Saturday Snapshot Oct. 4: Autumn

Living in the Prairies, I don’t get to see the kaleidoscope of Autumn colours as the East or the West coast. The fall plethora of fiery red foliage remains only a longing. Indeed, an Autumn road trip through the New England states has yet to be realized.

The default colour here is golden yellow with a dash of rusty orange. While less dramatic, I do feel a personal connection. I’ve learned to appreciate our Autumn… simple, crisp and clear, minimal glamour, not ostentatious. Above all else, we always have the big blue sky.

After attending TIFF in Toronto, I came home to the aftermath of a debilitating snowstorm. Power down, trails closed, thousands of trees destroyed. That was only the first week of September.



and bent. A Wabi-sabi moment:


Autumn eventually shows its beautiful side… golden leaves spread like wild fire:

Wild fire

Blue and yellow go well together:

Blue & Yellow 1

Blue & Yellow

Canada Geese take their leave:

Canada Geese

This young buck feels right at home:

Young Buck

But a most delightful find for me is spotting a host of Yellow-rumped Warblers still lingering at the pond, albeit the next day when I went back there, they were gone:

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Here’s one munching on a bug:

Warbler munching on bug

This one a little camera shy:

Shy one

How do I know they are Yellow-rumped Warbler? Here it is… the yellow rump:

Yellow rump

With this my first sighting of the Yellow-rumped Warblers—albeit hard to capture in photos—I’ve had a fruitful harvest.


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ALL PHOTOS on this post taken by Arti of Ripple Effects.



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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

35 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot Oct. 4: Autumn”

  1. What lovely little birds! I am always amazed at birdwatchers who can actually identifyuthe different types of warblers! Their markings are so confusing to me!


    1. Susan,

      Well, I just took the photos and when I uploaded them on my computer then I would attempt at ID them, check my bird book and websites. I know what birds I’d seen only after the fact… esp. with first sighting of anything. 😉


    1. Louise,

      The Canada Geese are much easier to photograph, unlike the smaller birds. I’ve had a hard time with these tiny Warblers, and they are so fast, and my bird lens, only 200 mm is def. not sufficient.


  2. I have a vivid picture in my mind of a Colorado mountainside covered in golden aspen (seen more than a decade ago). No other colors were needed. I’ll never forget that splash of beauty. So sad to see those bent and broken trees in your photos, but the lovely pictures of birds made me smile.
    Here’s the link to my snapshots: Cinque Terre.


    1. Sandra,

      You’re spot on in your mental picture. Those are exactly aspens and yes, we share similar prolixity to the Rocky Mountains with CO., albeit a thousand miles apart in latitudes.


  3. Well, I am shocked and dazzled. You live in a cruel world to have such a debilitating snow storm so early in the year. Bent may again stand; broken breaks the heart. But I love those yellows — when I was a kid, yellow was my favorite color, always pronounced “lellow.” And I loved the lellow trees. I still do — though perhaps not nearly so much as the fabulous shots of the yellow rumped warbler! Each and every one a gem. I hope you are putting these in a book! They deserve to see seen at leisure all together!


    1. Jeanie,

      Well, let’s just say we were surprised. I’ve seen snow in July, so… Mind you, the broken and bent branches are not so much the result of the wind, but the heavy wet snow from the storm. And isn’t it apt to think of brokenness and beauty, the Wabi-sabi notion again. We have many of such moments indeed in these past two years. And hey, you ought to come up here to Lake Louise to see some lellow trees. Here’s a little taste of what it’s like up here.


  4. Great nature shots, Arti. Up through last weekend it was still feeling a lot like summer here in NYC, but now that it’s October, the cooler weather is coming around. I’ll try to keep an eye peeled for tree leaves turning red.


  5. I especially like the photo that includes the split-rail fence, along with the yellow and blue. Do you have larches there, too? I’ve just learned about larches — we don’t have them — and they also provide some yellow. But they may be more a mountain tree.

    I saw my first really big flocks of white pelicans last week. I’ve got my fingers crossed that we get some geese this year, too. Perhaps with the drought eased, we’ll look like a more satisfactory landing spot to them.


    1. Linda,

      Since you asked, here’s a page from Huffington Post on Alberta’s Larches. The photo with the fence, those are Aspens. Larches are more orangey I think and they are magnificent. I’m sure you’d be much gratified just by looking at the photos in the link I’ve included here.

      And what a find, a host of Pelicans? Wonderful. We see Canada Geese a lot here, and yes, later, there will be traffic jam in the sky. 😉


  6. Stunning pics! Love the autumn colour (despite storm damage).

    Beautiful close ups of the animals too. I feel like I’ve been on the prairie from the other side of the world now!!


    1. Jean,

      Not up close. Couldn’t get up close, and they stayed still just for a split second and then they were gone. But yes, I was fortunate to be there at the right time that day.


    1. Stefanie,

      No, not ‘already’. That snow storm in Sept. just lasted a couple of days and since I came back from Toronto, the weather has been really nice, 65 – 68 F in the day. You can see from the photos of this post what kind of fall we’re having. Just beautiful.


  7. Unfortunately, all we have right now in the way of color is BROWN. Dead brown. This drought is killing us. I’ve never seen it so bad.


    1. Ti,

      We still have some golden leaves left, not many though, and slowly things are turning into brown, and after that, snow. At least you won’t get the white stuff. We usually have our first ‘normal’ snow come Nov.


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