50 shades of Grey’s Elegy……

On a soft balmy day, what remained of last winter’s logs were split and stacked in the outhouse yesterday to make space for the delivery of this year’s firewood. This chore has been the first physical indication of the slow, but implacable, process of season’s change whose subtle footprints become more clearly formed with the passing of each week. That and the annual realisation that the stone floor is starting to feel cold, rather than cool, beneath my bare feet. Stone houses, that in summer are a blissful refuge from the heat of the day, have to be daily coaxed and chivvied to assume the cosiness that is needed during the bleak months to come. At this time of year I have to prevent myself from imagining the nearby forest as a swaying chaos of dripping bare black trees and redirect my thoughts towards the earthy, rich flavours of autumnal and winter dishes made even more tantalising by the anticipation of enjoying them in the enveloping warmth and Β soft glow emanating from the wood burner whilst the wind and rain do their worst in the black night beyond the thick stone walls.

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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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34 Responses to 50 shades of Grey’s Elegy……

  1. Mad Dog says:

    That is fantastic light and most of them are saying cheese! Excellent work πŸ˜‰

  2. I think at least one of those cows wants you to be on your way.:)

  3. Karen says:

    Absolutely fantastic photo…it looks like a still life painting that should be hanging above my fireplace.

  4. That is a sensational photo – beautiful light. Winter – I think we’re escaping to LA before it hits the East Coast.

  5. Roger, the picture took my breath away: and then I read you words which echo, amost syllable for syllable, my own feelings about the dark months. All a bit Mordor. Fantastic post.

  6. Eha says:

    What a glorious photo of natural beauty! Kind’of special for me: my name ‘Eha’ means ‘the last light of day’ in Estonian [wonderfully romantic father!!] : well, Sire, you have captured it beautifully πŸ™‚ !

  7. Andra Watkins says:

    Roger, this looks like a painting.

  8. Tandy says:

    I think I would need underfloor heating to survive your winter πŸ™‚

  9. Stunning – those cows look like they want to be modelling country tweeds in the Sunday Times Magazine!

  10. Look at that light! You’ve made even cows beautiful.

  11. ChgoJohn says:

    Such a beautiful photo, Roger. The light is just perfect but where ever did you find not one but six fake cows? Leave it to the French.
    You’re so right about what I consider to the “trap” of Autumn. It is far too easy to think of WInter and all it entails, while beautiful Autumn slips by. For us in this area. some of the year’s best days have yet to come and I’m pretty sure you’ve still got some great days to come in the weeks ahead. May we both stay in the Present and enjoy each of them.

  12. Cara says:

    Stunning picture Roger, and you paint such a sensual picture of autumn, that I am now looking forward to those damp autumn days. Always a treat to read your blog.

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