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The Last Day of Autumn - Northern California
20-DEC-2007

The Last Day of Autumn - Northern California

Each year, as December 20th comes to its dark conclusion, the calendar proclaims autumn once again to be null and void. Those in the town of Chico who rake seas of chlorophyll-starved leaves off thinning lawns and out of the gutters might take issue with that stop date. They know the leaves, which will begin to answer the call of gravity sometime in September, won't completely cease falling until the middle of winter.

Some might find the repetitive nature of the task to be a bore. For me, the act of creating giant piles of leaves in the street - where they are picked up weekly by the city - is both satisfying and cathartic.

Nikon D80
1/50s f/3.2 at 35.0mm iso200 full exif

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Patricia Lay-Dorsey22-Dec-2007 05:28
You are so gifted when it comes to photographing motion. This shot perfectly captures the feeling of raking leaves.
Tim May21-Dec-2007 16:42
Raking out the old so it doesn't clutter the new - but sometimes the rotting of the past season provides the fertilizer for the new one. I really love the flow in the middle of this image.
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