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Season of light

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Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.  October 2015.

Shenandoah, I hear you calling

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Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.  October 2015.

Wanderings: Central Park

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While we usually make it up to New York City a few times a year, I realized on my last visit that I hadn’t been to Central Park since I was a teenager.  This visit, in the hours between lunch with a friend in Brooklyn and dinner with other friends in Harlem, we found ourselves in the Park, walking around for hours, listening to opera singers perform in the echoing Bethesda Arcade, and enjoying the last of the fall colors and the crisp weather.

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Autumn strolls

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The words are written in the air

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Hoboken, NJ. November 2014.

Blue Ridge Mountains

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Shenandoah National Park, VA.  October 2014.

What a life I lead when the wind, it breathes

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Shenandoah mountains, VA.  October, 2014.

The Golden Wood

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“For in the autumn their leaves fall not, but turn to gold. Not till the spring and the new green opens do they fall, and then the boughs are laden with yellow flowers; and the floor of the wood is golden, and golden is the roof, and its pillars are of silver, for the bark of the trees is smooth and grey.”  —J.R.R. Tolkien

Are there passages of books that stick with you?  Words evoked again and again through your varying experiences?  One of the descriptions in a book that I remember best is of the golden forest, Lothlórien, in the Lord of the Rings books.  Honestly they weren’t my favorite books and I don’t remember much about them, but for some reason, that one description is lodged in my memory.  Every year, I look forward to that very late part of fall, when the only leaves left on trees are the pale yellow ones, because it reminds me of that passage from the books.

On our recent trip to Shenandoah, we passed through a short section in the northern part of the park, and the sunlight was streaming through this patch of trees in just the right way to light up all the leaves and cast a golden glow on the surrounding forest.   My mind, of course, went back to that description in the book, and I would have been happy to wander through those golden woods for the rest of our visit.

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Wanderings: Shenandoah

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Fall has been moving in on the east coast, and we had perfect weekend weather for a last minute trip to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.  Fall colors were peaking, temperatures were crisp, and our bellies were full of fresh apple cider donuts.  Driving through the glowing yellow forests and past overlooks that opened out onto red valleys and the Blue Ridge Mountains, I can hardly believe I’ve lived so close to such a beautiful place for so many years and never visited.  I’m already plotting a return visit for next year.

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I pick my friends like I pick my fruit

 

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Maryland, October 2014.

It’s Friday, I’m in love

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Happy Halloween!  Instead of dressing up or handing out candy, we’re packing our bags and  heading up to New Jersey for the weekend.  Fall is such a nice time of year to spend time with family and anytime is a great time to snuggle with cute babies.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Here are a few links to some great art and photography projects to get you through your Friday.

  • Timelapse photography of severe storms moving across the high plains by Nicolaus Wegner. [Vimeo]
  • These cinemagraphs of nature and city scenes from Julian Douvier are wonderful. [via This is Collosal]
  • Fred Lyon’s amazing portfolio of photos of San Francisco from the 50s and 60s. [Fred Lyon]
  • Sometimes fashion and lifestyle blogs have the best photography.  I really loved the photos Maria del Rio shot of Kendra Smoot for Cup of Jo.  The light is fantastic! [via Cup of Jo]
  • There is a new book, Shooting Space, that explores the relationship between architecture and photography.  A few great galleries at Wired and the Barbicon Art Gallery.

Caramel apple

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Homestead Farm, Poolesville, MD. October 2014.

Out of the pumpkin patch

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Many of these beauties seem too pretty to carve.  But definitely not too pretty to eat.  I think we’ll be keeping our pretty pumpkins around for a couple of weeks before adding them to delicious soups and risottos.

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Homestead Farm, Poolesville, MD. October 2014.

A world where there are Octobers

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A weekend visit to a pumpkin patch in Maryland.

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Homestead Farm, Poolesville, MD. October 2014.

Fall favorites

Zara embroidered top

Zara embroidered top

One of the enjoyable parts of this time of year is the constantly changing temperatures.  A wide range of my wardrobe comes into play over the course of the week, which can be a lot of fun.  Lately, when its warmer, I’ve been loving this sheer embroidered top from Zara.

When it cools down in the evening, cozy sweaters have started to make appearances.  During the spring and summer, I usually stick to light, neutral-colored nail polishes, but now I’m loving red red nails peeking out of the sleeves of those cozy knits.  This color is Essie’s “a list.”

Red red polish

Red red polish

Ready for Autumn

Watermelons at the market last week

Watermelons at the market last week

I always get a little sad as the last few weeks of summer produce make their way into the farmer’s market in September.  I find myself thinking, “Blueberries won’t taste this good for another year” or “Will this be the last of the summer melons?”  And yet, the fall produce appears and I get excited about the amazing things I will get to eat again.  Looking through these photos from recipes tried in years past has me excited for crisp temperatures and fall bounty.  These all need to make a reappearance on my table soon, and until then I will be savoring the last days of blackberries and heirloom tomatoes.

I love apple picking season

I love apple picking season

Pumpkin pancetta risotto

Pumpkin pancetta risotto

Donal Skehan’s Pumpkin and Crispy Pancetta Risotto

Tart with figs and blue cheese

Tart with figs and blue cheese

New York Times Recipe Fig Tart With Caramelized Onions, Rosemary and Stilton

Fresh apple cider donuts

Fresh apple cider donuts

Apple cider donuts are above my skill level but I think they taste best piping hot with apple cider after a couple hours spent picking apples.

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