17 thoughts on “the season’s setting”

    1. I feel the same way, Melissa. It’s been a few years since I’ve posted any of his paintings, I think I’ll start doing it more often. πŸ™‚

    1. And the light is lovely, too. Perfectly balanced between the brightness of midsummer and the dimness of midwinter. Happy Autumn Equinox, Kathy!

  1. How incredibly beautiful. We don’t have the earthy autumn tones in our trees here in our climate, but I know them from living my first thirteen years in a cooler climate west of Sydney. I adore the quote which likens the autumnal tones to the sunset, it’s perfectly matched to Van Gogh’s painting. Like Melissa, I always feel moved by Van Gogh’s art. <3

    1. I had never heard of Charles Conrad Abbott before I stumbled across this quote online. The metaphor of the little forest copying the sunset delighted me! I was surprised to learn that he was an American archaeologist, naturalist and writer. I’d love to read one of his books someday. πŸ™‚ (I’d probably find many more words to pair with Van Gogh!) β™‘

      1. I wonder if you would be able to find any of his books? I looked him up and he lived in the nineteenth century, so perhaps if his books are not online, they might be in second-hand book stores?

        1. So, I did find the book this quote came from! (And just ordered it as it didn’t cost too much.) πŸ™‚ Oh happy day!

  2. I’ve never seen this Van Gogh painting before and I like the quotation as well. Autumn is my favorite month, October especially, though I hate that this season is the harbinger of Winter, my least favorite season. (Sorry for such a late comment – I am quite far behind in Reader.)

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the pairing, Linda. πŸ™‚ I’m a big fan of the WikiArt website, and find all kinds of paintings I’ve never seen before. October is probably my favorite month, too. β™‘ Please don’t worry about “late” comments – they’re wonderful whenever they come in. πŸ™‚

      1. I’ve never been there to WikiArt and will have to take a look. Thanks for the suggestion Barbara. That Van Gogh was a first for me. OK, that’s good – I have been perpetually late since last weekend as I spent some time doing inside and outside chores. I stayed late tonight to do my Monday post (a too-long post about a new venue I visited in August and for which I had a lot of photos and narrative for those photos). I had done a quick draft the day I came home from that 8-mile trek. I don’t usually walk 8 miles, but I got lost in the woods, a first for me and I was not pleased with myself.

        1. 8 miles! I’m impressed! But it is definitely no fun to get lost in the woods, or anywhere else for that matter. We’ve been trying to catch up with chores and some much needed painting, too. Hope you enjoy whatever you might find at WikiArt. πŸ™‚

          1. I was fine with the miles as I often do 6 at least on the weekend, but it was getting very hot and I never carry water, especially if I have the big camera with me. I only take the DSLR on the weekend – the rest of the time I have the digital compact which I find easier to be honest. The butterflies on the orange flowers was with the digital compact point-and-show camera. So, I just never carry the water with me. I was angry at myself for going off on my own. It was a marked trail in the beginning and not clear at all where to go later. I am directionally challenged as to driving, even with directions or a map, I often will get lost. But I worked downtown for many years and took the bus so I never drove that much and just walked to the bus stop. My last two years of college I took the bus simply because it was more convenient. My car just turned 11 years old and has 7,800 miles on it. I did not get here until late again tonight as I was also doing chores after I returned from walking. It is not good getting here at 8:00 p.m. I kept my pedometer on when I got home and running around the house (a small house) I racked up another 1 1/2 miles. It is amazing how many steps we take in a day but today I was running up and downstairs so that is why.
            I am going to check out WiliArt. I had to take an art appreciation class many years ago as I needed two more credits for graduation and took that and a memory improvement class.
            Both legitimate classes, even the latter one.

          2. Getting lost is one of my specialties. But I “think” in pictures so if I have a map or a floorplan (I always get lost in hospitals and office buildings!) I’m fine, but verbal or written directions make no sense to me. If someone asks me for directions I have to draw them a map, I just can’t find the words to describe the route I’m seeing in my mind.

            That’s too bad you didn’t have water when you got lost! I suspect that’s why I carry my backpack on every walk, stuffed with water, bug repellent, purse, camera case, extra batteries, flashlight, facial tissues. Sometimes I think it’s a security blanket. πŸ™‚ But I have everything I could possibly need while keeping my hands free. Camera hangs around my neck. πŸ™‚

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