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The view from my handlebars on a very frigid evening…

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Another view from my handlebars…

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This was the view before me on my very short commute to work this morning. Incredible, right? Magnificent. I was so glad and thankful to be on a bike for this. To be in the open and feel the cold air on my face…for my body to be chilled a little; to see this first hand.

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First Snow…

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Five Photos of Fall…

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The View from My Handlebars (on the first really chilly evening of the season)

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I had stopped out for a few drinks with a friend after work this evening. And afterwards was hesitant to run some intended errands, not only because of the beer consumption but mostly because of being ill prepared in dress for the chilly weather. Anyhow, I am really glad I did (as I usually am once I get on the bike). It felt so good to be in the brisk air in the evening. And I really needed to clear my head (about a few things not just from the beer). Anyhow, these are both images of Hoyt lake in Delaware park. It was so peaceful sitting there in the evening snapping these pics. Click either for a slightly larger view.

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A Few Things That I Saw While Riding My Bike This Evening…

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Four Photos of Autumn…

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Six Photos of Autumn…

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A few views from my handlebars…

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 Another incredibly beautiful evening to be on a bike. It was crazy busy today at work facing the stove so it felt especially good to be out in the open air. These photos are in chronological order from top to bottom; I shot them about 15 minutes apart. The above one is facing east and the two below face west as the sun set. Evenings like these really inspire me…

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Sometimes I just gotta use my feet…

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If you’ve been to this blog previously one of the things you know about me is that I like to ride bikes. A lot. But sometimes nothing will do except using my own two feet and walk. Today was just that day. Autumn is my favorite season of the year and the weather here in Western New York has been so incredibly beautiful this past week that when I had something to do this morning I didn’t want to waste a minute of this idyllic day. And so instead of hopping on a bike, I walked. Here’s a few photos I took a long the way.

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After the equinox…

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Autumn…

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“Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing touches to his picture, so I need an inner light, which I feel I never have enough of in the autumn.”
~Leo Tolstoy

Autumn has always been my favorite season. And yes, I realize that we are a couple weeks away from it’s official arrival, but these past couple days surly felt like it. It’s an introspective time for me; it always has been. I don’t know why, it just is. A sort of meditative melancholia, but in a good way (if that makes any sense). In the same way that spring brings renewal, I believe autumn does too, but in a different way. Things change…some things end and some begin. New schedules (my second year at seminary begins soon), new–or diminished–light in the sky, and a sort of preparation for things (both physically and spiritually) of what’s to come with the starkness of winter which will surely follow theses next few months. I had a sort of odd week at work, and a busy last couple of days, so I took a brisk and cleansing walk last night (which ended with stopping for a couple beers). It felt good to have the cool breeze on my face; it drizzled a little and that felt good as well. I could smell wood smoke in the air, and I too started a small but brief fire in my wood stove to take the chill off the house when I got home. The change of season feels good to me…needed. Anyhow, I thought I’d share these tow photos I took while walking; click either for a larger view.

“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.”
~Truman Capote

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Jack Frost…

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From My Front Porch…

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It’s interesting, I think, how these two photos were taken five minutes (or less) apart and from the same location but looking in different directions; the top photo is looking west while the bottom photo is looking south. But I’m getting ahead of myself.  I have the weekend off this week…the first in about a month. It feels great…two days in a row! But I had some reading and writing I needed to accomplish and that’s what I was doing when I looked out the window and saw the above scene. Knowing that skies like that usually only last a few minutes I took a break from my keyboard and grabbed my camera and went out on the front porch. I took the above photo then a couple minutes later then one below. A minute later the view pictured above had passed and it was officially dusk. I stood for a minute and welcomed the cold air on my skin. It was a nice break; I needed it. Anyhow, I thought I’d share.

A Few Views from My Handlebars

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It has been magnificently autumnal these past few days. Crisp and chilly air, and great weather to ride a bike in (you don’t sweat). Anyhow these photos were taken yesterday and today; all while I was out doing errands. They were also taken with my little $99 point-and-shoot camera which fits so nicely in my jacket pocket. Anyhow, the above photo was taken yesterday as I skirted Hoyt Lake on my way to the Curly Pedestrian Bridge. The bottom two were taken this evening. Both are looking west as the sun sets. In the bottom photo you can see Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

For a few previous views in this series, click here.

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More Autumn Colors…

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Photos from Moving Windows…

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I was in NYC yesterday for just 24 hrs. Took a plane in and a train out. Hence these photos. I took a 5:45am flight (geeze that is early for someone who is not particularly a morning person) and that’s an image above from the plane window. Awesome isn’t it. The sun coming up over the Atlantic Ocean as we approach NYC. I felt so inspired by this…a brand new day, a full day of opportunity. Is it just me or can you see the curvature of the earth? And the bottom three photos were taken from the train window as we sped through the Hudson Valley, which was in full autumn color. (Click any photo for a slightly larger view.)

Transformation: Five Photos of Season in Flux

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Fall Colors and a Few Comments…

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These two photos have nothing in relation to one another other than they represent fall colors (I think). And it’s interesting how the last of the harvest season–before everything turns grey for the winter–is such a burst of color. It’s as if the Universe is saying, “Here you go…have one last blast of color before I bring on winter.” The above photo was taken on the grounds of the Butler Mansion here in Buffalo. I was riding home last evening and the colors caught my eye as I rode past the gate (which was open), so I coasted in and snapped a few photos. Amazing isn’t it. I find it interesting–and it likely is what caught my eye–is that the trees around it are still green, making the one in the photo stand out that much more. The bottom photo is of the vegetables after I harvested and uprooted what was left of the garden in the front of the house (my annual delivery of firewood is deposited directly where the front garden grows, click here to see it). There’s still a small garden in the back of the house that has vegetables hanging on the plants. The green tomatoes in the picture are ripening on a kitchen counter as I type these words. I see tomato and pepper soup in my near future…

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Three Photos of Autumn Leaves…

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