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The Acers in September

September Acers

After the green of the willows in the woods, these acers round the little pond demonstrate the vibrancy of a different part of the spectrum altogether. These are colours that I love to use when painting. The creator of the garden was told that acers would not flourish this far north, so since he loved the plants, he set out to proved them wrong.  And did so. Up close the leaves of the acers are exquisite, but I wanted to make an image which showed the colour they create in the garden at this time of year when, apart from the spears of the gladioli, the flowers are fading in the garden, and the wildflowers have almost disappeared.

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September 29, 2013 - Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

14 Comments »

  1. I love your collage of the Acers! Beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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    Comment by Cathy Testa | September 29, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks, Cathy. Took a little time to set up, foraging through my recent photographs of the acers and trimming them down to size and fitting them all together, but makes it worth the time spent when I get a response such as yours.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | September 29, 2013 | Reply

      • I reblogged your post on this – and I hope you are okay with that. Some people don’t like reblogs. I also added you to my side bar as a blog I follow. C

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        Comment by Cathy Testa | October 2, 2013

      • I’m delighted that you reblogged my post, please feel free. I had quite a bit of traffic on my blog last night, probably because of your reblogging the acers post, so thanks very much for that, Cathy. It was a nice thing to do.

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        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 2, 2013

  2. Reblogged this on Container Crazy Cathy T and commented:
    Beautiful fall photos of maples (Acers) by a blogger named Cara Lockhart Smith from the Scottish Borders. Check out her paintings too – many focused on natural settings. Cathy T

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    Comment by Cathy Testa | September 29, 2013 | Reply

  3. Love the abstarct collection you presented… I love this tree and the colours.. Have a good week.

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    Comment by doronart | September 29, 2013 | Reply

    • It’s a kind of acknowledgement of Tony’s way with plants. I wanted to capture the colours before they fade. Enjoy your week too, Doron. Thanks for stopping by, it’s always good to hear from you.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | September 29, 2013 | Reply

      • Pleasure I enjoy your work thank you.

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        Comment by doronart | September 30, 2013

  4. Beautiful Fall colors, reminds me of some memorable times in New England.

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    Comment by Mary | September 30, 2013 | Reply

    • I have heard that New England is amazing at this time of year, you are lucky to have been there. I do love Tony’s acers, this was a kind of homage to all the affection he has put into his care of them. We are running out of space in the garden! Good to hear from you, Mary. I look forward to the next stage of the latest work of art.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | September 30, 2013 | Reply

  5. So vibrant! It almost hurts the eyes.

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    Comment by LaVagabonde | October 7, 2013 | Reply

    • I wanted to capture the acers before they faded. Good to hear from you, thanks very much for your comment.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 7, 2013 | Reply

  6. Japanese Maples in the fall are one of life’s simple pleasures as far as I’m concerned….

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    Comment by seventeensounds | October 21, 2013 | Reply

    • Yes, beautiful trees… I have been out today looking at the bright yellow autumn leaves set against the slightly pinkish-brown earth of Berwickshire. In a week or so they may be gone, especially if we have a high wind, but for a brief moment they are stunning…

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 21, 2013 | Reply


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