Autumn Singing

oh listen to autumn’s  symphony,

as leaves fall in tuneful arpeggios.

The birch and poplar are keyboards playing to an alto wind,

and I want to be a leaf  held in the soft hands of it’s drifting melody.

Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone ( from the Mission) Piano and flute

Autumn is taking hold  and I’m letting summer expectations fall into the earth’s weaving of  her colourful quilt as  she prepares us for winter’s slumbering quiet. 

As some of you may have noticed I have slowed down in the blogosphere.  My attentions have been diverted elsewhere (not all creative!), I’ll probably continue to be somewhat sporadic for awhile but I hope by the end of the year I will be doing  better. I hope all is well with my friends and followers and I will be still checking out your blogs (excuse my “behindedness!”), and also posting a few pics to Flickr between blog posts.

this was my submission to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness this last week

Summer end’s lament

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Autumn exhales

Student: “what is God?”  He is the breath within the breath! -Kabir

and a song sparrow sings a farewell to summer

My sister is now living in Sidney by the Sea, an hours’ drive away and  here are two images from a fine early fall day in that pretty little port!

“A moment later Jonathan’s body wavered in the air, shimmering, and began to go transparent. “Don’t let them spread silly rumors about me, or make me a god. O.K., Fletch? I’m a seagull. I like to fly, …” Jonathon Livingston Seagull

and a little visual nocturne I composed by the stream near my house

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  1. milliethom says:

    Beautiful autumnal images, Cybele, and the music from Ennio Morricone is a perfect accompaniment. I love all your photos but your your visual nocturne is just so lovely. It seems you and I are alike in having had a less-than-perfect year. I also hope that next year will bring better things. Look after yourself.

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    1. yes, I hope for a better 2018!! thank you Millie and blessings to you!!

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  2. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Such beautiful images, Cybele. As always. And we love Ennio Morricone. We have him on Pandora and listen to his music at night to relax and enjoy.

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    1. Many thanks always Emilio!!

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  3. Beautiful autumn images, Cybele. Loved seeing that little sparrow singing his little heart out. 🙂

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    1. thank you Sylvia, forgive my lateness!

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  4. samba2017 says:

    I love the music and the sparrow photo – so cute! I have a poetry blog here on WordPress and today’s poem is about autumn in case you have time to look? Sunny greetings, Sam 🙂

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    1. will check you out!! thank you!

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  5. Kathleen_Vail says:

    Hi Cybele! Please forgive my long absence – as you note, life gets so busy sometimes! But my thoughts and best wishes are always with you, my lovely friend – I always enjoy and appreciate your beautiful photographs and words. – Kathleen Aisha 💟💟💟☺

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    1. no worries Kathleen, so good to hear from you!! I’m always late these days myself! Where are you living!!? Big hugs to you my friend!

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      1. Kathleen_Vail says:

        We are still living in BC but took a side trip to South Carolina to clean up our farm – what a big chore that has turned out to be! Big hugs and warm greetings to you too my dear friend!! 💟

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      2. Keep safe and love to you!!

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      1. I love my visits to your blog. Your work is so good.

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  6. Such beautiful images .. warmth and wonder. Autumn is my favourite season 🙂

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  7. Sherry Felix says:

    Beautiful. I love your romantic images. Especially the gulls and shags.

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  8. sixpixx says:

    Stop all that non-creative ‘stuff’ – stop it now! Me too, finding it difficult to stop off at my blog but as long as I fall across your stuff from time to time (and then take half a day to look at it all haha). Lovely imagery – photos and words.

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    1. haha, thanks so much Six!!

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  9. Absolutely beautiful photos, Cybele. And I loved that piece of music. The oboe has such a soothing sound. Thank you for a few moments of tranquility 🙂

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  10. Renee Espriu says:

    Beautiful all…simply magical.

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  11. I love Morricone’s music, especially the sound tracks from those old Clint Eastwood movies and Once Upon a Time in the West. And that scene in The Mission where the priest (Jeremy Irons) plays his oboe for the natives is just exquisite! Have you ever seen any of those Morricone concerts (lots of them on YouTube) where opera singers sing the clarinet / oboe parts? Fantastic!

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    1. I will check that out Crow!!

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  12. DG MARYOGA says:

    Superb pictorial prose and pensive moodiness flirting with romanticism,Cybele dear.Wonderful photographic work imbued with illusionistic detail and shadowy dark hues of high aesthetic values.I’d spend hrs looking at the summer end’s lament and your majestic visual nocturne while listening to the heavenly,accompanying music.I synchronised it to your splendid images …
    Enjoy a beautiful & peaceful autumn day 🙂 xxx

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    1. oh thank you Doda!! So good to hear your poetic comments always! Will be popping over to visit your post!!

