Wordless Wednesday (Shades of Autumn Finale Edition)

This is Week Eight of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. It’s finale week!
For finale week, I am sharing images from the labyrinth garden at my church (Holy Comforter Episcopal). Last Saturday, I spent time in the labyrinth reflecting on the experiences I had and the images I captured during the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. As I walked the labyrinth, the main thing that came to mind is that although the focus was on images, there were also many special people involved in helping make those images happen, such as the rare opportunity to be with my friends Audrey and Kimmi that resulted in my green week post or the kind employee at Esposito’s who helped me pick out the perfect milkweed plant to attract monarch butterflies for orange week.

The Labyrinth, Autumn 2011:

If you are interested in learning more about labyrinths as spirtual tools, here is one resource.

Finally, thank you to Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Alicia of Project Alicia, and Rebecca of Bumbles and Light for coordinating this challenge. I can’t think of a week during the challenge when one of the organizers did not comment on my post. Thank you for your encouragement and the work each of you put into coordinating this challenge.

Wordless Wednesday (Within the Lines Edition)

This is Week Seven of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. This week’s color is white. 
As a “Dance Mom,” I do a whole lot of waiting. In the car. Between white lines on the pavement. These white lines:
Life lived “between the lines” doesn’t have to be dull; we just have to look a little harder sometimes to see the beauty that is there to enjoy.
The Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge is hosted by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Alicia of Project Alicia, and Rebecca of Bumbles and Light. The challenge welcomes photographers of all skill levels. Next week’s theme is FINALE! The linky for finale week will be up starting on Friday, November 25 (after which we will be on our own to think up Wordless Wednesday topics – it’s been a while!).

Wordless Wednesday (Brown Understudy Edition)

This is Week Six of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. This week’s color is brown. 
We have a tree in our front yard that is (on first glance) pretty nondescript. I have hung the occasional bird feeder in it; I have driven past it thousands of times as I pulled into and out of our driveway. It’s green. Right now it has some red coloring. Fortunately, for brown week it has some cool brown nut-things hidden deep within the leaves.
To me, the brown nuts are like the understudy who knows a part backwards and forwards but has never gotten a chance to shine. This is your week, brown!
The Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge is hosted by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Alicia of Project Alicia, and Rebecca of Bumbles and Light. The challenge welcomes photographers of all skill levels. Next week’s theme is white! The linky for white week will be up starting on Friday, November 18.

Wordless Wednesday (Pleasing Purple Edition)

This is Week Five of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. This week’s color is purple. 
One advantage of living in North Florida in the fall is that it is possible to enjoy outdoor activities well into the season. A couple of weeks ago, I had the physically and spiritually rejuvenating experience of doing outdoor yoga after work. The venue, a place called Lichgate, was perfect.
The Centuries-Old Lichgate Oak.
Yoga without walls.
And beautiful purple nearby:
I am not sure how this shot came to be, but I love the effect I stumbled onto:
The Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge is hosted by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Alicia of Project Alicia, and Rebecca of Bumbles and Light. The challenge welcomes photographers of all skill levels. Next week’s theme is brown! The linky for brown week will be up starting on Friday, November 11.

Wordless Wednesday (Monarchs on Milkweed Edition)

This is Week Three of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. This week’s color is orange. 
Thank you, monarch butterflies, for your impeccable timing – I appreciate you passing through Tallahassee just in time for orange week!
There is some really interesting information about the Monarch Butterfly Migration here. (For example, I learned that “not one single butterfly succeeds in a full migration due to their short life span.  It generally takes three or four generations of Monarch butterflies to complete a full migration cycle.”)

The Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge is hosted by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Alicia of Project Alicia, and Rebecca of Bumbles and Light. The challenge welcomes photographers of all skill levels. Next week’s theme is red! The linky for red week will be up starting on Friday, October 28.

Wordless Wednesday (A”Maze”Ing Corn Edition)

This is Week Two of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. For Week One (green), I blogged about a “hot orchard visit.” When it came time to take pictures for Week Two, I had to figure out how to craft a “yellow” blog out of the local corn maze (which I had originally planned to use for green week before I got tempted by an apple (hey! I wasn’t the first….)).

Nothing in North Florida can compete with traditional autumn colors. But we will persist, Florida style.

We will not throw in the towel:

This search for autumnal yellow will not be a flop:

Only in Florida:

Fall needs a little bit of help down here (thanks, Michaels):

Some of the most vivid yellow was in the beauty of imperfection:

Am I seeing things or is there something spooky in this one?

Eureka!

At the very end of the maze, I found a nice touch of yellow:

It may not have been fall, temperature wise or color-wise, but we still enjoyed polishing off a romp through the corn maze.

Some more images – not all yellow but we are talking corn field after all and I enjoyed the fresh air and the images of nature!

These pictures were taken at the Corn Maze at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. Proceeds from admission fees benefit the Kidz First Fund (which helps children with Fanconi Anemia), the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, and the Foundation for Leon County Schools.

The Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge is hosted by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Alicia of Project Alicia, and Rebecca of Bumbles & Light. The challenge welcomes photographers of all skill levels. Next week’s theme is orange! The linky for orange week will be up starting on Friday, October 21.

Wordless Wednesday (The Hot Orchard Edition)

This is Week One of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. This week’s theme was “green.” On a late September day when it was reasonable to expect an “autumnal” feel in the air during a visit to a Connecticut orchard, we got, instead, weather that didn’t seem all that different from Florida’s! The vista seemed to be holding back on the fall colors that will surely arrive soon:

Green was not the only star of the day:
But the promise of natural foods, bursting with potential:
Tartness:
And blushing beauty:

Gave me something to “fall” for despite the heat!
These pictures were taken at Lyman Orchards in Middefield, CT.
The Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge is hosted by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Alicia of Project Alicia, and Rebecca of Bumbles & Light. The challenge welcomes photographers of all skill levels. Next week’s theme is yellow! The linky for yellow week will be up starting on Friday, October 14 (if I have the schedule right!).