Day 334; Footnotes of a Hike, in Search of Color

 I had to remind myself that it is the end of November.


 Yesterday as I was leaving out, I noticed I had roses blooming. As I drove farther up the road I noticed that a neighbor’s Iris were blooming. Spring trying to slip in a quick shot?

Curious as to what sort of color I could find, I grabbed my cameras earlier today and headed out. I wasn’t going out just after stray flowers, but any remaining Autumn colors. I walked along my drive and shot a few leaf shots and then went after the flowers.

Once I had those, I was preparing to head for the woods when the flash alerted me that the batteries were low. A quick trip inside to discover I had exactly what I needed and no extra. Batteries swapped out I again headed for the woods.

A hike around the pond and across the field and I was headed deeper into the woods.

Off in the distance I could hear something moving about in the leaves. When the sounds never got stronger, I took it to be squirrel seeking out acorns for the winter stash. I never saw them though so it could very well have been a deer that saw me and froze. One thing that amazed me, is how many different colors the leaves can be on the same tree or type tree. 

As it was, while out, I found everything from green to yellow to red and purple. I love summer, it is my favorite time of year, but Autumn and the amazing colors to be found are incredible. To be able to hike through the quiet of the woods, enjoying the peace and absorbing the quiet, is a feeling that none can compare. And I did remember to wear orange even though it is Sunday.

 Another reason I headed out, I was dealing with emotions that I’m growing weary of feeling. It is a constant battle trying to get yourself to understand and accept things that you really don’t want to accept, but would make life so much easier if you did. I knew, that if I submersed myself in searching for photographic subjects, I would separate myself from the frustrating feelings. It worked. 

I also discovered where someone had torn down no trespassing signs I had nailed to trees along the property line. But, the trees have purple marks which is a known sign for no trespassing. I’ll get new signs though and figure out a way to make them harder to tear down.

 Sitting here now, I am happy in what I found today. While the landscape is slowly shedding all colors of life, today I found quite an assortment. The flowers were a special bonus. In a grey world, color can still be found. In an emotionally grey world, there are still moments where life brings out its own colors. Today proved, when you go out to search for anything with  determination, you will be successful.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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