Autumn

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I love fall. It’s probably my favourite time of year.

No, not because of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I don’t actually like those.

Fall is my favourite time of year because of the colours and the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. Because it’s cold enough to wear a soft sweater, but not so cold that it hurts to spend more than a few minutes outside. Because I can sit inside with my fireplace lit, a hot drink in my hands and a book in my lap.

And the fact that I can buy these adorable little pumpkins at the grocery store? That’s just a bonus.

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Animal instinct

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It always surprises me a bit when animals don’t flinch at the sound of a camera’s shutter, especially when I’m as close to them as I was this little frog. The edge of my lens couldn’t have been more than a few inches from him, and yet he just sat calmly on the lip of the net while I clicked away.

As much as I love photographing animals, it can sometimes be frustrating. They tend not to be still for very long. They either want to run from or inspect the camera. Basically, they go ahead and follow their instincts.

Despite all of that, I still find it easier to photograph animals than people. It’s a lot less stressful, somehow. Plus, you get some utterly adorable pictures out of it.

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In bloom

I’m going to do something a little different with today’s photo post. Normally I would write up a little narrative, something for you to read between photos.
Not for these ones, though. I love these flower pictures, but I don’t really have much to say about them. So I’m just going to let them speak for themselves.

I hope you enjoy them.

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Something I need a little more of

SONY DSCFlowers are some of my favourite things to photograph, especially if I’m able to use my macro lens. I love how the edges of their petals are both sharp and soft, and the way the sleek┬ástem flows effortlessly into the flower’s base.

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Oddly, though, I almost never buy flowers for myself, so I rarely have the chance to photograph them. These ones were a surprise from my mom. She dropped them off one afternoon a few weeks ago, brightening my day.

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I really do need to buy myself flowers more often. If nothing else, they provide some beautiful pictures.

Sweet and sour

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I’m not generally a big fan of sour foods, but there’s something about lemons in baking that I just adore. Lemon Loaf was a regular entry in my baking rotation a few years back, and I still get a craving for it now and then.

Last week I had a particularly strong craving. But I also wanted something sweet to complement the sour. That’s where the strawberries came into play; a swirl of strawberries through the lemon loaf seemed like the perfect addition.

I’ll be posting the recipe next week, but for now I wanted to share this photo. It was my favourite photo from the batch I took for the recipe post; there are so many elements in it that I love. The fuzz on the strawberry leaves, the texture of each the strawberries and the lemon, the red against the yellow. It just makes me feel happy, for some reason.

Veins of a leaf

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I’m going to be honest here: I have no idea how this little plant is still alive. Well, half alive. Some of the stems appear to be dead, but others are flourishing. It’s surprising, considering how seldom I remember to water it.

Regardless, and despite my forgetting to water it, I’m quite happy this little plant is still growing. I like seeing it in my window. It’s like a little bit of springtime, even though we’re on the verge of winter.

Bad hair day

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Is it mean to say that about this little caterpillar? I hope not. Because his hair does seem to be a little all-over-the-place in these pictures.

This little guy was wandering around my container garden last weekend, so I thought I’d take the chance to get a few pictures of him. I think I may have spooked him, though. He stopped moving after the first couple of pictures, and didn’t start again until a few minutes after I’d stopped.

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I can’t decide which of these two pictures I like better, which is why they’re both here. They’re essentially the same, I know. But they were taken at different angles, and feature different details.

In the one at the top, for instance, you can almost make out the caterpillar’s mouth. But in this second one, you can see more of his pattern.

So, I don’t know. Which do you prefer?