My Yesterday in Pictures Format
I’ve simply built my daily walking & painting up to the point where I need the time for these two vital parts of keeping me healthy and/or sane, lol!
Plus, instead of having to work images into the My Day Ahead series posts, this new series will enable me to keep those as pure text, and supplement with images from a variety of possibilities here. It’s an experiment of course, so we’ll see 😊
Austin Morning Autumn Light
Day began bright & very cool but jumped out to catch the full morning light on the same area I’d caught under muted greys the day before. It was obvious the colors weren’t as bright or full as under the cloudy sky day before. I’d assumed either the short autumn season was already turning, or the colors were being bleached out by the intensity of the sun vs against the palette-like grey before. I was mostly wrong on both counts, lol, but didn’t know that for sure til evening (see last pic this post 😊 ) Max, our 6 year old grandson had spent the night and eager to go with me for this and each new shoot except evening when he was back home ❤️
Once Max and I were out on the along the main road with it’s relative abundance of sporadic trees in fall bloom, I could see that, in places, the colors were as rich as the day before, though more sparkly, vs richly sedate like a lovingly hand woven ancient carpet under the previous day’s thick grey cover. Some canopies were soaked in reds, maroons, and hot orange. While others —
Others were baked in glossy ambers and rustic browns like delicious breads crisped to gold and copper, the nuances between the tones, it seemed to me, less stark, yet deeper in texture. Nearly like luscious fur vs luxurious leather. Thankfully nature didn’t ask me to choose, they were both there, near each other, easy walking for the two of us. The abundance of colors seem to especially please the six year old ❤️
Walking With Max 💕
Max and I continued on down to the entrance to a small park with benches, the trail leading eventually to Slaughter Creek’s northern bank where trails meandered east and west. I’d already walked both directions on the few days summer’d sputtered and I could walk without being bitten by seemingly invisible bugs, or melted down into a puddle for the dry dust on the paths. This time, the weather was perfect, Max had on his new outfit from Grandma, and, I told him later, he looked like a young super hero in training costume. I think the only thing he didn’t like was being considered “in training” lol 😂
Further down the trail, on a small incline, I asked if he’d run back and forth and jump when he wanted so I could catch him mid-air again. This one, with the light speckled on him, both feet off the ground, was one of his fav’s. Can’t disagree ❤️ And I didn’t even notice my partial shadow-selfie in camera-shooting mode in the bottom right til I posted this!
Then a shadow selfie of the two of us appeared I couldn’t resist pausing to capture. It’s one of the few all three, he, myself, and grandma, all agreed – this was a keeper ☺️ I especially like not only the silhouettes, not only the contrasts of light and dark, but also the deep textured colors of the rocks and fall leaves with our shadows. One of my fav’s 💕
Getting late in the morning and still wanting to go the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center before taking Max home, we took a short break along these light speckled boulders and wall, autumn colors of pale rust, rich orange, and ripe yellow golds accenting the literally deep blue sky!
Austin Evening Autumn Light
In the early evening, when it already seemed much too quiet, early morning’s scene again, the colors rich again, as the evening before when it was so intensely grey and cloudy, and the colors were once again, vs under today’s intense morning light, vibrant and glowing. My only guess why the sunny morning’s colors seemed so much less than the previous cloudy evening’s look is, since on both the sunny and the cloud evening the colors were so nice, it was the slant of light that time of day, regardless of its cloudy or sunny intensity, that gave the trees so much beauty. And if that’s not it, it doesn’t matter right now. Only the marvel of catching such brilliant changes so unexpectedly here in dear old Austin, many with the youngest grandchild 💕 ☺️
I hope to have a stand alone post of my pictures at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center soon, after I return there for further exploration Sunday morning, before the colors drop, and the grounds absorb their nutrients for all the plants. There’s no sweeping, gathering, or leaf blowing away of nature’s bounty of food for the trees and other plants for winter there ❤️
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