September 30, 2012

Autumn Family Tradition & A Lakeside Picnic

The long-anticipated weekend had arrived. There was a crisp edge to the air and a forecast promising pleasant autumn weather. We grabbed a jacket and a scarf, mugs with coffee and hot chocolate, food and blankets, and headed North. The canoe on top of the car, confronted by the air resistance created an annoying sound...but the more we drove up North, the less we were irritated by the noise. The road was changing into a new costume in front of our eyes as it was getting ready for a play; a magnificent display of blazing red, pink, yellow and orange adorning the trees gave rise to an unparalleled experience. The Sugar Maple tree was gracing the landscape, playing a major role in the spectacle. But, in fact, there were other players on stage, yellow birch, hemlock, beech, pine... 
A different aspect of light or a slight change in the weather could transform ordinary objects into magical sights. I felt as I was walking in a Tom Thomson painting, a brilliant pioneering Canadian artist who would stay in a lodge in the late fall just to capture the splendor of nature's forms in a marvelous palette of colors. 
Then, I thought, there is no greater artist than Mother Nature herself.

What I have learned from a young age is if there is something you love about seasons and try to do the same wonderful  things year after year, they will become cherished traditions. Families, indeed, draw closer when they celebrate traditions together. Even the small touches can be just as special as the big events. For many years, together with apple and raspberry picking, our fall family tradition has been paying a visit to one of the biggest and most beautiful parks in Ontario, Algonquin, around Thanksgiving Day. We are camping, canoeing, hiking; there are hundreds of amazing opportunities to connect with nature, family and friends. To go back to yourself and rekindle your sense of wonder and solitude. This year wasn't an exception. 
After hours of paddling, we found the perfect spot, spread our blanket, lightened up a portable barbecue  and set a perfect fall picnic by the lake. Shish kebabs - seasoned meat on a stick with vegetables, my husband's specialty, (yes, I am not ready to give up meat entirely), salad in a jar and pumpkin tarts were on the menu. Apple cider from the local farm put real fall flavor into the celebration of the season...

You can read about our last year  fall trip here.

Has Fall been good to you, Dear Friends?

What is your Fall family tradition?

Happy Octobre!




  1. Beautiful photos as always. I always get excited when I see you've got a new post up.
    Every fall we drive up the Columbia River gorge to the Hood River valley which sits at the north foot of Mt. Hood. There are pear, apple, peach, and cherry orchards there and we get our fall apples and two cases of freshly canned peaches.

  2. Good morning my sweet friend!

    WOW. You know, this is a special time of year. It causes us to HUDDLE closer to nature, to one another, to ourselves. The chilly nights, the harvest, it all brings us back into focus.

    We went out yesterday with our new camera. My husband took some impressive photos of the local colors that are just breathtaking. I am having fun with this new Canon!

    LOVELY POST my friend and I send you my warm greetings to have a fabulous day. LOVE! Anita

  3. LOVE this post! Your photos are fantastic and the picnic by the lake looks like a magazine spread. Beautifully done Sylvia. It makes me want to do something fun like this. Happy Thanksgiving to you! Blessings, Pamela

  4. Your photo's look amazing Silvia. It makes me wish I was there at the lake with you. The scenery is so beautiful and the food for the picknick/BBW looks delicious!

    Wish you a happy new week!

    Madelief x

  5. My dearest Sylvia! OH THANK YOU for the camera vocabulary! I need to know these things and perhaps those tricks are the secret to your photography! Or at least the tools to help you expand your talents...I am going to concentrate this week on practicing with close-ups, since I need them for my Etsy shop!

    Thank you for enjoying my post. It is a poem that is trying to basically say that my dream of being a writer/artist has some harsh realities that are not too pleasant. What made me think I could make a living at this? Well, I can't and I know what is necessary to MAYBE succeed: to keep going. But I don't think I can afford to, so what is bigger than the dream is actually the family I am responsible for in my life. So, it will have to be a hobby I suppose. I will keep it up but with less emphasis on trying to make it my primary source of income. You live and you certainly learn!


