Friday, November 21, 2014

REMEMBERING THE SUMMER - PART I

Summer - Geneva Countryside
Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.
- Yoko Ono
Although I love autumn's ravishing beauty and serene atmosphere, I must admit that this year, and for the very first time in my life, I am missing the warm season. Having had a grim spring and a depressingly glum July as well as August, I just wasn't ready for fall's arrival. Much to my regret, it came surprisingly early...

You see, I am the kind of person who needs to fully enjoy summer in order to get sick of it and look forward to cooler and moodier weather - in fact, it is exactly the same as with food; one needs to eat a few savory dishes before the urge for dessert makes its appearance. Hence, I feel nostalgic for summer's suffocating exuberance and insolent nonchalance.

Having said this, I am nonetheless really thrilled that autumn's here and that winter's on our doorstep as I am particularly fond of this time of the year. So, bring on the cold weather, frosty sunlight and snowstorms!

Summer - Geneva Countryside

Summer - Geneva 
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Summer - Geneva 
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44 comments:

  1. Do I love your title! And... those fabulous scenes!

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  2. How lovely are all yours posts dear Rosa, love all them, and I adore grapes!!!
    xoxo

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  3. Beautiful photos to remember summer with, Rosa!

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  4. I know what you mean about wanting to get sick of summer so you can enjoy fall -- I'm the same way. But we always have a long summer, so much as I look forward to it when the weather is cold, by the end of it I'm more than ready for cooler weather again!

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  5. It's amazing how different the moods are between the color and black and white photos, very nice Rosa!

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  6. The grape in colour looks so different from b&w!
    Have a beautiful weekend, Rosa!
    Angie

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  7. Every year you photograph grapes, and they all diff every year, every time diff character, color and sweetness.

    Well done dear Rosa!

    Hugs,

    Yelena

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  8. Your photography makes me happy, Rosa. So beautiful and calming... ;)

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  9. We are just heading into Summer now, Rosa... and it's a hot one! Last year my grapes fried on the vine. Lovely post. Keep smiling my friend.

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  10. The warmth of summer is a blessing at this very cold time of the year.

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  11. Beautiful photos =)
    Happy weekend ;-)

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  12. I really need this shot of Summer today Rosa. Like you I never really got to feel Summer's heat before Autumn began preparing us for Winter, a bit too early I'm afraid. Soothing shots; thank you:)

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  13. It is so nice to see "summer" photos...
    Have a great weekend Roda :)

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  14. Those sun-drenched green grapes! Those sun-kissed purple flowers! Sheer magic! You are a true inspiration, Rosa, on how one should celebrate life and nature. May God bless you every time you breathe.

    Thank you so very much for making blisters in my eyes with your dazzling pictures :)

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  15. It's summer here now and I should get outside with the camera and take some shots to remember it when it gets cold and dreary in the winter. :)

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  16. Summer is my favorite season. Maybe that's why I follow the sun when it moves north and turn around and follow it back south :) Isn't there a song, "follow the sun.?"
    Sam

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  17. I love color i summer..Winter is lovely but more monochromatic on gloomy days.
    I like the hibernation now though and the time to rest:)The little bug loves your scabiosa:)

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  18. Oh, how I miss summer. The winter didn't start well but I already dream of warmer days. Thank you for sharing these awesome photos.

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  19. It's so hot in Sydney today! I'd love a touch of chill to temper the heat today I think!

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  20. it's a dismal day here, so this post did my soul good! :)

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  21. C'est vrai que l'été nous a fait défaut cet année, surtout au mois de juillet qui fut si pluvieux. Je m'en rappelle bien car j'ai passé mes vacances à la maison.
    Par contre, juin fut très ensoleillé, sec et très chaud et ceci durant 3 semaines sur le Plateau. La barre des 30'°C fut souvent dépassée.
    C'est loin d'être maussade ... ou étais-tu ?
    ;-)

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    1. En effet, juillet fut affreux et triste. Juin était pas si mal, mais je ne me souvient pas avoir eu autant de beau que toi... ;-) C'était souvent couvert. Peut-être est-ce Genève?

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  22. It is so hot here in summer, one almost hate going out, so I don't really miss it :) ... Your pics are beautiful and refreshing as always. You have a great taste Rosa!

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  23. I didn't see June in europe but july seemed ok and august was just the worst summer ever. My husband asked me what clothes to pack for a european summer and I told him short. Obviously I looked like a fool when the weather turned out to be foul. ^.^
    I am sitting in the middle of the heat but when I look at your pictures Rosa I want to go back to a proper sunny european summer, it's much better!

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  24. Beautiful, Rosa. I just love the photo of those grapes!

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  25. On te sent tres nostalgique effectivement de ces rayons de soleil dore sur les grappes.

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  26. The one great thing about the changing of the seasons is that the end of one and the beginning of the next always makes us appreciate each one all the more. ;)

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  27. Best photos for a summer,can't take my eyes of it

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  28. Some seriously amazing & beautiful summer memories!! x

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  29. Perfect! Love,love the purple flowers! Rain all this week.here in Oregon..everything look so gray...yearning for some blue sky like the last photo.

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  30. We had the same gloomy summer and although I too much prefer Autumn, we really missed having any kind of summer, nothing that really drew us out into the vineyards for walks and picnics. We also hope Autumn will be sunny, bright and cool. Beautiful photos, as usual, and I especially love the grapes...

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  31. Now you have me longing for warm weather too. I'm definitely a warm weather girl.

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  32. With pretty views like these, I'd be missing summer too! Hope you're having a lovely autumn.

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  33. I love coming here, I always leave refreshed! I agree with you about needing to fully experience the season, or seasonal food, before being comfortable moving on. You are so talented, Rosa!

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  34. Vivement les beaux jours Rosa.

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  35. Yes enjoying the season to the fullest is such a nice way to put it. The seasons lately have been very confusing though!

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  36. Dear Rosa, Those pictures look so welcoming, as I listen to the wind howl outside. It is very cold and icy here today.
    Have a beautiful weekend. xo Catherine

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  37. I'll take the frosty sunlight and cold weather, but I'll pass on the snowstorms. :)
    Thanks for this beautiful post.

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  38. Good morning Rosa.

    As always your photos make me dream, I wish one day I visit Switzerland.

    I am from Brazil, and there is no such distinct seasons, living in the USA for almost 20 years I've learned how to appreciate the changing of seasons, and somehow, like you, I enjoy the summer fully so at the end of it I look forward to cooler days.

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  39. For some, summer is always bring warm and comforting feeling. For others, it just too hot to remember anything good. You are on the lucky side :).

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  40. Love the way you write, love the way you click!! Keep writing and clicking my dear

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