Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Arrival of Fall

It was still pretty green here last Thursday when I made my first apple pie of the season.  But for some reason the smell of apple pie coming from the kitchen is a signal to Henri that leaf peeping must begin immediately. 

Just needs the top crust and into the oven it will go.   But my mind was on an early rise in the morning so this is the last you will see of the pie.  For the record, it was YUM. 

The next morning, we were up before the crack of dawn and headed to the Western mountains of Maine with our sights set on Rangeley.   The foliage was at full peak, even though my attempts to capture it were thwarted by the glare and shadows created by the noon day sun. 

While parked and enjoying our picnic lunch, we watched as this seaplane descended and I managed to find my camera just in time to catch a shot of it's water landing. 

One of Henri's captures. 

He even found a white pumpkin for me in Rangeley and then later, surprised me with a carving.  Check out my newly created galvanized pedestal stands that I'm using to display my pumpkins.   All it took was riveting some affordable hardware store parts together with some flan pans I found at Goodwill. 

The green pumpkin is a cross between a buttercup and a blue Hubbard. Using dried hydrangeas and zinnias from my garden, I had fun arranging them into fall vignettes, tucking them into a rustic, wooden tool caddy I found while thrifting. 

This corn is from last year.  Glad I saved it as the colors are still pretty vibrant. 

 I took this picture just yesterday over in Blue Hill of the blueberry barrens just coming into color.  Soon it will be peak foliage here too. 

A shot from Sorrento Harbor, where rain is in the forecast, after our nearly week-long stretch of warm, sunny weather.   


But this rain is really just a figment of my imagination.   The above photo was made using a free stock texture found here and pairing it with my own photograph by using the software program called Gimp that you can download for free here.  Pretty cool, huh?


Privet and Holly said...

Lot's of autumn
yumminess and I
enjoyed every last
morsel, Lili! I
never get tired of
seeing the fall
colors and yours
are spectacular.
I need to check out
the cool photo
xx Suzanne

SprinkleBakes said...

Oh, now I want to make pie! How lovely!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

The Fall colors are so gorgeous. And speaking of apple pie. I made one and it ended up in the garbage. I'm a bit challenged when it comes to baking, haha. But I will try again!

Kelly said...

The fall colors were beautiful. We didn't get anything that intense. I think the winds took away much of our leaves. The pie does look yum! I know why it didn't last too long. Happy Fall.

regan said...

Gorgeous pics, usual, you have captured the most beautiful moments.

Jill said...

Beautiful photos! Love all of your pumpkins, their stands and corn. Everything looks wonderful.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Beautiful! If I wasn't on the opposite coast, I'd be out taking photos alongside you.

Hilary said...

Oh, I wish I was in Blue Hill!!!!
That is an awesome picture of the plane landing........great catch.

Low Tide High Style said...

Such beautiful images of autumn Lili! That pie looks so yummy, and it's funny I made an apple cake but didn't get a single picture of the finished product and it's now all gone, but it was so good! I love your pretty fall vignettes and your lovely and creative pedestals. And that texture is too cool!

Kat :)

Jo (Pieceful Afternoon) said...

Your photos are fabulous!! The seaplane landing was outstanding.

Another great idea, making those pumpkin stands.

I have the same pie plate in green - I always bake apple pies in it (that is the idea, right, lots of apples)

The rain "photo" is wonderful!

Polly said...

Fall in Maine is absolutely breathtaking! I want to go back there someday! My favorite vacation ever!! Love your little stands you made....very clever!!



vicki said...

Oh my Lili- the pie looks fabulous! Here at my house- Fall means making my grandmothers recipe for apple dumplings. Seeing your beautiful pie prompted me to call the hubby and say -"bring home apples!"

Your new tinware is stunning- I love tgat you are using it in your fall display- just beautiful!

I do remember that beautiful fall foliage- I took some amazing photos from the top of Cadillac Mountain when we were there! Henri's picture is breathtaking- amazing!

And last- those pumpkins made me smile- nothing says welcome to fall better than than pumpkins- love that green one!


jennyfreckles said...

Lovely autumn scenes. And I'd never have guessed the fake rain! (You can have it for real over here.)

Julie said...

Love the photos....sigh.....always enjoy the visit glad to be getting into the blog groove slowly but surely...missed a lot of people...
Iowa is lovely..I shall begin to blog of it - So glad to read down that Henri got his outstanding truck and the tailgate vignette is awesome! :-)

Samantha said...

LOVELY! Just LOVELY! One day I'll travel to Maine for fall.

Linda said...

I love your style!
Enjoy the beauty and thank you for sharing.

Crown of Beauty said...

I love apple pie, Lili! Made my mouth water, looking at those pictures!

And the fall decor, including last year's corn is just fabulous.

Fall is my fave season of the year too, though we do not have an official fall season here. But in my spirit, I have always loved fall... for all that it stands for. I also consider it a relevant season to be thankful.

The fall photos are beautiful Lili. I am definitely falling in love with Maine!

(I didn't know Henry was from Indonesia!)


Debi@7Gates said...

Looks like you have captured the very best of your area. Just outstanding fall color. I love the plane coming in for a landing. That must have been a real pretty sight with the backdrop.

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Lili, These pics are amazing . . you do so well with your camera. Apple pie is my favorite . . add a little vanilla ice-cream with it and I'm in heaven. I've baked just about everything else but pies, that's my sister specialty. How sweet of Henri to surprise you with the white pumpkin. Good idea with the pumpkin stands, looks good. Blessings, Sandy:O)

Sharon Lovejoy said...

You KNOW how much I love this posting dear Lili, it is breathtaking. I will turn to it for joy and solace in the coming months.

Promise me that next year we will all hike your favorite hike? And a picnic?? YES!

Love to you and H,


Melissa Anderson said...

That apple pie looks delish! You're making me want to go bake now. The foliage looks great up in Maine. Here in CT it's just beginning but isn't as vibrant as I remember it :(

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Gorgeous photos, Lili. Following your interesting life.

I really appreciate your sympathy on the loss of my Belle.



davidpatterson said...

Lili... love the blueberry barrens. Isn't that red in the fall amazing?