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Weeks 11 & 12: Watch summer bend to fall’s embrace

The final, full-on hug.

Winter is at the door.

The above photos (left and right) were taken Nov. 15 (Week 12) and Nov. 8 (Week 11).

Above photos (left to right) were taken Nov. 1 (Week 10); Oct. 25 (Week 9); Oct. 18 (Week 8); and Oct. 11 (Week 7).

Autumn begins to show its colors in this Missouri park
Week 6; Taken Oct. 4, 2020 at 9:49 a.m. | We got out later in the morning for this pic. The mid-morning light definitely has a different cast.
Missouri park early morning in autumn
Week 5; Taken September 27, 2020 at 7:49 a.m. Overall, the photo has slightly less green this week. There’s a bit more yellow in the leaves overhead.

Missouri park early morning in autumn
Week 4; Taken September 20, 2020 at 8:05 a.m. There are (in an ever-so-slight amount) a few more leaves on the ground.
Autumns begins to turn the colors in this Missouri park
Week 3; Taken September 13, 2020 at 7:47 a.m.
Indian summer in a Missouri park
Week 2; Taken September 6, 2020 at 7:33 a.m.
Summer still holds this park setting in a bright embrace
Week 1; Taken August 30, 2020 at 8:50 a.m.

Every Sunday morning, my husband and I take a walk through our local city park in Bolivar, Missouri. Near the back of the park acreage is this idyllic scene in the pictures above.

I’ve always thought this scene was especially pretty, although I’m not sure why there’s a lectern facing the trees. Perhaps the trees need a “talking to” every so often?

The idea struck me to take a photo of this setting, and then on each subsequent Sunday morning at about the same time, take another and add it to the post. Doing this would allow us to watch the seasons change in a minuscule amount from week to week.

On another note: I am not adjusting any filters on these photos.

Observe the fairest of the seasons…

If you’re like me and believe that fall is the fairest of the seasons, become a follower to view my weekly post to see the latest incremental seasonal changes. Check out my blog for travel stories and other narrative works.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to click like and become a follower for more posts.

Marilyn Yung | Her Writing Portfolio and Blog
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Weeks 9 & 10: Watch summer bend to fall’s embrace

Moving into November…

Above photos (left to right) were taken Nov. 1 (Week 10); Oct. 25 (Week 9); Oct. 18 (Week 8); and Oct. 11 (Week 7).

Autumn begins to show its colors in this Missouri park
Week 6; Taken Oct. 4, 2020 at 9:49 a.m. | We got out later in the morning for this pic. The mid-morning light definitely has a different cast.
Missouri park early morning in autumn
Week 5; Taken September 27, 2020 at 7:49 a.m. Overall, the photo has slightly less green this week. There’s a bit more yellow in the leaves overhead.

Missouri park early morning in autumn
Week 4; Taken September 20, 2020 at 8:05 a.m. There are (in an ever-so-slight amount) a few more leaves on the ground.
Autumns begins to turn the colors in this Missouri park
Week 3; Taken September 13, 2020 at 7:47 a.m.
Indian summer in a Missouri park
Week 2; Taken September 6, 2020 at 7:33 a.m.
Summer still holds this park setting in a bright embrace
Week 1; Taken August 30, 2020 at 8:50 a.m.

Every Sunday morning, my husband and I take a walk through our local city park in Bolivar, Missouri. Near the back of the park acreage is this idyllic scene in the pictures above.

I’ve always thought this scene was especially pretty, although I’m not sure why there’s a lectern facing the trees. Perhaps the trees need a “talking to” every so often?

The idea struck me to take a photo of this setting, and then on each subsequent Sunday morning at about the same time, take another and add it to the post. Doing this would allow us to watch the seasons change in a minuscule amount from week to week.

On another note: I am not adjusting any filters on these photos.

Observe the fairest of the seasons…

If you’re like me and believe that fall is the fairest of the seasons, become a follower to view my weekly post to see the latest incremental seasonal changes. Check out my blog for travel stories and other narrative works.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to click like and become a follower for more posts.

