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gold in its pocket

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” – Jim Bishop

©DianeMSchuller Australian Shepherd - "Pearl"


©DianeMSchuller Australian Shepherd - Austin


I thought it was time Pearl and Austin had some ‘face time’ so here they are in golden autumn splendour — inside a pocket of gold. Both images were taken in the same spot within minutes of one another. I desaturated the image of Austin a tad, then added a texture which is why it has a different feel to the one of Pearl.

On Friday a few of us ladies went to the movies together. The golf club a few blocks away always brings in TIFF movies for fall and winter. They call it Beach Flicks and the debut movie for the season was “The Sapphires” — if you get a chance to see it, it was fun, with great music and heartwarming all at the same time (music such as Soul Man, I Can’t Help Myself  (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch), I Heard It Through the Grapevine, and What a Man). We all be-bopped out of the movie when it was over. The Globe and Mail‘s Michael Posner summed it up quite well, “You could drive an Abrams tank through the film’s plot holes, but you’ll likely be too busy enjoying yourself to bother.” What I love is getting to see a decent movie, yet being able to walk instead of drive. It’s been quite foggy lately so the fog had rolled in as thick and heavy as eiderdown by the time the movie ended. The moisture on my face on the walk home felt so soft and I couldn’t help but inhale gallons of that comforting sea air.

Fog Trivia. Not all fog is created equal: there’s Radiation fog, Sea fog, Ground fog, Advection fog, Steam fog (also called evaporation fog), Precipitation fog, Upslope fog, Valley fog, Ice fog, Freezing fog and Artificial fog. (source, Farmers’ Almanac).

“In nature, everything has a job. The job of the fog is to beautify further the existing beauties!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

What do you love about your community at this time of year?

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lisa - October 22, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Austin and Pearl are so beautiful, Diane.
Those sweet little faces just melt my heart.

The movie sounded like fun, and yes, how nice to be able to walk there. I would like that because then I would not feel so bad about eating “movie popcorn” which I just LOVE! 🙂

I never knew this about fog. I never really thought about it, beyond how much I like the fog. Really interesting, and thank you so much for sharing!

Sherry G. - October 22, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Oh Diane, these images of your dogs are just exquisite. The golden background lends them such a warm, dreamy look. And Pearl and Austin are so beautiful. Curious as to where their names came from…I know you’re not always the biggest fan of textures on photos but its sure works wonderfully well on Austin. The background shimmers. That’s neat that you can see TIFF flicks close to home. I went to TIFF a few years ago and it was one of the most memorable movie experiences I ever had. I’d love to do it again! And as for fog, we’ve had a bit of it lately here and I was so intrigued to learn that there were so many different kinds. Thanks for enlightening me!

cheryl - October 24, 2013 - 5:07 pm

I am so glad you have your own hydrangea now…they bring such joy all summer long and into the late fall…I’m surprised you have bugs on yours…I have never had any and I bring them in the house all the time…they last so long…
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment..
Your dogs are really so sweet and you captured them so well.

Candace - October 24, 2013 - 8:47 pm

Your dogs are so beautiful! And that golden background is so rich and warm. What I like about my community this time of year is that it has finally cooled down, and there are so many events outdoors, festivals, concerts, patio dining, that there is always something to do and somewhere to go or one can just enjoy the weather at home.

Laurie @ pride in photos - October 29, 2013 - 5:48 am

These two are SO precious!! You did such an amazing job processing these in such a fall manner.