30 October 2012

Seasons in Scandinavia: October in Norway


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October is a fiery month in Norway. The trees are brightly lit in the warm colors of the sunset and hay is being gathered quietly. The graceful magpies seem to become the only birds playing around in the yellow leaves. Apples are abundant and elks drop by in people's gardens to feast on them.

I seem to find more and more reasons to go out and photograph that most fleeting of seasons and the momentary colors of its dress. I wish I could keep the warmth of the stunning colors to make it through the cold winter. 

iron bridge in Sandvika, Norway
This iron bridge was painted by Claude Monet in 1895 in his painting "Sandvika, Norway"

heavenly skies in Norway
The skies are heavenly in October, probably because the reflect the beauty underneath.

birches in the wind
High winds and bleak skies happen too, though I try to avoid them.
barn and field
Idyllic view enhanced by the low sun.

bright yellow autumn leaves
The leaves seem to emit light!

Cracket chestnut on the tree
Wild chestnuts bring me back to my childhood years when we used to make tiny dolls with them.

red apples on a tree in Norway
Tasty red apples are usually left to rot under the trees.

autumn tree against the sky
I could watch this for hours. Look at the way the colors on the tree melt into one another!

How are you celebrating autumn?

20 comments:

  1. what great photos....thanks for sharing. I use to make "toys" from chestnuts also when I was little. :0)
    Debbi
    -yankeeburrowcreations

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    1. I keep such warm memories of that time! We used to use match sticks or tooth picks for legs and arms...

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  2. Gorgeous as usual! That farm is so charming.

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    1. Thank you, Paige. It's funny but this farm is almost in the middle of town!

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  3. Beautiful photos, once again! The colors of autumn are so stunning. Just beautiful. In autumn, I take the kids out for nature walks and we collect different leaves. We come home and make collages, or just compare all the differences - such a fun time of year.
    ~Kim
    2justByou.blogspot.com

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    1. Collecting leaves is a favorite activity of ours too. This year, for the first time I started scanning the leaves which we pressed for days. For me this is the perfect way to save the colors of autumn (apart from photography).

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  4. This is my favorite time of year, and I enjoyed see the beauty of Autumn from all over the world, via everyone's blogs. You photos are gorgeous, the tree in the last photo is very striking. Thanks for sharing.
    Valerie
    Everyday Inspired

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  5. Your first picture is just gorgeous!! And I really like the chestnut just about to pop open. Very neat! We had our first cold day today and I'm not prepared. I don't even have our winter clothes or scarves out! I need to hurry up!
    -Jamie
    http://chatterblossom.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Jamie. Funny, we too had our first cold, cold, cold today. We even had snow!

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  6. Oh what beautiful photos ... thank you for sharing them with us! I especially love the one of the wild chestnut ... what a brilliant shot. We spend a lot of time in the autumn foraging for items to store away for the winter. We've collected chestnuts, black walnuts and apples. The chestnuts and walnuts get frozen and the apples are dried for a nice snack. The only problem is that everything is so good we can't resist dipping in. :-)

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    1. I love boiled chestnuts! How do you prefer them? And dried apples - an all time favorite!

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  7. gorgeous!! recently had my first warm cider of the season! ;)

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  8. Gorgeous pictures! October is a month I love, even in California!

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  9. Gorgeous pictures! October is a month I love, even in California!

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  10. Great pictures, Sonya! My favorite is the first. I love the trees in October here in Washington state too.

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  11. Beautiful pictures! Love the wild chestnut shot especially!

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  12. I agree! I wish I could hold on to these colors too. I actually picked up a bunch of leaves that had fallen to press this year so I could do that in a small way. Gorgeous photos! xo

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