Season’s change in the Vendee

Where there was shade there was frost, this morning. Long shadows from a steadily lowering sun confirm the approach of year’s end, but the blue skies keep fresh the memory of summer. It’s a time of preparation – tarpaulins are dragged off piles of wood and the noise of the chain saw becomes as familiar as summer bird song. Warm fireside evenings are about to replace the ritual of sundowners in the garden. Stone houses take on a different nature as night time temperatures plummet. Their intrinsic nature of keeping one cool in the hot days of summer remains constant, though being kept cool in the freezing days of January and February is not an exciting prospect. So the wood burner glows in the evening and the smell of the paraffin heater scents the early mornings. The forest is on the cusp of changing colour. The reds, golds and russets are illuminated by the full sun that remains with us during these ever shortening days. There is a feeling of expectation throughout. The season is dead, long live the season.

About Food,Photography & France

Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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13 Responses to Season’s change in the Vendee

  1. Love that first picture!

  2. Stunning photographs as usual. Thanks Roger.

  3. hopeeternal says:

    Beautiful photos, as usual. We love the Vendee but never see it at this time of year as holidays at the moment are restricted to the Summer months. Off to Dunkerque for a couple of days next week but its not the same! (Though the French atmosphere and food will be worth the trip!)
    ‘Meanderings through my Cookbook’

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    Two very different photos of the same Season. Dank & dreary v. bright & colorful. And, yet, you’ve managed to capture the beauty of each. Well done, Roger.

  5. Chef Scar says:

    Beautiful photos! The favorite time of the year for both my wife and me, and you describe it so poetically. The forest in fog picture is terrific!Thanks!

  6. The photo with the escaping birds is really pretty. I am also missing the early evening hours of sun. I’ve had to make and photograph my food over the weekend when I have more daylight hours at home.

  7. What remarkable foliage. We just don’t get that in this climate. Lots of brown leaves. Love that fog.

  8. Rachel says:

    I can almost smell the fall leaves and the apples… its the season. Mmmm…

  9. kiwikar says:

    You even make the approach of winter and ice and snow look beautiful…

  10. So beautiful…and as for those birds, incredible!

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