closing salvo

October 26, 2020  •  7 Comments

This year's autumn in northern New Mexico has been beautiful and dramatic, and was extended by warmer than usual weather.  But a strong storm currently ripping across the landscape from west to east is firing a closing salvo at the season with high winds and graupel/groppel in our neighborhood. Left in its wake is a gentle hush on the land, lovingly encouraging winter with white gloves.  

Today's blog has what will be some of the final autumnal photographs I shoot this year - assorted still life images featuring graupel.  It really sets the scene for some interesting abstract shots, including the one below with aspen leaves in water.

Asian flare lantern with a dusting on rocks 


Nothing like a pumpkin with graupel sprinkles on top

Pumpkins on aspen trunks


This Sunday, November 1 at 2 a.m., daylight saving time comes to a close in the United States. Happy Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

Thanks to Veronica, Kay, Steve, Peggy, TTT, Barbara, Susie, Christina, Connie, Larry J., Wayne, Lisa, Catherine, Bill & Sue, and Ingrid for your comments this week!

until next Monday,


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Love the frozen in Graupel autumn leaves!
Catherine Sobredo(non-registered)
Simply exquisite, Daryl! To be treasured! A grand finale to autumn!
Steve Immel(non-registered)
I don't know what to praise more, the gorgeous images or the finely honed prose. "Left in its wake is a gentle hush on the land, lovingly encouraging winter with white gloves." Holy smokes! Looks like you got the turn of phrase memo and the game is on. More to be said on the writer's craft under separate cover.

You've nobly welcomed the onset of winter with this set of photographs. Graupel, by any spelling, leaves a cane sugar dusting that hints of December and the sweet taste of winter to come.
Daryl, you manage to creatively frame some of the most splendid scenes I've ever seen. Such beauty. Enjoy the snow and all its wonder.
Those are lovely Daryl!! Really capture the feel of this cold weather and fall colors!
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