Autumn Fire - Photo Gallery

Colors on Parade

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SerenitySplendor in OrangeRed FlameBursting ForthLight SourceLingering LemonThrough a WispTransitionRavishing RednessEssenceColor WashHappinessDirectionReflectionStars of BlueBeautiful SurrenderVailShimmering GoldGolden HistoryJust Beyond the Fence
Serenity
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Splendor in Orange
Splendor in Orange | Source
Red Flame
Red Flame | Source
Bursting Forth
Bursting Forth | Source
Light Source
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Lingering Lemon
Lingering Lemon | Source
Through a Wisp
Through a Wisp | Source
Transition
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Ravishing Redness
Ravishing Redness | Source
Essence
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Color Wash
Color Wash | Source
Happiness
Happiness | Source
Direction
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Reflection
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Stars of Blue
Stars of Blue | Source
Beautiful Surrender
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Vail
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Shimmering Gold
Shimmering Gold | Source
Golden History
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Just Beyond the Fence
Just Beyond the Fence | Source

Fiery Delight

Autumn is my favorite season for so many reasons. I love the colors, the warmth, the breezes, the contrast against the deep blue skies of Colorado, and of course the mountainous backdrop. I have never been able to call it "fall", because autumn is a much more beautiful descriptive word. I made that choice when I discovered the word, and it still describes the fullness of the season to me.

I find it particularly delightful to travel during this time. The temperatures are perfect, with the exception of an occasional storm or two which is in Colorado, a normal occurrence. I love the expression, "If you don't like the weather in Colorado, wait a minute, it's about to change!" I have been caught in, and actually enjoy those interruptions as well.

I have found many a local coffee shop or restaurant refuge during these times. I have also made it a point to not be in too much of a hurry to get from one place to another in the middle of changing seasons. I have encountered radical mountain snowstorms while climbing peaks on the sunniest days, and I respect the weather as God created it. When I was in the middle of climbing Mt. Redcloud several years ago, a short bout with rain and lightning afforded me the rest I needed to eventually make it to the top. The view was glorious!

I never get tired of photographing the color blending of trees, brush, and even plants and leaves that are dying, it seems that somehow the whole picture of the season has precious things to contribute. I relish all of them, and appreciate the lingering of autumn. Every year, I think, is the best and most beautiful I have ever seen. I try not to take pictures in the same places each year, however, I have a few favorite trees that stand exceptionally in my memory that I photograph quite regularly.

I highly recommend taking your autumn pictures when you first encounter the scenery and colors that move you. I have too often, intended to make another day of it, and when that day came, the leaves were sadly either absent or diminished. Since we have random storms in the fall, one good dumping of snow can change it all in days. This year was an exception, as the snow served to deepen and beautify an already spectacular fiery display.

When I first arrived in Colorado, it was summer. I thought I was in heaven merely by virtue of the reduction of humidity that I had been accustomed to on the island of Hawaii, but I had much yet to see. As summer burst into fall, I marvelled at the display of creative trees and colors for the first time. As my sister drove me through the first aspen groves and I saw them glistening in the breeze, I was simply captivated by their beauty.

Driving into Aspen present a staggering view of hundreds of quaking aspens. A walk through John Denver's Memorial in the city named after such glorious trees. It was a peaceful contemplative walk on a brisk fall day, with friends. The following year, I spoke at a banquet in Telluride, equally breathtaking in its autumn presentation. I walked extensively through the town, marvelling at everything I was blessed to see.

I think deeply on these walks, and whenever I am out in nature, like most people, I suppose. This year, I found myself even marvelling over the plants that where dying amidst the living. Even the dying plants had their own beauty in their surrender, always with the promise of new, and perhaps more abundant flourishing in the spring. We should hope the same for ourselves, I thought.

Now, after 19 years, every year seems to hold progressively more spectacular displays, and I am more fascinated with capturing the totality of the beauty that accompanies the season. So far my collection is 2,000 photos, each unique in presentation and the observations that I made as I looked through the lens.

These pictures were taken in Erie, and Vail, during the week of October 15-22 and on the road from Glenwood Springs to Aspen from October 5-9. Although I missed most of the aspens in Vail this year. my cover photo was taken in the Betty Ford Gardens there during our annual women's retreat.

I suppose tomorrow's storm will wipe out what remains of the color, but who am I to lament after such a delightful feast? Not only have I had more than my share, I have still have a piece of it in my heart and on film. Oh, and that's right, there is always next year!

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

Voted AWESOME! I love the colors, too. Thank you for the view.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado Author

Thank you MsDora...I just downloaded them and thought they were too beautiful not to share! As always, appreciate the feedback! Have a beautiful day!


