The End of Fall

Tulare County, approximately the size of Connecticut,  has two climates.  One is mountainous – the Sierra Nevada, home of the Sequoia National Park.  The other, home of over 400,000 cows, is a temperate, farming-friendly valley.  Four days ago as I drove towards the largest town, Visalia, I passed two grape vineyards, one with yellow leaves, and one with bright red.  The sun was just breaking through the clouds.  It had rained the day before, and everything sparkled like animated ornaments on a Christmas tree.  No camera!  The cardinal sin of an amateur photographer.

Two days ago, after a minor rain shower, I took my camera and drove that road again, at the same time, hoping to recapture what I had missed.  You can be the judge of that.  Actually I’m just being polite – you can’t because you didn’t see the first sun-sprayed scene.  I’m going to pawn these photos off on you hoping that you will PRESUME that they are as lovely as the first ones would have been if I hadn’t sinned.

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My favorite – a stand-alone beauty.

This is my heart to y’all.  If you see it from a distance, it sort of has that hearty look.  The rest of these may all be too similar for you, but i just couldn’t leave any of them out.  You know how they talk to you, and say, “Please don’t delete me.  Pllllleeeeaaassseeeeee!”

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By the way, I started a public Facebook page yesterday.  I need 30 likes to make it go.  I have 27 likes so far.  Just 3 more.  What could I give as a prize for number 30?  hmmmmm

Ah ha – a gold star and a home cooked meal, without grape leaves, next time you come to CA!

27 thoughts on “The End of Fall”

  1. Fantastic post, what beautiful photographs! I gazed over them again and again, so lovely. Reminds me of the colours of the grape-vine leaves here I find in some of the forests this time of year. Beautiful. Well done!! And gorgeous writing. I was captivated, and aye, arg, hath liked your page! Groovy! Cheers,

    Autumn Jade

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    1. Awwww thank you so much!!! I wondered about including so many pictures because they are so similar, but I loved them all, so they stayed. Even though I loved red the best, I had to let the yellow in also because of the wonderful shadows that shown through their translucent skins. Thanks so much for helping me make my “like” goal!!! You’re awesome! Marsha :)

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      1. Oh haw haw, I was too grannie slow, you’d already managed…without me the lil’ ol’ washed up briny lass…I could sob a swamp or two over it….

        Oh yes, I was enamoured of the light and shadow effect. I too take such photos in the forest. I really want to post them sometime.

        Wooo so many more blog posts of yours to catch up on, too grand! I noticed a feline one that looked dashed cute!

        Have a lovely one,

        Ta la,

        Autumn Jade

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      2. You are my Gold Star reader/commenter! Do notice in my sidebar I have a new picture that I stole from your FB. I love it!!! I didn’t think you’d mind. Its lovely! I’m going to be now before my eyes close while I’m writing. Marsha Lee :)

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    1. Thanks. It won’t be around much longer. We even have some days in late December or January that could even freeze. That’s not a problem for the grapes, but the oranges don’t do well with it, and we have more of those in our area than anything else. Thanks again for your comments, LuAnn. Marsha :)

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    1. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to depress you. I LOVE the colors. Today we went out and took wintery pictures – as wintery as it gets here. You’d hate them more, but even they had their beauty. :)

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