  6. Oh Sylvia, you are right...nothing is ever over until you DO GIVE UP. And I won't, but it will have to take a back seat to a full-time job next year it looks like it. But I will do what I did last year, and that is create from joy, and if it sells, great, if not, no worries. And lastly, thank you for encouraging me about my communication; that is really the biggest dream of mine...not to be an artist, but to write. And I must remember that some of my favorite poets and writers have/had DAY JOBS as teachers, so at least I am in the right profession. It means a lot to me that at least as a hobby, writing can make a difference. This was good to have this conversation! NOw on to practice some photography tomorrow! BISOUS! Anita

  7. Dearest Sylvia!

    I was just working in my basement workshop and I thought of you....I believe we exchanged emails once, non?

    Please email me when you get a moment...I thought just ran across my mind and I would love to contact you!


  8. Such beautiful photos! I love fall outings. Our family is too spread out now, but for very many years we visited our favorite apple orchard every fall. So beauiful already in your neck of the woods!

  9. Oh Slyvia~ This is just my cup of tea! I adore your lakeside fall picnic! We do not have any autumn color on the trees yet so I'm soaking in all the beautiful foliage and watery reflections! I adore your quilt and salad in a jar! All your details are delightful and set the perfect tone~ I can feel the nip in the air!

  10. Sylvia~ sorry for my typo, it's early here :)

  11. Silviya,
    your photos are gorgeous! Nothing is better then fall and family traditions! What fun, a picnic by the lake with the ones you love. I'm your newest follower and would love for you to visit me!

  12. Everything you shared was absolutely gorgeous. However,the trees are simply stunning and breathtaking.

  13. You are an AMAZING photographer! That 2nd photo is glorious!

  14. Well, dear sister, you have managed again to leave me speechless by the beauty you capture. Of course, nature's colors...sometimes even driving down the street is overwhelming...SO MUCH BEAUTY! But it takes someone very gifted and special to be able to SEE, and CAPTURE it the way you do on film...GLORIOUS! What a splendid way to spend time with your dear family...and those shish-kabobs...yum. (Isn't that smell the best?)
    Your picnic is I spot banana bread there too? ;)
    And thank you for the sweet words regarding my photography...I am NOT a natural at this art, but am SO inspired by what you do here. Just received a Canon 150 which is a simple camera, but allows for more I will be trying it out in other posts.
    I am always thrilled to see your messages, beautiful friend...thank you!
    And enjoy your Thanksgiving, I am thankful for YOU!
    Blessings and love,
    - Irina

  15. Simply beautiful! Happy Pink Saturday.

    Your comment at my PINK Post is always appreciated.

    PS. I am now your blog's follower.

    1. Hi Chubskulit Rose,
      Thank you very much for your kind comment.
      Unfortunatelly, for some unknown reason, I can't see your blog. If you have any ideas why, please write ....

  16. How absolutely perfect!!! Your photos are always so very beautiful, Sylvia, and what happy memories you've made on this day! :)

  17. OMG, all of your photos are amazing. Look at that wonderful color. I would love to see that in person. We just don't get that good of color here in the south. I will be featuring this at Wow this week.

  18. Gorgeous! Not sure
    how I missed this. I
    guess it's just the busyness
    of life, right now! What
    a wonderful tradition.
    Our autumn rituals mainly
    surround Halloween, as
    my son's birthday is on
    the 30th of October. That
    whole week seems to be
    a swirl of celebrations, from
    birthday parties to pumpkin
    carving. I like the idea of a
    lovely picnic, like this. Maybe
    someday we will meet for our
    own picnic, Sylvia!

    xo Suzanne

  19. Your photos are stunning and capture a lovely fall day. I cannot believe the colors of the foliage... what an amazing way to enjoy nature's beauty.

  20. Beautiful post! The pictures are amazing but the feelings they evoke, of enjoying nature and good food and the company of those you love...exquisite! I'm a new follower. LOVED MY VISIT!

  21. Oh my-
    your photos are stunning and what a beautiful sentiment in your post.
    I am a new follower, and I enjoyed visiting .


  22. i want to
    picnic with you!

    your photos
    are gorgeous
    and it looks as though
    you and yours
    had a wonderful day out together

    i featured your post
    on this week's Fridays Unfolded!


  23. Thanks for sharing these amazing photos on Simple & Sweet Fridays. What a beautiful place for a family picnic!


  24. Featuring your post today at
    Thanks so much for linking up your beautiful fall picnic post at Algonquin park :)


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