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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 106: Autumn

The theme from Patti this week for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #106 focuses on the season autumn.

Forty years ago, I came to the graduate school in Portland, Oregon. One thing I appreciated Oregon is the distinct four seasons. Autumn is the most impressive with its red, yellow, and orange foliage. The highway by the school lined up with trees displaying the splendid colors for miles and miles. I finished my studies and moved to southern California, and I left the four seasons behind.

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My daughter went to the university in Portland, Oregon. She continued to stay there to work and then got married. Even though I visited her often, but somehow those visits didn’t fall into the season of autumn until my granddaughter Autumn was born.

Autumn was born on September 28, 2017. I was there to help such as doing laundry so Mercy and Will could concentrate on taking care of their newborn.

I took these photos early October in Mercy’s neighborhood. Trees started changing colors. One tree was indecisive, so half of the tree changed to yellow and the other half wanted to wait. Other trees around the corner had green and yellow and orange and red.

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There was a park nearby surrounded by Acorn trees. Squirrels were everywhere collecting acorns, ate some and buried some for the winter. Another squirrel was chewing something. It turned out that what he had was a fruit, not an acorn.

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During my stay in October when Autumn was born, we went to the Cathedral Park. Someone was making giant bubbles. The kids had fun chasing them.


In Portland, Oregon, one annual fun thing to do in the autumn is going to the pumpkin patch. Autumn picked her favorite pumpkin last year. We don’t know if we’ll go to the pumpkin patch this year but I’ll be at her third birthday party for sure.



This is the park with the Acorn trees. Autumn is in the center of the autumn leaves.


I would like to conclude this post with one of my favorite song “Autumn Leaves” sung by Matt Monro.

“Autumn Leaves”

The falling leaves

drift by the window.
The autumn leaves of red and gold.
I see your lips

the summer kisses.
The sunburnt hands I used to hold.
Since you went away

the days grow long.
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song.
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall.
Since you went away

the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 106: Autumn

SoCS October 21, 2017

The theme for Linda’s SoCS October 21, 2017, is Season.


There are seasons in a dating relationship. My definition of seasons of dating refers to a relationship that goes through a period of changes in order to establish its stability.

Through my counseling experience, I find that rushing into a relation, and getting married within a few months has a pitfall. There is no doubt about the initial magnetic attractions each other feel so strongly. The euphoria of meeting the Princess and Prince Charming makes the hearts swell with bubbles and nonstop smiles on the faces. They find themselves can’t stop talking about the Miss Right and Mister Perfect. Their minds go 100 mph and take the thoughts through the intimacy and walking down the aisle, and the two live happily ever after.

Miss Smith met Mr. Williams. They saw each other two or three times a week and texted each other throughout the day.

After one month, they invited the siblings to go on outings to introduce the family members to each other. The dating couple and the siblings had a blast.

Two months later they decided to meet the prospective parents. Miss Smith’s parents were impressed by Mr. Williams at a dinner in the restaurant. Miss Smith met Mr. William’s single mom and the other siblings at home. Mrs. Smith seemed to be aloof. The siblings were joking with each other. Mr. Williams seemed to be running around taking care of family members’ needs. He didn’t sit down with Miss Smith to have a meaningful conversation with his mom.

A couple months went by; Miss Smith still felt that she couldn’t get Mr. Williams to be engaged in a deeper level of conversation. At the same time, Mr. Williams tried to push the idea of getting married.

Miss Smith started to express her question about the relationship in her text to Mr. Williams. He was panic and apologetic about any wrongdoings.

A couple more weeks went by. Miss Smith felt that Mr. Williams couldn’t carry on an objective discussion but pressed on the issue of getting married.

Miss Smith felt very uncomfortable even texting to Mr. Williams. She picked up her courage and texted Mr. Williams that she decided to end the relationship. Mr. Williams wanted to talk about that once more time face to face.

Miss Smith arrived at Mr. Williams’ apartment next morning. She rang the doorbell but didn’t get any answer. She knocked and knocked. The door cracked open, apparently wasn’t locked. She let herself in. Mr. Williams was sitting on the couch buried his face in his palms. Miss Smith sat down across from Mr. Williams and repeatedly asked how he was doing. Mr. Williams started to bang his head with his fists and started sobbing. Eventually, he was screaming.

“You’re just like everyone else. You don’t care about me. You just want to leave me.”
With that, he went into his bedroom, threw into the bed facing the pillow and sobbed uncontrollably.

“Are you okay? Do you want me to help?”

“You’re no different than anyone. You just want to leave me!”

Miss Smith was getting scared. Her instinct told her that she was facing a problem bigger than she could handle.

She picked her purse, out the door she went, and never looked back.
What do you think about the story? What happened to the relationship of the two? What was going on with Mr. Williams? What do you think about Miss Smith’s decision?
My opening statement is about the dating and allowing the relationship to go through different seasons of changes to establish the stability. It’s not necessarily to go through the seasons of the calendar year.

The symbols of the seasons are:
Summer is filled with sunshine, activities, excitement, fun, and laughter.
Autumn is changing in nature. Leaves lose their pigmentation, alter their colors and wither.
Winter is cold, shivering, bareness, and hibernation.
Spring is the return of life, freshness, blossom, beauty, joy, and hope.

When dating goes through the symbolic changes of seasons, the two individuals stick with each other through thick and thin, learn to give and take the support and appreciation, the ongoing relationship will most likely be able to withstand the changes of the future seasons.

Linda’s SoCS October 21, 2017

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hour

“I’d like to challenge you to document an hour of the day in your image(s), in a way that captures some of the essences of that hour.” – Frank

Yesterday afternoon, my son-in-law Will put baby Autumn in the “front pouch” carrier on his chest and went for a walk. My daughter Mercy had a tough night feeding Autumn. I went with Will for the walk so that Mercy could take a nap.

The weather in Portland, Oregon is changing. The trees started to show the beauty of autumn. One tree is quite indecisive, only half of the tree changed the color. The other half seems to be lingering. Another tree has pretty red, orange, yellow, and green colors. The green would soon disappear as cold air increases.

The nearby park is surrounded by huge acorn trees. The ground is a haven to the squirrels this time of the years. They eat some and hide some away to prepare for the winter.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hour

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 53 – Mist & Shape

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 53 – Mist & Shape

I’m adding another poetry form to Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge starting October 2, 2017. It’s called a cinquain. – Colleen




Golden new shapes

Cooling, changing, rustling

Aromatic fresh mist in air




Music in air mist

Penetrates my sensations

Melts shape of my heart


“Senryu (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.” – Shadow Poetry

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 53 – MIST & SHAPE