october garden glow




I took these photos last evening as the golden hour descended upon the garden.  I normally photograph the garden in the early sunlight so these photos have a different feel to them.  As the sun sets this time of year, the light bounces off the trees in a way that you are familiar with wherever you live.






There is that lovely warm glow that doesn't happen in summer.



















There's nothing really that special about this town I live in.  It's sleepy compared to Los Angeles.  But there is something to a mundane existence that actually makes life here quite precious. I can't explain it but perhaps you know what I'm talking about.  I always come back to ordinary.  x


21 comments

  1. The end of summer light and sunsets and clearer skies in the dark morning have been so breathtaking. I am up the coast from you, the winds have made the sky extra clear and colorful.

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  2. The golden hour was loved by artists too and they tried to capture it in their paintings. I love these photos of your garden.
    After my husband retires, we plan on moving to a sleepy town, just as you describe your town. I am aching to get out of L.A. and slow down, it was okay when we were younger, but now forget it ... it's everything we don't want anymore. The mundane and ordinary is highly underrated :)

    D.

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  3. Hi Janet! Another lovely post from you! There's a lot to be said for how you explain your "sleepy" town! We live in Huntington Beach, Surf City USA! - so we have our beautiful beaches, great shopping, cultural activities & restaurants nearby. But when we close the gates to our garden, it is peaceful & serene & that's how we love it! Hugs to you, dear Janet! Katie St. Clair

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  4. Your garden is so lovely, especially in the autumn glow. I find it interesting that there is beauty in nature as it fades...my favorite time of the year. I drove home today from a visit with family in Ohio, including my 97 year old mil. She is as sharp as she ever was, & every inch a lady...such a sweet woman. The trees are almost in full color & today the sky was a clear blue with not one cloud...a wonderful day to drive 7 plus hours.

    I completely agree that a mundane life style is a gift...that describes my life now very well & I love it. In nice weather I can garden to my heart's content...or stop for time on my back porch with a book when I so desire. It's a good life.

    Anita ~ the cabin on the creek
    ...all is grace!

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  5. I do know what you're talking about. Your yard looks very secluded. I like seclusion/privacy. I tend to think of my home and yard as my oasis and a place to regroup/refresh (I figured this out about myself not that long ago).

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  6. Oh, how I love the Golden Hour, especially in the fall! Here in northern IL, there's not much greenery left though...what leaves are even left on the trees are vivid red, orange and yellow. Los Angeles...my son is moving there next month. He'll be moving in with his aunt. I'm heartbroken, but he wants to experience CA.

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  7. Janet, The golden hour is my favorite time of the day. I love our simple live here where we live. For excitement and craziness, I can go to the bigger cities. I like looking at different season pictures of our yard and surrounding area when winter is here with it's bleakness and snow. Blessings , xoxo, Susie

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  8. Beautiful images. I gravitate towards simple living as well. There's something peaceful about being content in the simple things life has to offer.
    Karen

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  9. Thank you, Janet. These lovely tranquil photos of your garden have soothed my soul after a long day here in Vancouver. I don't think that "mundane"and "ordinary" are synonymous but for sure it's the simple rituals and routines that sustain us and make life beautiful. I often think of "Our Town". Thanks for blessing us today. xo karen

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  10. Love these photos Janet and I also love the light this time of year. It's even special up here in Canada, a warm glow, an aspect of The Turn as we call it: winter is coming and this is our last hurrah before the cold.
    I love ordinary slow places the best. I grew up in a very small town and I could never live in a city now, way too hectic. We're moving on Tuesday to our quieter house with a wonky garden and I just want to hang out there and slow down, enjoy the ordinary as you say. Sending love to you!!! Thanks for these lovely photos of your garden. xxx

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  11. Your garden looks like Paradise. Your post today made me think of this quote I saw on IG yesterday, Steinbeck(?)- "She was an adventurer at heart; but oh how she loved drinking this tea from this mug in this chair. Oh, how she loved to be home."

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  12. I also find comfort in ordinary, and often wish for more quiet times. And your garden looks like a "secret garden".

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  13. the best words. simple. ordinary.
    and the special 'golden hour' as a backdrop.
    just the perfect combination. thank you for sharing your life. xo

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  14. Beautiful! What kind of tree is it that's leaves look like ferns?

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    1. I think that tree with the fern-like leaves may be a Brazilian Pepper Tree (sometimes mistakenly called a California Pepper Tree because it was so commonly planted around here a century ago). It's got fabulous red berries around Christmas time that are great in wreaths and other holiday decorations! Now days it's considered to be a bit invasive, so I haven't seen anyone planting one for a LONG time; but the old ones are still around.
      Garden Goddess

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  15. Beautiful, tranquil photos! Up here in Canada, fall is more advanced, the maples are still golden and flaming red, but the leaves are starting to fall. Soon it will be a very tranquil time...

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  16. Ordinary days and a peaceful garden💚🌿

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  17. Fall is my favorite time of year. Things have slowed down from the summer but with the excitement of the holidays coming soon. I love the cozy feel of being home as it's getting dark earlier.
    Your home and garden are so beautiful.

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  18. Fall is my favorite time of year. Things have slowed down from the summer but with the excitement of the holidays coming soon. I love the cozy feel of being home as it's getting dark earlier.
    Your home and garden are so beautiful.

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