Marilyn Yung | Her Writing Portfolio and Blog
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Week 8, Oct. 18: Watch summer bend to fall’s embrace

Moving into mid-autumn…

Autumn park in Bolivar, Missouri
Week 8; Taken Oct. 18, 2020 at 9:19 a.m. | Timing and sunshine is everything. The colors are muted here compared to Week 7. Also, I really expected there to be fewer leaves on the trees in this picture, since it had been so windy earlier in the week.
Autumn leaves are turning in this photo taken last week.
Week 7; Taken Oct. 11, 2020 at 10:36 a.m. | Again this week, we took our walk a little later in the morning, since I still wasn’t feeling 100% after my bout with Covid. Hopefully, we’ll get out around 7:30 tomorrow morning. Feeling all better now.
Autumn begins to show its colors in this Missouri park
Week 6; Taken Oct. 4, 2020 at 9:49 a.m. | We got out later in the morning for this pic. The mid-morning light definitely has a different cast.
Missouri park early morning in autumn
Week 5; Taken September 27, 2020 at 7:49 a.m. Overall, the photo has slightly less green this week. There’s a bit more yellow in the leaves overhead.
Missouri park early morning in autumn
Week 4; Taken September 20, 2020 at 8:05 a.m. There are (in an ever-so-slight amount) a few more leaves on the ground.
Autumns begins to turn the colors in this Missouri park
Week 3; Taken September 13, 2020 at 7:47 a.m.
Indian summer in a Missouri park
Week 2; Taken September 6, 2020 at 7:33 a.m.
Summer still holds this park setting in a bright embrace
Week 1; Taken August 30, 2020 at 8:50 a.m.

Every Sunday morning, my husband and I take a walk through our local city park in Bolivar, Missouri. Near the back of the park acreage is this idyllic scene in the pictures above.

I’ve always thought this scene was especially pretty, although I’m not sure why there’s a lectern facing the trees. Perhaps the trees need a “talking to” every so often?

The idea struck me to take a photo of this setting, and then on each subsequent Sunday morning at about the same time, take another and add it to the post. Doing this would allow us to watch the seasons change in a minuscule amount from week to week.

On another note: I am not adjusting any filters on these photos; however, I do sharpen them just a bit in my iPhone camera app.

Observe the fairest of the seasons…

If you’re like me and believe that fall is the fairest of the seasons, become a follower to view my weekly post to see the latest incremental seasonal changes. Check out my blog for travel stories and other narrative works.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to click like and become a follower for more posts.

Marilyn Yung | Her Writing Portfolio and Blog
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Week 7, Oct. 11: Watch summer bend to fall’s embrace

Back in the groove now, thank you.

Autumn leaves are turning in this photo taken last week.
Week 7; Taken Oct. 11, 2020 at 10:36 a.m. | Again this week, we took our walk a little later in the morning, since I still wasn’t feeling 100% after my bout with Covid. Hopefully, we’ll get out around 7:30 tomorrow morning. Feeling all better now.
Autumn begins to show its colors in this Missouri park
Week 6; Taken Oct. 4, 2020 at 9:49 a.m. | We got out later in the morning for this pic. The mid-morning light definitely has a different cast.
Missouri park early morning in autumn
Week 5; Taken September 27, 2020 at 7:49 a.m. Overall, the photo has slightly less green this week. There’s a bit more yellow in the leaves overhead.
Missouri park early morning in autumn
Week 4; Taken September 20, 2020 at 8:05 a.m. There are (in an ever-so-slight amount) a few more leaves on the ground.
Autumns begins to turn the colors in this Missouri park
Week 3; Taken September 13, 2020 at 7:47 a.m.
Indian summer in a Missouri park
Week 2; Taken September 6, 2020 at 7:33 a.m.
Summer still holds this park setting in a bright embrace
Week 1; Taken August 30, 2020 at 8:50 a.m.

Every Sunday morning, my husband and I take a walk through our local city park in Bolivar, Missouri. Near the back of the park acreage is this idyllic scene in the pictures above.

I’ve always thought this scene was especially pretty, although I’m not sure why there’s a lectern facing the trees. Perhaps the trees need a “talking to” every so often?

The idea struck me to take a photo of this setting, and then on each subsequent Sunday morning at about the same time, take another and add it to the post. Doing this would allow us to watch the seasons change in a minuscule amount from week to week.

On another note: I am not adjusting any filters on these photos; however, I do sharpen them just a bit in my iPhone camera app.

Observe the fairest of the seasons…

If you’re like me and believe that fall is the fairest of the seasons, become a follower to view my weekly post to see the latest incremental seasonal changes. Check out my blog for travel stories and other narrative works.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to click like and become a follower for more posts.

Marilyn Yung | Her Writing Portfolio and Blog
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Week 6, Oct. 4: Watch summer bend to fall’s embrace

We interrupt this series for a case of COVID-19.

I missed a week. Last Sunday, I didn’t get around to showing my latest weekly photo due to a case of COVID-19. My bout with the sickness from 2020, the year that just keeps “giving,” began with a low-grade fever on Tuesday, Sept. 29. My fever diminished a couple of days later, followed by extreme aches and muscle pains, followed by allergy-like symptoms shortly thereafter, followed by loss of taste and smell just night before last. And so it goes; fortunately, no more serious issues have arisen.

