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Autumn’s Beauty on the Black Sand Beaches of Iceland

Dave and I spent part of a morning walking the Black Sand Beach near Vik in Iceland.  

The waves on the ocean were huge, like giant icy mountains.  The angry waves made it easy to understand why there are monuments at different places along the beach that honor sailors who have died on the shores of Iceland, like this one where Dave is sitting. The wind was crazy and it took away a lens cover that this photographer was using.  Dave went running after the lens cap chasing it for a long way up the beach. The giant waves left trails of foam along the shore that painted a kind of artwork in the black sand. 
Some of the foam caught on stones and the sunlight made the bubbles in the foam look like jewels.

I thought this bit of foam caught on a rock looked a bit like the outline of Iceland. We are here  in what they call ‘shoulder season’ right at the very end of the best weather in Iceland.  But there is a haunting beauty to grassesand fungi that show their color in fall.

The waves on the Black Sand Beach had also washed this lone feather up onto a rock. 

On the black sand beach are these three basalt columns called the Reynisdrangar. Legend says the rocks are really three trolls caught out too late at night and frozen by the early morning sunlight. Iceland is a place of spectacular beauty in the fall and the Black Sand Beach shows off that beauty at its best. 

Other posts……..

Beauty on the Beach

The Blueberries Slowed Him Down

Autumn Dreams Are in the Air




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Autumn is the Perfect Time for Writing

Autumn is the perfect season for writers because………..


Photo taken in Cox’s Cove Newfoundland

Nature is putting on an inspirational show that prompts us to color our writing with vibrant images

The chill in the air drives us inside to our writing desks


Photo taken in Steve Juba Park Winnipeg

Trees are transforming. We can transform our writing habits from the lazy patterns of summer to the disciplined practice of fall

Autumn is the season of thanksgiving. We can be thankful for writing friends and mentors, writing successes and writing lessons learned

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Photo taken in Quebec City

Autumn is a time of harvest. We can take the storehouse of ideas we’ve harvested and begin turning them into stories and poems and memoirs

Leaves die and trees rest in autumn. Perhaps it is time to let a part of a manuscript we are working on die too, or put a particular project to rest and start another one


Photo taken in Leamington Ontario

Autumn is a time for hot cider, roasted potatoes, tangy apples and spice cookies. It can also be a time to nourish our writing selves with a book about writing, a writing class or a podcast from our favorite author.

Autumn is a time for Halloween, a scary night. Can we conquer our fears and send a manuscript off to a publisher, share our writing with others and open ourselves to criticism and suggestion?


Photo taken in Gros Morne National Park Newfoundland

We can look at the way some great writers have described autumn and be inspired by their skill and talent.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus

Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.- William Bryant

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns. George Eliot

Autumn is the perfect time for writing.

Other posts………


Writer or Palaeontologist ?

Why Do You Keep on Doing This?


Jane Heinrichs is a writer and illustrator from London who penned a beautiful reflection about why autumn is a great time for writers on her blog. My post was inspired by her thoughts.

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October Inspiration

Park Bench - Photo taken in Steve Juba Park October 2012

Park Bench – photo taken on a bike ride through Steve Juba Park October 2012

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?”  

Anne in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables

Oak leaf taken on a walk in Saskatoon - October 2013

Oak Leaf -photo taken on a walk in Saskatoon – October 2013

Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree…
~Emily Brontë

Prairie grasses on the bank of the Red River near my home taken in October 2012

Prairie Grasses- photo taken on a walk along the river near my home in October 2012

Autumn is the hush before winter. ~French Proverb

Prairie in Herschel Saskatchewan November 2013

Prairie- photo taken on a hike in Herschel Saskatchewan October 2013

O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief…
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst…
~Robert Frost

Red Leaf on Sidewalk-Photo taken on a walk in Saskatoon October 2013

Red Leaf on Sidewalk-photo taken on a walk in Saskatoon October 2013

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

Squash at a street market in Toronto September 2013

Squash- photo taken on a bike ride in Toronto October 2013

To everything there is a season- Ecclesiastes 3:1

Other inspirational posts………

The Beatitudes in Human Form

Eagle Inspiration

Wild Flower Inspiration

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At the Apple Orchard

I spent a fun afternoon at Thiessen Apple Orchard in Leamington this week with my great niece and my two sisters-in-law. What a lovely time.

thiessenn orchards leamington

farmer pete's fun acre leamington
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thiessen orchard leamington
picking apples
riding the helicopter
child driving bus
going down slide in hayloft
seeing the goats thiessen orchards
eating apple muffins


walking hand in hand

Other posts about visits to orchards, vineyards and gardens……

Don’t Be A Wine Snob

My Dad Hasn’t Lost His Green Thumb

A Kiwi A Day



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