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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States

Autumn really is gorgeous and your photos are a great testament to that fact. Lovely!


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TeriSilver 5 years ago from The Buckeye State

Excellent article, lovely pictures. Thumbs up!


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Cousin Fudd 5 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

A picture book of fall and all the wonderful colors. Thanks for sharing.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado Author

Thank you Dirt Farmer, Teri and Cousin Fudd, appreciate the feedback, and glad you enjoyed!


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Lovely autumn season photos and the selection is amazing.


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debbie roberts 5 years ago from Greece

Thanks for sharing. Growing up in the UK, I remember the tree colours in Autumn looking like that, but where I live now nothing so stunning.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado Author

So glad you enjoyed them...sorry you can't experience it in person, but glad to bring back good memories!


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

I too love autumn, SimpleGiftsofLove ... so I wrote about it on http://thisisangiesblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/mists...

So glad autumn moves you too ...


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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Absolutely stunning autumn photographs. I have lived all over the US and overseas a couple of times...and fall is always my favorite season no matter where I am. Thanks so much for sharing a breath of autumn with us.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado Author

Why thank you Phdast, quite gracious of you to say so. I am so happy to be part of a beautiful experience for you!


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vasantha T k 5 years ago from Bangalore

vibrant colors,lively pics.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado Author

Thanks you vasantha T k, it was a pleasure to capture it all. I am quite spoiled by my beautiful surroundings, they offer so much. Have a beautiful day!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

This was a wonderful hub. The pictures were great, and your words were inspiring.

And Welcome to HubPages!


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado Author

Thank you very much for your kind words homestead bound. Looking forward to reading your hubs! Have a great day, and thanks for caring for others!


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kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

Such explosion of beautiful autumn colors! I like the photos Direction and Light Source the best. Urgh, I envy you. You've got a collection of 2,000 photos! You should make them into a book.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado Author

Kerlyn, you live in a beautiful place too! I plan on doing several books, a couple photography and an autobiography, and one on life in general. Thanks for the encouraging comments, glad you enjoyed it!


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

thankyou for sharing those beautiful pictures...It makes me feel like God is showing off his love for us, with huge bouquets...rated up for beautiful.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado Author

thanks Enlydia...appreciate your encouraging remarks, I agree, I should have noticed that! Have a blessed day!


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gryphin423 5 years ago from Florida

Wow, beautiful pictures! I love the fall season as well. Thanks for sharing! ;-)


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado Author

Thanks gryphin423 glad you enjoyed them~


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

What a beautiful treat these pictures are! Autumn is also my favorite time of the year. There is a feeling of casting off what we no longer need and making room for unexpected surprises.

Voted up and more.

vocalcoach~


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado Author

Thank you vocalcoach...appreciate your comments. Looking at your hubs now!


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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Your insight and your photos are stunning! Keep up the great work!


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado Author

Thanks GmaGoldie, you are so encouraging! Appreciate you and the feedback!


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Millionaire Tips 5 years ago from USA

Congrats on being nominated for the HubNuggets award. These are gorgeous pictures. I really enjoy taking pictures in autumn as well.


Arusho 5 years ago

Lovely pictures, and well done


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado Author

Millionaire Tips and Arusho: Thank you for your comments and for acknowledging the nomination! I don't ask people to vote, because that is not how I want to win!


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Night Magic 4 years ago from Canada

Fall is my most favorite season --- loved your photos.


anjali 4 years ago

I think deeply on these walks, and whenever I am out in nature, like most people, I suppose. This year, I found myself even marvelling over the plants that where dying amidst the living. Even the dying plants had their own beauty in their surrender, always with the promise of new, and perhaps more abundant flourishing in the spring. We should hope the same for ourselves, I thought.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Night Magic, thank you for your comments! Anjali, I am curious as to why you copied my 8th paragraph as your comments, did that touch a cord in your heart?


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sunkentreasure 4 years ago

THE BEAUTY OF GOD’S LOVE By BERNARD LEVINE

God is amazing

He chooses every baby's DNA and blood type

He puts every star in place to float in the sky

He creates every fingerprint with a rare design

He makes an egg to burst open with life.

God is great

He selects all the love-songs for every bird to sing

He makes broken bones mend

He gives every flower its specific perfume

He cares for seeds and they turn to fruit.

God is awesome

He tells the seasons when to change

He gives us air so we can breathe

He feeds multitudes of living organisms on our planet

He waters fields of green carpets with morning dew.

Every leaf is a marvel of God's genius

Every baby is filled with God's love

There is nothing in this world more precious

than the beautiful kindness of God.

© Bernard Levine

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