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  13. Moz Loordes says:

    Without the change of seasons, we’d be bored! Beautiful pictures, my friend, I especially like the song sparrow 🙂

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    1. and he was singing like mad there! Thanks Moz!!

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  14. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful images, Cybele – I especially like the swan nocturne. Very good to see you around again. A 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Adrian!! Good to hear from you!

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  15. Peter Nena says:

    I have been wondering where you vanished. I’m glad you are back, even if temporarily. The images write their own poems, sing their own tunes of quiet mystery. I love them all. Thanks.

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    1. oh thank you Peter, I’ve been bogged (not blogged) down lately and I’ll be over to visit you shortly!!

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  16. dw says:

    Beautiful post – beautiful music, art, and poetry – what more could one ask? Summer end’s lament reminded me of artwork by Tom Walker painted to “accompany” music written by a friend of mine, Michael Ferguson. The artwork is here: https://www.tomwalkerartist.co.uk/tournemire-voyage-9?lightbox=dataItem-izmpdozn. Mike’s music, with accompanying artwork is here: https://youtu.be/lr9kVnDO5Lg. I thought you might enjoy it.

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    1. many thanks for your visit and comment!! I will check out your links!

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    2. oh just beautiful!! I visited the links! I love the youtube video!

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      1. dw says:

        I’m glad you enjoyed them. I see similarity between how you and Tom work with light – beautiful.

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  17. Anita says:

    Beautiful, moving pictures. I love them!
    Looking forward to seeing you consistently whenever you can manage it! (And thank you for your visits. I appreciate them.) Meanwhile, these little doses of your magical pictures will keep me running. ☺

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    1. aww thanks so much my friend!!

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  18. Mysterious and striking images, especially enjoyed the graceful leaves dancing in a sort of merry exit.

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    1. ahh thanks Sally!! We had such a hot summer I think the leaves will be quite spectacular.

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  19. sedge808 says:

    wow.
    I like your post processing

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    1. I’m pleased you think so Gavin!!

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  20. Maverick ~ says:

    You’ve captured the mood of the season beautifully.

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    1. Yay, thanks so much Maverick!!

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  21. disperser says:

    Take care of yourself and we’ll be here whenever you visit and when you eventually return.

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    1. oh you are sweet and kind Emilio!! I’m not leaving, just painfully slow this last while, dealing with a lot of c–p!! (fill in the blanks lol)

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    2. disperser says:

      Yeah, handling some -ar- of our own here.

      Sometimes I wish there were no people . . . but then, who would read our blogs? I suppose we take the good c–p with the bad -ar-.

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      1. indeed lol!! Thanks again Emilio!!

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  22. Gabriel’s Oboe is a piece of music I love. So beautiful and so are your images. Autumn is putting on her finest coat forsure in these. Thank you my darling. Happy Autumn to you

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    1. oh blessings flying your way Shey!! I’ve had a strange year! Thank you so much and I’ll be popping over to visit you ( your blog) but hopefully Scotland next year!! 😀

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      1. Yay xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  23. How nice that your sister is only an hour away and by the sea! Your images are lovely, and dreamy.

    I hope you are having fun diversions. 🙂 Stay well and safe! xx

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    1. thanks Deb, it’s been a tough year but I’m hanging in there!! 🙂

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      1. Hang in my shining star x

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  24. Amy says:

    Beautifully expressed of the season change through your exquisite photos and words. 💖🍁💓🍂

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    1. thank you so much for your lovely words Amy!!

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  25. sheldonk2014 says:

    My door is always open Cybele
    Prayers and blessings
    Big hugs and light
    As Sheldon Always

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    1. blessings back at you dear Sheldon, thanks! I know you understand these pits and stumbles!!

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      1. sheldonk2014 says:

        Yes I do
        Take care
        And don’t
        Forget to
        Call

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      2. you too my dear Sheldon!! I will keep in touch!

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      3. sheldonk2014 says:

        Thank you Cybele

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  26. Magic in words and pictures Cybele – I love the seabirds!

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    1. thank you so much Andrea! I’ll be over to visit shortly!!

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  27. Omigosh, these beautiful photos combined with that beautiful music, I am moved. I can’t even begin to pick a favorite — they’re all my favorite. In spite of my aversion to cold weather, autumn is such a wonderful time. I hope all is well with you and yours. Hugs, my friend. 🙂

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    1. Hello my dear friend, thank you! Sorry I’ve been slow to respond to everything these days. I hear you about the fall and I really didn’t want summer to go this year!!

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  28. Sue says:

    Love your visual nocturne, Hannah, and glad to hear you are still dipping into people’s blogs. Take care, and look forward to a time when you post more…

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    1. thanks so much Sue! I’ll be around for sure!

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