I’ve been accumulating fall photos for… well, since the beginning of fall (no! really??), so today I’ve got a little photo dump for you guys! We’re going to cover fall harvests of gourds, pumpkins, apples, and persimmons, plus some pretty fall leaves and landscapes. Hopefully you’ll enjoy scrolling through some cheerful colors and reading the little stories behind the photos. 🙂
Onward to orange and yellow!
First up, gourd picking. Dad planted a mix of crops including gourds in one of his fields, and MY did it grow quite the assortment! We estimated that over the course of several pickings, we harvested around 800 gourds. O.o
One day my siblings and I went out to the field and picked bushels of gourds for a little roadside stand we set up. Back at the house, we dumped them into the trusty red wheelbarrow and filled it up with water from the hydrant.
Here’s Megan presenting her favorite chubby gourd which looked like it melted or something. 😀
We scrubbed the gourds with old rags and put them back in the bushel baskets. It felt oddly satisfying to clean off the bright colors and hear the gourds gently bumping around in the water.
A pile of gourds like this just makes me happy for some reason. The variety of patterns and colors are so pleasing + aesthetic to look at, aren’t they?
We did not, however, personally harvest these pumpkins. They were leftover from my friend’s wedding which we had at our farm a couple of weeks ago. (More on that in another post!) They so generously gave us a lot of the remaining decorations including pumpkins and string lights!
Pumpkins also are quite aesthetic, no? It’s funny because orange is one of my least favorite colors just as a color, but it looks great in nature.
Eeyore, our donkey, guards more fall harvests in her pasture: a pear tree (I think?), an apple tree, and a persimmon tree. Generally none of those produces store-worthy fruit, heh, but we did get some persimmons and apples this year! I love this picture. 😀
Have you ever tried persimmons? If you’ve tried unripe ones, I’m sure they stuck in your memory. :’D At the best of times, persimmons have a unique flavor, but when they’re not ripe they fill your mouth with what feels like awfully bitter, mouth-puckering cotton. *shudders* But that’s part of the thrill of eating them – trying to find ripe ones. XD XD
Ripe ones look kind of wrinkled and unappealing, not like the ones I photographed. 😉 Aren’t the sunset colors so pretty?
Dad recently researched our apple tree and apparently it’s a really old kind that Thomas Jefferson wrote about in the 1700s, saying France’s apples couldn’t compare with their Virginian ones. 😀
The apples are HUGE – they’ll fill up your palms – green, and sadly got blighted this year. But we let them ripen inside and Mom made some tasty applesauce from them after peeling the spotted parts off.
We didn’t grow these berries, nor do I know what they are. I just found them in the woods and took a picture. 😛 I love the rich color.
Okay, that’s all for the fruits and harvests. Now for some nature pictures. I wish we had more maples like this one where I live, but there are definitely a few brilliant trees. This one lives by the pond.
Oh yeah, here’s the aforementioned maple from across the pond. The reflection…! ❤
Guys, we have SO many chrysanthemum plants. :’D Mom bought several pots before the wedding and then they gave us about 10 afterwards, besides other mums we already had. I love how puffy and vibrant the flowers are!
This guy is… well, not exactly puffy or vibrant. 😛 Poor thing. Despite its bedraggled appearance, I really liked the way the dew looked on the soft seed parachutes.
Oooohh, I love this one too! There’s just something about a bright, dewy spiderweb picture, you know? And the BOKEH. ❤
Another pond shot. We cleared out the cattails and most of the trees, so the banks look a lot cleaner now.
Couldn’t do a fall photography post without me holding a pretty leaf, could we? XD This is from the persimmon tree.
Sweet gum leaves and the old, decrepit tennis shoes I’ve had for years… (Fun fact: I realized I have eight pairs of shoes including seasonal ones. O.o I’m really not a shoe collector, so that’s a lot for me. 😛 )
LOOK HOW HUGE THIS SYCAMORE LEAF IS. It’s really hard to see on camera, but this thing was giant!
Another obligatory fall photo with a leaf + self-portrait. 😉 I found a bunch of big leaves that day.
No idea what these spiky grasses are, but I LOVE THE BOKEH. Those blurred backgrounds are seriously sometimes the only reason I keep a photo. :’D
The Virginia creeper on our barn turned brilliantly red this year – SO pretty!
We’ll end with a little fall bouquet of late black-eyed susans and sweet gum + sycamore leaves. I adore collecting things on walks. 🙂
That’s it for this fall photo dump, my friends! I hope you enjoyed a dose of fall color if, as I’ve heard from some people, you already are covered in snow and winter where you live. *gasp* Before you go, I want to hear…
Have you ever eaten a persimmon? Did you have any favorite pictures from today? What is your favorite color in nature?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm lens. Edited with Lightroom Classic CC.