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It may take me longer than most, but even I can no longer pretend that Autumn isn’t upon us. With that thought in mind, I went searchning for an image with which to say good-bye to summer and hello to fall.

“And the Sun Sets on Summer” (Rudbeckia ‘Gloriosa’ aka Black-eyed Susan) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/7.1, 1/125s, ISO

Yep, that’ll do it. 🙂


  1. What fabulous detail, you *know* I love detail… the little hairs on the stem and leaves in contrast to the smoothness of the petals… the colours… It’s like drinking in the last sip of summer.

    • “It’s like drinking in the last sip of summer.” Absolutely LOVE that description!! 🙂

      Thank you so much, kiwi, for the wonderful comment! The little hairs were exactly what drew me to this flower and I spent quite a bit of time shooting it from all sorts of angles until I achieved what I was looking (and hoping) for.

  2. What an autumnal glow!
    (I really like that diagonal light/dark background, too, M.P. – very, very nicely done!)

    • Yes, indeed! 🙂

      Thank you, Sig! I knew you’d pick up on that diagonal…I had two very similar images but this one had the diagonal and the other one didn’t. I sort of think of it as the curtain closing on summer. Very poetic of me, donchathink? 😉

  3. It looks like the flower is on stage taking its final bow. Looking forward to autumn’s follow-up act!

    • Huh, why yes it does! Thanks so much, Barb! 🙂

      Summer is a hard act to follow. Autumn certainly has its work cut out for it!

  4. Tracy, this is a fabulous super-image: Amazing light and colors – what a welcome to the autumn! Here in Denmark we have ended a more than 2 weeks long (very)-late-summer, and low autumn temperatures, wind and rain is beginning to take over……..

    • Wow – don’t think I’ve ever had a ‘fabulous super-image’ before! You are so very kind, Truels – thank you! 🙂

      The wind and rain have made their way here as well to be followed up by cold temps if the weathermen have it correct. Looks like it could be a very nice weekend coming up – I hope so!

  5. Perfect title for a perfect image Tracy. Love it!

  6. Love it!! Very fitting, Tracy! Love how it is backlit and the tiny details on the stem.

    • Yeah, I’ve got this thing lately for backlit objects. Who could resist all those little hairs? 😉

      Thank you, Derrick!

  7. Gorgeous lighting! I’m with you in the denial category. Looks like the weather this weekend will help keep us there.

    • Thank you, Becky! Sometimes, Mother Nature comes through with a winner. I’m just glad to be in the right place at the right time with the right attitude and lens. 🙂

      I’d like to stay in denial but all this rain is making it impossible! Not looking forward to the chilly temps heading our way tomorrow and just hoping to make it to the nice weekend weather they are predicting! If not, there’s always apple pie, right? 😉

  8. I love this, Tracy. It’s stunning. The glow is amazing, and the detail is fabulous. 🙂

  9. *****sigh******* Still working through my yearly depression at this time of year! Gorgeous picture though – and a great reminder that all seasons have their beauty.

    • Yeah, me too. I only accept the coming of Fall because I have to. I’d take summer again in a heartbeat!

      Heading to Disney in a few weeks….that’ll help ease the pain. 😉

      Thanks so much, Karen! 🙂

  10. That seems to capture the essence of autumn showing up. Here it has been a cool 86 degrees!

    • Thank you, Tammy!

      Lucky YOU! We woke up to temps in the 40’s….brrrrr. Just trying to make it to the weekend when things warm up again!

  11. I love this shot with the way the sun is in it, and the detail and just how beautiful it is! It sums up what you wanted to say perfectly!

    • Thanks, Katie! 🙂

      Light is exactly what this image is all about. I find that many photographers forget the importance of light and shadow in their images. Yes, you can have a fine image, ie., good composition and subject, but it can appear flat if you forget the most important principle of light. This is something I’ve been paying more attention to these days and was so excited when I achieved it here! 🙂

  12. This is excellent, Tracy. The backlighting of the petals as the blossom is angled towards the light really makes it look like it is saying good-bye! Thank you for the lovely image. 🙂

    • You’re welcome, Ted! 🙂

      Thank you for the oh so very nice comment!

  13. I so LOVE this photo! You have a great talent.

    • Thank you, Tracy. You are very kind as lately, I’ve not felt so ‘talented’.

      I so appreciate your stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  14. You very well captured the varied expression of the flower…

  15. Yep… that’s fall alright! Just think… one day closer to spring!! 🙂

  16. Truly gorgeous image. The backlighting is just great.

  17. Really nice Tracy. Belongs in a magazine. 🙂 Happy fall.

  18. Wonderful, magical light – just beautiful.

    • Thanks so much, JP. Sometimes, nature pretty much hands you a good one! 🙂

  19. It would appear we’ve missed autumn entirely over here… Today I was happily wearing a t-shirt, but by the weekend they are predicting snow !!!… Lovely shot with which to welcome the new season though (whatever one it may be)… 😉

    • We’ve been experiencing gorgeous weather ourselves, Brian. No complaints here! Happily wear the t-shirts as long as you can! 🙂

      Thank you! Sometimes, I really get lucky. 😉

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