By the time we got through with the bank and the grocery and the pharmacy, I was ready for an ambulance.

The years really do catch up with you. I was so tired, I hadn’t even brought a camera with me.

Of course, Marilyn just happened to have a spare travel size Leica in her purse that she let me use.

This is the “end” of peak foliage. Beautiful, but it loooked like a golden snowstorm.
Colors by the Blackstone.

I really liked that little camera. Since I have a record of adopting Marilyn’s stuff and keeping it, she sat me down and said: “You can’t have the Leica. I love you and you can borrow it, but I am not going to give you my Leica.”

Marilyn taking her own pictures.
Time to watch the water ripple
Now those are Autumn specials!

I couldn’t even argue the point, but what a nice little camera it is! it’s doesn’t have as long a lens as some travel cameras, but it doesn’t distort images, the colors stay true … and you can clip it in your pocket. Well, not yet. But I’ll talk her out of it. In the end, she’ll give me the camera.

That’s love.

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Author: Garry Armstrong

As a reporter for Channel 7 in Boston for 31 years, I was witness to most of the major events affecting the region. I met a lot of people ... politicians, actors, moguls, criminals and many regular folks caught up in extraordinary situations. Sometimes, I write about the people I've met and places I've been. Sometimes, I write about life, my family, my dogs and me. Or what might otherwise be called Life.


    1. Slmret, a truly glorious day. Marilyn’s Leica is amazing. I also love her title for this piece. Marilyn is really Max Perkins come back to back me better.

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    1. Sue, almost to die for. Plus we had the young couple, relaxing by the water’s edge, an elderly gent walking his furry kid, another pooch following his mistress through sunlight and shadow. Such wonderful stuff.


    1. Sadje, we have an old (college) friend who lives Peacham, Vermont. It is absolutely breathtaking. The pics almost take themselves.

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  1. Goodness, some of these pictures should be featured on a calendar, they’re so beautiful, and they capture the season perfectly. Well done!

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  2. Lovely photos. Mr. Swiss has a Leica, but never uses it. I could if I wanted to, but stick to my Nikon and have a handy little Canon. The years do catch up on you, Mr. Swiss celebrated 80 years yesterday, but is no longer as active as he was. I am a few years younger, but one day I will probably also have my problems. In the meanwhile let’s keep going, and I really admire your photo sessions in the great outdoors.

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    1. I don’t think anyone else gets autumns like New England. We used to travel up here from New York just to see the leaves change. It’s actually called “leafing” and it’s a thing. Something about the air. Not so much along the shore, although we once had a week in October in Hyannisport that was stunning, but mostly slightly inland and a bit above sea level.

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    1. New England in autumn IS special. Have you ever noticed how often movies and TV shows from this area are taken in autumn? It’s only a couple of weeks. I bet they have to fit a lot of filming into a very tight time period 😀


    1. Alli, great idea — the calendar. And, HEAR this — all of Marilyn’s people!

      Her Leica is SAFE. I borrowed it ONCE and was absolutely bowled over by its performance. I told Marilyn how pleased I was with her Leica and said — ‘maybe, I could use it again, sometime’. Does that convict me — with a life sentence and no hope of parole? Yeesh! Somebody, get me Alan Dershowitz on the landline which isn’t bugged.

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