November Monochrome Musings

November Monochrome Musings

 

There is wind where the rose was,

Cold rain where sweet grass was, …

-Walter de la Mare

 

Now that several consecutive weekend storms have passed, is November anyone’s favourite month?

Hardly!  What is there to rave about a month that progressively fades into diminishing light and heat? In most people’s mind, the bridge between fall and winter has us mentally hunkered down in the dark, huddling the furnace with wool socks pulled up to our knees. Folks on the Canadian prairies are content with mere wind and rain but when the white stuff hits the doorstep a touque tops off winter styling in these parts. However, the “in between season” that early winter offers is an important time to pause, reflect and reconnect with nature, ideally, meditatively in a serene and untroubled setting.  Often folks abandon these special places over the short days and long nights stretch, thinking that they serve best at the height of summer, ruminating over picnics in daylight that lingers late in the evening, sprinkled with children’s laughter after a park stroll, lolling in heat that does not fade into gradual darkness after 2 PM.

 

The leaves that haven’t been blown to other prairie provinces have gone monochrome and crunchy, the only sound other than the blustering breeze. No; it is not summer any more but a late fall or winter walk refreshes, invigorates and renews, allows ponder and contemplation. Autumn is but a sweet memory; the malingering, sweet one this fall almost vanquished southern Alberta’s late spring turmoil. We cling to the fading light as the stingy sun holds back more and the days fold into winter, and thank Mother Nature for providing places of respite and reflection before the harrowing days of the pending festival descend upon us.

For more on the goodness of in-between seasons, see:

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/04/12/canadian-prairie-in-between-seasons/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/04/09/more-in-between-season-at-glenbow-ranch-provincial-park/

 

 

 

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©Heather Simonds Monochrome Sets A November Mood

 

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©Heather Simonds Monochrome Textured Grasslands

 

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©Heather Simonds Wildlife Pairing Up

 

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©Heather Simonds All Lined Up To Defend Against Winter

 

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©Heather Simonds Winter Creeps In Strange Ways

 

 

 

 

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