Friday, 18 November 2011

The Changing Light of Fall
Falling On Us


Laden With Fruit
Reflections
Kohlmarkt

Weighing the Good Life
Demel Royal and Imperial Confectioners
Kohlmarkt

Fall Fashion
Shop Window
Kohlmarkt

Deserted
At the Peal of the Bell
Vespri Viennesi
Kohlmarkt

"And every year there is a brief, startling moment
When we pause in the middle of a long walk home and
Suddenly feel something invisible and weightless
Touching our shoulders, sweeping down from the air:
It is the autumn wind pressing against our bodies;
It is the changing light of fall falling on us
."

Quoted from the poem
"Fall" by Edward Hirsch

"Laden with Fruit"
is from William Blake's
"To Autumn" poem

Photographed
in the late afternoon
3 October 2009
© by Merisi

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24 comments:

  1. Fall
    by Edward Hirsch

    Fall, falling, fallen. That's the way the season
    Changes its tense in the long-haired maples
    That dot the road; the veiny hand-shaped leaves
    Redden on their branches (in a fiery competition
    With the final remaining cardinals) and then
    Begin to sidle and float through the air, at last
    Settling into colorful layers carpeting the ground.
    At twilight the light, too, is layered in the trees
    In a season of odd, dusky congruences‐a scarlet tanager
    And the odor of burning leaves, a golden retriever
    Loping down the center of a wide street and the sun
    Setting behind smoke-filled trees in the distance,
    A gap opening up in the treetops and a bruised cloud
    Blamelessly filling the space with purples. Everything
    Changes and moves in the split second between summer's
    Sprawling past and winter's hard revision, one moment
    Pulling out of the station according to schedule,
    Another moment arriving on the next platform. It
    Happens almost like clockwork: the leaves drift away
    From their branches and gather slowly at our feet,
    Sliding over our ankles, and the season begins moving
    Around us even as its colorful weather moves us,
    Even as it pulls us into its dusty, twilit pockets.
    And every year there is a brief, startling moment
    When we pause in the middle of a long walk home and
    Suddenly feel something invisible and weightless
    Touching our shoulders, sweeping down from the air:
    It is the autumn wind pressing against our bodies;
    It is the changing light of fall falling on us.

    _______



    Quoted from Edward Hirsch's poetry collection "Wild Gratitude"

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  2. "And every year there is a brief, startling moment
    When we pause in the middle of a long walk home and
    Suddenly feel something invisible and weightless
    Touching our shoulders, sweeping down from the air ...
    -
    one of my favorite lines in the whole of literature.

    A wonderful easing into autumn to all of you,
    may you all enjoy a Golden September day at least as beautiful as we do here today,
    with best wishes,
    Merisi

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  3. Lovely pic, especially the last one!!!

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  4. Your Demel photo reminds me of my gift basket business days! (this last photo is exquisite)

    (Oh, and thanks for the perfume suggestion...I'll pass it along to the daughter! Sounds perfect.)

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  5. That top window display is just awesome.

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  6. I love the poem and the autumn pictures. Please hold onto to some of that changing autumn light so I can share it in two weeks :)

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  7. I thought that window display was going to be my favorite part of this post and then I read the entire poem in the comments. It was beautiful. Touched something in me today. Going to print it out and take with me on a trip (leaving tomorrow). I would like to read it over a few times. Lovely, really really lovely.

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  8. What beautiful poems and I especially like the first photo.

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  9. Ooooooooooooooooo
    YOU are the Queen of light Madame
    Especially l'heure bleu light...
    miam-miam
    merci
    carolg

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  10. The days have seemed magical here too -- still too warm but something in the quality of the light has changed as if a spell lies on the land. Winding down...winding down.

    I really love that first picture!

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  11. That is what I miss the most living here in Florida. The change to autumn. Our weather changes from stifling hot to hot, with a chance of cool. Then it turns stifling hot again.

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  12. Ahhh Merisi...to see the seasons change in Vienna through your lens is a pleasure indeed. I savor all your posts. Many thanks for the prose, too. Wonderful.
    Catherine xx

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  13. I love that Coke bottle.. I just never see them here anymore.

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  14. Lovely lovely lovely!!!

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  15. Your poems and quotes at the beginning of the comment sction are amazing. I can feel the changing air, the crunch of leaves and that special feel of the sunshine on my back.
    Delightful photos too. I lov Ladn with fruit and...well, I really like thm all!
    The last still life with the Coke bottle is a classic Merisi.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. wow wow wow!!
    That last glass photo :O
    OK all of them :O
    Happy Turkey M.

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  17. I've seen so many photography-based sites, but none of them that quite have your eye.
    And your comments on the pictures are so apropos.
    I come here so often to see where I want to be.

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  18. Glorious... all of it... Enjoy the weekend.... xv

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  19. Thank you all for your kind comments!

    My family is celebrating Thanksgiving today, Saturday.
    A wonderful weekend to you all,
    Merisi

    (My daughter is making Chocolate Coeur a la Creme as I type - the one non-traditional dessert that everyone in the family expects for dessert. Pecan Pie and Apple Pie - my mongrel version, that is, reflecting my mixed cooking heritage).

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  20. Beautiful! ... LOVE that first photo with the reflection!

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