I’ll be posting again tomorrow, but wanted to add last Sunday’s photo before then. I’ll explain this little project below the photos, so keep scrolling if you’re a little confused.

Autumn begins to show its colors in this Missouri park
Week 6; Taken Oct. 4, 2020 at 9:49 a.m. | We got out later in the morning for this pic. The mid-morning light definitely has a different cast.
Missouri park early morning in autumn
Week 5; Taken September 27, 2020 at 7:49 a.m. Overall, the photo has slightly less green this week. There’s a bit more yellow in the leaves overhead.
Missouri park early morning in autumn
Week 4; Taken September 20, 2020 at 8:05 a.m. There are (in an ever-so-slight amount) a few more leaves on the ground.
Autumns begins to turn the colors in this Missouri park
Week 3; Taken September 13, 2020 at 7:47 a.m.
Indian summer in a Missouri park
Week 2; Taken September 6, 2020 at 7:33 a.m.
Summer still holds this park setting in a bright embrace
Week 1; Taken August 30, 2020 at 8:50 a.m.

Every Sunday morning, my husband and I take a walk through our local city park in Bolivar, Missouri. Near the back of the park acreage is this idyllic scene in the pictures above.

I’ve always thought this scene was especially pretty, although I’m not sure why there’s a lectern facing the trees. Perhaps the trees need a “talking to” every so often?

The idea struck me to take a photo of this setting, and then on each subsequent Sunday morning at about the same time, take another and add it to the post. Doing this would allow us to watch the seasons change in a minuscule amount from week to week.

On another note: I am not adjusting any filters on these photos; however, I do sharpen them just a bit in my iPhone camera app.

Observe the fairest of the seasons…

If you’re like me and believe that fall is the fairest of the seasons, become a follower to view my weekly post to see the latest incremental seasonal changes. Check out my blog for travel stories and other narrative works.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to click like and become a follower for more posts.

Marilyn Yung | Her Writing Portfolio and Blog
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Week 5, Sept. 27: Watch summer bend to fall’s embrace

Survey the changing season with me every Sunday

Week 5; Taken Sept. 27, 2020 at 7:49 a.m. | Overall, the photo has slightly less green this week. There’s a bit more yellow in the leaves overhead.
Week 4; Taken September 20, 2020 at 8:05 a.m. There are (in an ever-so-slight amount) a few more leaves on the ground.
Week 3; Taken September 13, 2020 at 7:47 a.m.
Week 2; Taken September 6, 2020 at 7:33 a.m.
Week 1; Taken August 30, 2020 at 8:50 a.m.
Francie at La Petite Gemme Prairie last December.


Every Sunday morning, my husband and I take a walk through our local city park in Bolivar, Missouri. Near the back of the park acreage is this idyllic scene in the pictures above.

I’ve always thought this scene was especially pretty, although I’m not sure why there’s a lectern facing the trees. Perhaps the trees need a “talking to” every so often?

The idea struck me to take a photo of this setting, and then on each subsequent Sunday morning at about the same time, take another and add it to the post. Doing this would allow us to watch the seasons change in a minuscule amount from week to week.

On another note: I am not adjusting any filters on these photos; however, I do sharpen them just a bit in my iPhone camera app.

Observe the fairest of the seasons…

If you’re like me and believe that fall is the fairest of the seasons, become a follower to view my weekly post to see the latest incremental seasonal changes. Check out my blog for travel stories and other narrative works.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to click like and become a follower for more posts.

Marilyn Yung | Her Writing Portfolio and Blog
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Week 4, Sept. 20: Watch summer bend to fall’s embrace

Survey the changing season with me every Sunday

Week 4; Taken September 20, 2020… There are (in an ever-so-slight amount) a few more leaves on the ground.
Week 3; Taken September 13, 2020
Week 2; Taken September 6, 2020
Week 1; Taken August 30, 2020

Every Sunday morning, my husband and I take a walk through our local city park in Bolivar, Missouri. Near the back of the park acreage is this idyllic scene in the pictures above.

I’ve always thought this scene was especially pretty, although I’m not sure why there’s a lectern facing the trees. Perhaps the trees need a “talking to” every so often?

The idea struck me to take a photo of this setting, and then on each subsequent Sunday morning at about the same time, take another and add it to the post. Doing this would allow us to watch the seasons change in a minuscule amount from week to week.

Observe the fairest of the seasons…

If you’re like me and believe that fall is the fairest of the seasons, become a follower to view my weekly post to see the latest incremental seasonal changes. Check out my blog for a travel stories and other narrative works.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to click like and become a follower for more posts.

Marilyn Yung | Her Writing Portfolio and Blog
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Week 3: Watch summer bend to fall’s embrace

Survey the changing season with me every Sunday

Week 3; Taken September 13
Week 2; Taken September 6, 2020
Week 1; Taken August 30, 2020

Every Sunday morning, my husband and I take a walk through our local city park in Bolivar, Missouri. Near the back of the park acreage is this idyllic scene in the pictures above.

