Saturday, November 24, 2012

Fall and Colors (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is one of my favorite classical musical works -- this despite my having been born in a part of the world where we officially only have two seasons: rainy and dry (although, if truth be told, it's been known to rain during the "dry" season too -- so, really, Malaysia's seasons should be called heavy rainy and rainy ones).  

And yes, I do reckon it helps me to appreciate the Italian Baroque composer's set of violin concertos (more) that I have spent time in countries (notably Britain -- where I first set my eyes on beautiful autumn leaves and found out how fun and pleasurable it can be to walk through thick piles of fallen autumn leaves! -- and the USA) that do indeed have spring, summer, autumn (or fall, as the Americans call it) and winter.

Sub-tropical Hong Kong also has four distinct seasons of the year -- and each year, I find myself most eagerly awaiting the arrival of autumn (or fall).  What with the territory's summers being on the long as well as hot and super humid side, the cooler and drier weather that signals that the onset of fall really comes as a wonderfully refreshing relief.

Of course, it'd be even more lovely if the fall here in Hong Kong also offered up the sight of fall foliage with resplendent colors like those found in places like Vermont. Instead, I "just" have to content myself with enjoying the colors of the golden hour and sunsets that can seem especially beautiful in the fall. (Put another way: surely it's not coincidental that I took all the photos in this week's entry for Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunts over three consecutive weeks last fall? ;b)


Carver said...

I love the bronze colors in the shots. I also love The Four Seasons and we usually listen to it during Easter dinner for some reason. Not sure why but it works out that way. I would have trouble living somewhere that didn't have four distinct season. I love the seasonal changes.

MaR said...

Great shots as always. I miss the changing of colors since I live in a pine tree area...they are green all year 'round.

fall ~ colors

Gattina said...

Love the silvery color of the last picture !

chica said...

Fotos maravilhosas e lindas palavras! beijos,lindo fim de semana!chica

YTSL said...

Hi Carver --

Funny that you listen to The Four Seasons during Easter dinner! Incidentally, Spring's my favorite part of the work. :)

Hi Mar --

Surely you must have some trees in your area that aren't evergreens? Anyway, hope your place smells great. :)

Hi Gattina --

Me too! :b

Hi Chica --

Thanks for your kind words -- Obrigado por suas amáveis ​​palavras. :)

Felipa Monteverde said...

Great photos, it is so beautiful the moonlight over the sea!

LifeRamblings said...

I like Vivaldi's Spring the best out of his Four Seasons. Autumn is the most beautiful season for me and i was glad i visited South Korea recently to enjoy the breathtaking colors of fall. the last photo is gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Another Vivaldi fan here - I am looking forward to hearing some of his music played live when I am in Venice in few weeks.

Beautiful shots - as always they are perfect fro the theme!

Have a super weekend.

Susan Demeter said...

These are all beautiful pics. :)

YTSL said...

Hi Felipa --

Actually, that's not moonlight but sunlight! I.e., the photos were taken before nightFALL... ;b

Hi Life Ramblings --

I'm with you -- in both your Vivaldi and seasonal faves. :)

Hi JDeQ --

I'm a big fan of hearing classical music live. So good luck in hearing the Four Seasons played live -- something that I've had the good fortune to experience more than once now since moving to Hong Kong. :)

Hi Sue --

Thanks, am glad you think so! :)

peppylady (Dora) said...

Actual our fall been rainy amount snow to talk about yet.
One thing we don't have is much humidity here.

Thanks for stopping in and as always the coffee is on.

Twisted Cinderella said...

Wonderful pics for the theme!

eastcoastlife said...

I wonder if it is getting colder in HK? It's school holidays here in Singapore and many families have gone to HK for holiday.

Vicki said...

Lovely pictures and we call it autumn in Australia as well.

YTSL said...

Hi peppylady --

You usually get snow in the fall as well as winter? Oh my! And thus far, this fall for us has been wetter than usual too -- in contrast to the spring which was drier than expected...

Hi TC Harris --


Hi EastCoastLife --

It's turned cooler -- that's why I now call it fall/autumn. ;)

More seriously, the weather's pleasant temperature wise now -- normally up until/through the mid-autumn festival, it's still on the hot side!

Hi Vicki --

Yeah, it's the British English influence, I guess -- re autumn as opposed to fall. :)

Vane M. said...

Gostei demais das cores e da névoa, lindas imagens! Um abraço!

O mirante

YTSL said...

Hi Bia Hain --

I'm glad you like the colors but, actually, there's no fog (nevoa) in these pictures. My Cloudy Hill blog entry on the other hand... ;b