autumn memories on mom’s clothesline

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October 14, 2012: Autumn is extraordinarily beautiful in Canada, particularly in Quebec’s Eastern Townships where members of my family have lived since about 1963, and to which I returned in October 2011 to care for my mom.

One of my greatest joys during the year I lived with and cared for Mom in her own home was to photograph the natural beauty that surrounded us. I sometimes got up before she awoke and snapped images at dawn. When Carolyn was with us on weekdays, I escaped for long walks on nearby country roads with my iPhone and its self-contained camera close at hand.

The fall of 2012 has special significance for me. Here are some of the autumnal images that remind of that time and place:

 

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I discovered the autumn of life can be extraordinary too; difficult, yes, but captivating in its own way. It’s sad to see life fold in on itself, to witness living things shrivel, die and decay. But even close to the end there can be beauty, peace and vibrant colour. I know. I saw it, and I’m grateful.

Photographed September and October 2012; originally posted October 14, 2012.

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