The changing of the seasons

All of a sudden, the greens aren’t as bright and vivid as they were. The wildflowers have stopped blossoming. Ducks, geese and yes, even crows are gathering up into larger groups before their migration away from the Alberta winter.

On my drives out of town what were once green crops of wheat are golden brown. Some crops still standing and swaying in the wind, others have only the stubble remaining waiting to be covered by the first snows of winter.

The poplars and willows that line the back country roads still have their leaves. They aren’t golden yellow yet. The first heavy frost of September will take care of that and set the color change in motion.

A few years ago we had an exceptionally warm September. I would usually take the last three weeks of September off to photograph around town and make a few trips to the mountains. I was used to seeing brilliant yellows in the mountains during that time. Because of the warmth the foliage never turned yellow, not like it usually does. Instead the leaves dried up, turn brown and fell off the trees and brushes. We had a very warm summer up here this year. Maybe that will happen again? No fall colors. I hope not.

Suddenly the days seem wintery short. We’re approaching autumnal equinox where day and night are of equal length and then, less and less daylight until December 21 when there are only about eight hours of daylight.

Yes the seasons are changing. There are new challenges and opportunities with every new day. Who knows? Maybe you’ll nail that zinger autumn photo that you had dreamed of.

Happy shooting,


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~ by Dan Jurak on September 3, 2012.

4 Responses to “The changing of the seasons”

  1. I love the mistiness of your photo. things are changing here on Vancouver Island as well. Autumn is definitely in the air. Hoping for Autumn colors as lovely as they were last year.

  2. @ Vicki, you’re so lucky on the island. So many beautiful and moody places.

  3. Dan your area looks green compared to here in Ohio. We have had very little rain, grass is brown and the corn is brown. We probably will not have any color this fall. Most of summer we ran about 37c. I think I mowed the grass once or twice. Given up photography here for the year but I did get to spend a week at a lighthouse as keepers on Lake Superior this past july. Used your suggestions for photos and boy they turned out great, at least I think so. Thank you much for your blog it sure helps me a lot and I am sure many others. Keep up the good work and happy shooting.


  4. @ Bruce, the photo with the post was from two weeks ago. Things have changed considerably. Where you’re having drought like conditions, there are places in Alberta that have had too much rain or more than is good for crops.

    Glad to hear that the lighthouse area photos turned out. There’s no magic or mystery to photography. It’s just practice and paying attention to what works for you and what doesn’t.

    Thank you for visiting and commenting,

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