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looking for autumn

October 21, 2009

book leaf
table set
autumn_dip
dia_0552
pattern_dip
leaves_dip

top 2 photos are mine.
next 2 photos: on the left, untitled by alana davis; on the right, untitled by steph parke
next photo is mine.
plaid photo on the left is from secret forts
the rest of the images are mine, from my archives.

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i’ve had trouble finding autumn lately. work is too busy, getting ready for my move takes up most of my spare time, and i’m trying to pack in as much as i can before i head to london.

this means that i haven’t been cooking much (or, at all) in my kitchen, which i miss terribly. i need an afternoon spent chopping apples for apple crisp or a pie. i’d like some time to make squash soup.

and i haven’t spent any time looking for the signs of autumn – changing leaves and light, wood smoke and wool. the top photo above was taken at the beginning of september, when this season felt so far away. it was a very warm weekend, and i picked up a single red leaf on the street. it seemed out of place, so i tucked it into my book and snapped a photo later that day. i think i need to take some time to notice the colors of this season, and i need to take a walk on a clear day.

so bear with me as i try to find my footing and face this transition period head-on. the mosaic of images above will help, and an imminent break at work should give me the time i need. i did buy some winesap apples and a cider doughnut yesterday, and i’m listening to j tillman’s new album (perfect for this time of year, i think). i’m going to look for autumn, and i’ll be back to share what i find, soon.

13 Comments
  1. October 21, 2009 10:45 am

    brian if you feel like taking a jump in the leaves, you can head on over to our place :)

  2. October 21, 2009 11:04 am

    good luck on your hunt!

  3. Adi permalink
    October 21, 2009 11:07 am

    Autumn is my favourite time of year ,those pictures are right on the money ! The food , fireplaces ,sitting in your favourite chair in snuggly thermals , amazing light and colours …i adore it :) you might get a few good days when you get to London mid November – it’s hard to beat a stroll around London on a crisp bright sunny Winters day. Today i’m making : http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/10/apple-cider-doughnuts/

    Good luck with your move to blighty.

  4. October 21, 2009 11:59 am

    oh you’ll catch it. i was feeling the same way last week so i made some time on sunday, grabbed a coffee and went out for an hour with my pentax. it wasn’t long, but it was enough.

  5. marthasnail permalink
    October 21, 2009 12:41 pm

    i think cider doughnuts are a damn fine start. hope you find some time for the things you want to squeeze in before london. looking forward to seeing what you find.

  6. October 21, 2009 12:51 pm

    Thanks for the Secret Forts tip. What a fun blog.

    And thanks, as always, for your awesome photos.

  7. Liz permalink
    October 21, 2009 1:52 pm

    what book are you reading?

  8. October 21, 2009 6:32 pm

    The plaid shirts kill me.

  9. October 21, 2009 8:34 pm

    Its autumn here in the mountains, Brian. Hope you find your autumn there. I posted some fall photos. Maybe that will get you in the fall spirit.

    Your last two archive photos are great.

  10. Leigh. permalink
    October 21, 2009 8:58 pm

    j. tillman is incredibly perfect for autumn.

  11. October 21, 2009 10:03 pm

    yes autumn colours, so pretty!
    tokyo is still very green, we’re having a very warm october this year I might have to wait for another month or so before they all turn yellow and red and beautiful!
    and did i hear you’re moving to london!?!? how charming!!!!! so looking forward to seeing london through your lens ;)

  12. October 22, 2009 3:56 am

    beautiful photo patchwork! i especially like the plaid photo!

  13. October 22, 2009 4:01 am

    i meant the carpet one :)

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