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Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal.

Autumn offers no crocuses or tiny redbud blooms on trees. I thought of library books and contracts, being signed up for a team.  Commitment.

Everything is preparing for dormancy, dropping beautiful  gold and orange leaves in gutters like crazy.  There is a sense of approaching winter, the urge to cocoon, make soup.  And then the temperature is in the 60s and predicted 70 for Sunday. One day you are making up your bed with flannel sheets, boiling water for tea, making chili or soup.  The next day you are ripping off your sweater and sporting a cotton T.  The fluctuations feel strange and off.

As I left school, this is what I saw…

The fresh pine cones dangling for the pine trees branches, bobbing in the wind and the late day sunlight shining right on them said renewal to me.

Everything has been focused on the vibrant palette of the deciduous trees but look at this magnificent coniferous tree!

27 responses

  1. If you bring them in cold they pop!!!

    November 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

  2. Very nice–love the pairing of photos with your words.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm

  3. It is Spring here at present and like your Autumn, it is cold and rainy one day then bright and sunny the next :-) Lovely photos.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    • Thanks for looking and writing a thoughtful comment today. I enjoy your blog too. Best Ruth in Pittsburgh

      November 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm

  4. Every season has its own charm and treasures, if we just look for them. :) Lovely photos, Ruth.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    • Thank you Ad.

      November 10, 2012 at 1:47 am

  5. lovely shots!

    November 9, 2012 at 9:11 pm

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  7. Nice series of photos..

    November 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm

  8. I always love pinecones. Excellent.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:25 pm

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  11. Amazing pictures! :-)

    November 10, 2012 at 1:07 am

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  13. Great light in the second photo!

    November 10, 2012 at 5:12 am

  14. Sue Reinfeld

    Trees are the perfect example of renewal. That is a beautiful picture Ruth E.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:17 am

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  17. Not as showy, but perfect in their own way. Great interpretation of this week’s challenge!

    November 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

  18. Veronica Roth

    Nicely done, all that renewing energy in the seeds. Bonus for some hungry autumn squirrel or bird too.

    November 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

  19. nice photos and words…I love pine cones and the many cycles they have

    November 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

  20. You’re so right, Ruth. The conifers and their cones get overlooked as everyone gazes at the colors of their deciduous cousins. Now that the leaves are just about gone, the conifers are coming into their own. Time marches on …

    November 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

  21. Perfect – I agree,it’s time for bundling up and comfort food! ;-)

    November 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm

  22. I love the choice here and that they are evergreens too… ;-)

    November 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    • Thanks for your good words today.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm

  23. The fluctuations do feel a bit crazy. Yet I’ll happily eek out every bit of warmth and sunshine I can get before the cold arrives – and stays.

    November 22, 2012 at 8:46 am

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