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It’s almost over. The leaves are fading — early — and dropping from the trees. Many are already half bare. Bob and I went down to Riverbend and the Blackstone Canal. If we waited much longer, it would be too late.

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It’s lovely, though not spectacular. The drought made the change come too late and last too short a time. The weather is still lovely, but the color in mostly yellows with occasional patches of red or orange.

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Still, there nothing that warms my heart as much as New England in the fall. October is my favorite month and has been since I was a kid and heard the first maple leaf crunch under my foot on my trek to school.

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I always mourn its passing and plan to enjoy it as long as I can.

A note to my fellow local photographers. Either you live in a different state than me, or you are cooking your photos.

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We have not had those brilliant, glowing colors this year. An occasional bright maple or ash, but mostly … yellow or soft orange dominates the landscape. The dryness, lack of an early cold snap, lingering warm, humid days have conspired to produce a muted autumn.


If you twiddle with saturation and color balance, you can produce brilliant autumn colors in any picture. May, July … anytime can be glorious autumn. If that’s what you want.

Categories: Autumn, Blackstone River, Changing Seasons, Photography

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28 replies

  1. Your autumn photos from last year were stunning. You have some great photos this year too, even though the colours are not as vibrant as last year


  2. I particularly love the photo third from the top the way you have caught the reflection of the trees in the river and the perspective.


  3. I wouldn’t know how to fiddle with my photos to add fall colors, and I’m not especially interested in learning. I just take nature as it comes – unfortunately, nature is being a little stubborn this year, we don’t have colors here yet, either.


    • Yes, your pictures look like the real world. I have some unnamed neighbors that seem to be living in a different world than us where the leaves are frantically glowing … and it just isn’t that kind of autumn. Not without more than a little assist from software.

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  4. We got lucky so it seems. Our fall is beautiful, lots of reds and yellows in the trees,even dark red on some.


  5. We have a few very vibrant reds and yellows on the maples- but a lot of still green trees.


    • Here too, still lots of green, though the green leaves are drying out and curling up, brown on the edges. Not every autumn is a 10 out of 10 … but any autumn is beautiful and beats the other three seasons regardless 🙂


  6. It was a short and muted autumn in comparison with last year’s pictures. Let’s hope winter for you is also short and muted. I was amused that you and Bob posted the same photo of him. He looks like he’s loving Uxbridge.


  7. Wonderful autumnal river photos. I’ve been thinking about going to this place I know by the river, to take a few shots, but I haven’t had the time. Now it’s almost too late (perhaps it’s too late at that specific place already, I don’t know). I’m realizing now that I won’t be able to make it this year.
    (I do have some nice autumn shots from this season, so it’s not a total catastrophe…)


  8. You’ve taken some beautiful photos of what the area had to offer this year. That’s all we, as photographers, can do. I find it ironic that I just processed and posted the same picture you had of me shooting. No wonder, as you were kind enough to send me your full sized originals to play with.

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  9. such a shame, I look forward to the Autumn colours from New England, so much more dramatic than we usually get here, but alas this year your autumn looks only slightly more colourful than ours did down under……….damn climate change


  10. I agree with you about twiddling with images that they have little resemblance to the reality of the moment. I’m a purist in my photographs and it seems I’m in the minority. I’m glad that you didn’t cook your photos. Cheers, Marilyn.


    • I’ve been looking at pictures by local people and it’s obvious that their pictures don’t show anything even close to reality. Even at its dullest, Autumn is pretty enough to have its own legs. I’m not a purist exactly, but I think the art of photography is the art of showing “what’s there” with a little help to smooth the rough edges. If you keep pushing, it may be art, but it stops being photography.

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  11. Only a very few of our trees turn color before they drop their leaves. Most are either deciduous or the leaves simply brown and fall. Your photos of the fall have been beautiful, despite its shortcoming!


    • Some places are predominantly pine, so you don’t get much color. Also, oak doesn’t give a lot of color — just bronze and some yellow. You need the maples, ash, sassafras and other hard woods. Some years we get the full monte. Just not this time.

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