I’ve always thought this scene was especially pretty, although I’m not sure why there’s a lectern facing the trees. Perhaps the trees need a “talking to” every so often?

The idea struck me to take a photo of this setting, and then on each subsequent Sunday morning at about the same time, take another and add it to the post. Doing this would allow us to watch the seasons change in a minuscule amount from week to week.

Observe the fairest of the seasons…

If you’re like me and believe that fall is the fairest of the seasons, bookmark this post and then check back every week, clicking your refresh button to see the latest photo that’s been added.


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Watch summer bend to fall’s embrace

Survey the changing season with me every Sunday

Week 3; Taken September 13
Week 2; Taken September 6, 2020
Week 1; Taken August 30, 2020

Every Sunday morning, my husband and I take a walk through our local city park in Bolivar, Missouri. Near the back of the park acreage is this idyllic scene in the pictures above.

I’ve always thought this scene was especially pretty, although I’m not sure why there’s a lectern facing the trees. Perhaps the trees need a “talking to” every so often?

The idea struck me to take a photo of this setting, and then on each subsequent Sunday morning at about the same time, take another and add it to the post. Doing this would allow us to watch the seasons change in a minuscule amount from week to week.

Observe the fairest of the seasons…

If you’re like me and believe that fall is the fairest of the seasons, bookmark this post and then check back every week, clicking your refresh button to see the latest photo that’s been added.


Thanks for reading! Feel free to click like and become a follower for more posts.

Marilyn Yung | Her Writing Portfolio and Blog
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Ode to the Hudson River School

Photo: M. Yung

Wherein I kinda-sorta compare my silly little iPhone 8 photo to six sumptuous American masterpieces

I took the above photo yesterday afternoon at the Pomme de Terre River about six miles east of Bolivar, Missouri. After I posted it on Instagram and Facebook, a friend commented that it reminded her of paintings from the Hudson River School. I vaguely knew what she meant, but I wasn’t exactly sure.

So I did what we all do when we’re a little fuzzy on a subject: I googled. Two seconds later, I found this entry on Wikipedia,

“The Hudson River School was a mid-19th century American art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters whose aesthetic vision was influenced by Romanticism. The paintings typically depict the Hudson River Valley and the surrounding area, including the CatskillAdirondack, and White Mountains.”

Wikipedia

I also read that two of the more prominent Hudson River School artists were Asher Brown Durand (1796-1886) and Thomas Cole (1801-1848).

That Wikipedia entry rang a bell. In my mind’s eye, I could hazily recall Kindred Spirits, the masterpiece by Durand I saw a few years ago in the permanent collection at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. (Read my article about this fabulous collection here: There are no crystal bridges at Crystal Bridges: and other thoughts about the best art museum you’ve probably never heard of).

If you can’t picture Kindred Spirits any better than I could, here it is:

Kindred Spirits | Asher Brown Durand | Public domain | That’s fellow artist Thomas Cole and poet William Cullen Bryant talking on a ledge in the Catskill Mountains.

I can see what my friend meant by her Facebook comment. A few things give my photo that “Hudson River School” look:

  • The colors… All those gorgeous greens and golds.
  • The composition… That tree trunk on the left. Those leaves and branches that gracefully frame the sky.
  • The subject matter… America the beautiful, in all her glory.

The Wikipedia article also noted that…

In general, Hudson River School artists believed that nature in the form of the American landscape was a reflection of God.

Wikipedia

Even though the various artists of the Hudson River School differed in their beliefs or devotion to Christianity, they apparently shared an inclination to record a pastoral, peaceful co-existence between mankind and nature. The paintings accomplish that goal. They are uplifting, calming, and restorative… just like that little bend in the Pomme de Terre.

Just for fun, let’s look at some other Hudson River School paintings by Durand…

A Stream in the Wood | 1865 | Asher Brown Durand | Public Domain
The Catskills | 1859 | Asher Brown Durand | Public Domain

And now, three by Thomas Cole…

View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, After a Thunderstorm a.k.a. The Oxbow | Thomas Cole | 1836 | Public Domain
View on the Catskill – Early Autumn | Thomas Cole | 1836 | Public Domain
Daniel Boone at His Cabin at Great Osage Lake | Thomas Cole | 1826 | Public Domain

Who says social media isn’t educational?

Yesterday, I was just taking a pretty picture down by the river east of Bolivar. However, thanks to my friend’s comment, I learned a little about 19th-century American art. Hopefully, with this blog post (by the way, blogs are another form of social media) you learned a little, too.


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