive
for Thanksgiving.


So looking forward to it!



Of course, by then, I'll have lots of mojo
stored up



and will be as sharp and alert as a hawk.
A must when there are grandkids involved!
: : :

Now, on another matter.  
I have been waiting for the release of Alice Munro's (my favorite author) 
latest short stories, "Dear Life".  
And it has finally arrived!


If you haven't heard of Munro, she is considered one of the world's greatest living short story writers. Don't expect clear and happy endings from Munro.  Her stories as well as her characters are complex and ambiguous, just as life is.  As someone stated in reviewing her work, "Munro starts from the premise that the human condition is mysterious, actions often inexplicable and motivations frequently left unexamined."

Oh, how I will linger over her stories!  Just the thing I need in my quiet and subdued mood!

Later my friends,


50 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

adorable finches and doves. and varmints are too cute, too.

Sylvia K said...

Love your wonderful little critters and a lovely, bright spot for me on what has been a junky day!!But then those happen to all of us!! Hope your week has been better -- at least so far!!

Country Girl said...

Love love love the muted tones of these photos, Reena. They are wonderful. Also crushing on your groovy little borders going on here too.
This sounds like a book I would totally enjoy. And your house is the perfect Thanksgiving house. Oh, what fun the near future holds in store for you. Loved this post ~

Kathryn said...

Great images, love the hawk and chipmunk shots. Enjoy your book and seeing family over Thanksgiving.

Dina said...

Love the muted tones. Beautiful! Great variety of animals. I always love seeing chipmunks.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely images! The birds and the chipper are cute. The hawk is a cool visitor. The book sounds interesting, I will check it out. Have a great evening.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Such a regal photo of the hawk!!

Can it really be Thanksgiving already next week?? How did that happen?

Kathy said...

I too generally like bold and bright but the soft and subdued looks good on you! I especially liked the two little doves. I think mama was giving some great advice to junior on how he should behave.

Happy Thanksgiving with all the grand ones!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We have had purple finches show up in our feeders this week here in FL. We always get migratory birds this month! Lovely photos my friend!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I love the new look of your muted photos. The shot of the hawk is amazing! I'm looking forward to the leaves dropping off around here. The birds are too well-camoflauged for me to get any good shots. Hmph!

Out on the prairie said...

You have a lot of visitors, which often brings in the hawk.Nice shot of it, a hard one to get.

Brian Miller said...

wow that hawk is so majestic....he almost steals the show....but i love the squirrel and the munk....haha...they are so fun...smiles.

grammie g said...

Hi Reena ..Love you fall hues and tones!!
That hawk is a stunner, but all cute backyard friends!!
Happy preparations, and reading!!
Grace

gina said...

I adore Alice Munro, and your photos too! You really capture the beauty of the birds. Your fall tones are just perfect!

Evelyn S. said...

Whether your photos colors are bold and vibrant or muted and subdued, they are wonderful, Reena! I have similar birds at my feeders: goldfinches, house finches and doves (Asian Collared ones have driven the mourning doves away). But the location of my feeders prevents good photo opportunities. These are wonderful. (I know OF Alice Munro, but I haven't read her.)

rainfield61 said...

I have a strong feeling about the pair of pigeons.

So nicely taken.

Dianne said...

Beautiful soft hues for mellow Autumn days ... love these pics Reena.

ladyfi said...

Beautiful subdued tones.

Sandra said...

the tones are mellow and oh so beautiful, the doves are my favorite, the hawk is incredible.

Suldog said...

You get hawks to land in your backyard? Way cool!

One of the things I love about fall is what you touched upon, that birds and such are easier to spot in the yard. It especially makes a colorful bird, such as a cardinal, stand out.

Dianne said...

your birds in subdued tones are beautiful!!

Daryl said...

like the new subdued effect .. and that hawk .. oh my ... not a fan of short stories, i always feel cheated, i want more not less ... but i know you will enjoy the book

islandwonder said...

Beautiful pictures. I find muted hard to do but yours are gorgeous.

Mark said...

All are great, but that hawk shot, amazing.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

We've had a grey day or two lately, eh? I've grown to really love the flowers as they disintegrated for the Winter - complex patterns make for fun images.


Check out my post tomorrow for some nice color!

jennyfreckles said...

Superb photos... you should have heard me 'oohing and aahing' as I scrolled down! I especially like those two little doves.

Michaele said...

The tone of the photos is quite and subdued to match. The book and author sound interesting. I will look for it.

Evelyn said...

All really beautiful images with lovely soft tones!

S. Etole said...

Really like your new look. The hawk is incredible.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love the soft colors == and the birds definitely pop out this time of year.

Dang, I saw that book at the library yesterday and didn't pick it up.

bailey-road.com said...

I do love the subdued colors in these photos.

Hilary said...

Lovely photos.. such beautiful birds but that hawk steals my heart. It's perfect.

GailO said...

I love these new muted tones Reena! You are such a great bird photographer!

I love Alice Munro's stories....it is always a treat when her name shows up in the New Yorkers I read:)

Rohrerbot said...

Beautiful as always. I like the muted phase you are going through. Something very gentle and relaxing about them:)

Betty Manousos said...

what a treat today, reena!

oh, love those beautiful birds and critters.
great captures and i love the pastel tones.

well done you!:)

xx

Kerri said...

Oh wow ... muted, subdued, whatever you call it - I just call it PURELY AWESOME! These are FAB!
(and you know the birdies steal my heart)

Linda R said...

Once again your photos have me smiling my friend. I hope you enjoy your quiet time and I hope you have a happy weekend.

Hugs

bon bon said...

lovely fall portraits of little friends. bright colors not required. :)

CherryPie said...

I love your pastel shades and how they contrast with your more usual vibrant shades. Enjoy your reflective mood and the celebrations when they arrive :-)

Madge Bloom said...

Love those muted colors...

Ivanhoe said...

I had been rather grey lately myslef. But these are so beautiful, Reena!
Hugs from Ohio,
I.

Catherine said...

I am loving your November colors as well as your November critters! Oh so sweet!
xo Catherine

Daniel LaFrance said...

Ahhh your just do'in the chipmonk dance storing it up for you need it most.

Smart... and nice!

Ross said...

These are some fantastic shots! I wish we could still see the ground however we are covered in the white stuff. Love the shot of the hawk!

Vagabonde said...

That last picture of the hawk near the water is so good. There is an hawk often in our back yard but I have never been able to get a picture of it.

Lisa Gordon said...

Your photographs are beautiful, Reena.
Enjoy your book!

Patricia said...

The first photo is just beautiful as are they all, but the first one is extra fabulous. Take care and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Jennifer Richardson said...

I love the way
the wildlife
is more see-able now:)
And they seem to creep closer
as if they know we are warm
and will toss them goodies
if they come near.
Your photos are stunning.
thanks for sharing,
Jennifer

Barbara Shallue said...

I discovered Munro in a short story class I took a few years ago. I love her work but admit I haven't kept up with her. Thanks for letting us know about the book. Gorgeous photos!

Margaret said...

These are splendid!