{Captivated by the Season}


My original plan for today’s post was to write something very profound. I was going to write something deep, perhaps even wise, and make you all stop to reflect on your lives. I was essentially going to change the world.

Then I sat down with my laptop and I could not bear the thought of all the effort it would take to change the world. Since it’s Monday and I never really got to enjoy the weekend, I’m making today an extension of yesterday. Today it’s gonna be all about the fluff of my life. Lots of pictures, not many words. It’s my Monday gift to you…

Currently my iPhoto library looks like this:

Gorgeous.

Why? Because I went to Oregon. Why? To be with Poor Kyle. Why? Because I love him. Why? Good question. (Smiley face.)

Anyway, I was glad to go on the three-day road trip even though I had just returned from Mesa the day before. After taking all these photos of fall leaves and anything that struck me as beautiful, I’m even gladder [more glad?].

I hope you are as captivated by the season as I have been. Enjoy.

Everyone should take a long drive through fall foliage at least once in their life. It’s really very healing. I wasn’t even sick, but I feel healed.

Don’t you feel healed?


If I could tear out the trees in front of our house and replant them with these beauties (above), I would. Only I don’t know what they’re called. Any ideas?




I thrill at the sight of a long, straight bit of railroad track. There’s so much hope in a railroad track.




Oh, and also…I don’t brush my hair anymore. Not worth it. I threw away every brush I own, so any hairstyling I do from now on will be with fingertips, bobby pins and Trash Ties™. Just thought you should know.

Leaves in the gutter–how lovely.

Again with the railroad tracks–I’m sensing a theme.

There. All better. Like chicken soup for the friggen soul.

{Happy Monday.}

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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24 Responses to {Captivated by the Season}

  1. patti says:

    Hey look at that I’m first again. Camille, I love your photos. I have been wanting to take a drive to see fall leaves but with the price of gas and time restraints we haven’t been able to do so. I love a trip to Utah in the fall But since my mom is gone I don’t get there much either. Thanks for sharing your pics. Beautiful!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Millie,

    You really are getting to be quite the photographer! I love how those pictures look. They make me feel like I’m wrapped up in a warm sweater sitting by a crackling fireplace on a damp, rainy night. Just lovely.

  3. RPH says:

    Oh, those are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing. Really. I love this season. I wish I had big huge trees all around my house, so I could see those colors every fall. They are pretty.

    Did you really throw away all your brushes?

  4. Merkley Jiating says:

    I wish I could style my hair without a brush! I can’t even run my fingers through my hair ever! Wretched curly hair!

  5. Molly Shumway Rawlins says:

    BEAUTIFUL photos! You have skills. One day I hope to live someplace that provides me a view of the changing seasons, instead of the valley where we have super hot, then a little less hot, and then somewhat cold, and then hot again. (of course you know though cause you’re from the same ‘hood ;))

    thanks for visiting my blog! it was tough with out my other half this week, but I survived, and now that he is back, i am trying to re-adjust to feeling whole again! ha. strange how that goes sometimes.

  6. Camille says:

    Patti– Thanks for the vote of confidence! I know it can be hard to work in the time for a drive, but I hope you get one soon. For us, it’s just part of PK’s line of work…it’s our every week, pretty much.

    Anonymous my sister- Thanks! I know–sometimes I kind of amaze myself. It’s so easy to take pretty pictures, though, when there’s beauty everywhere I look. That’s the joy of Oregon. “America’s best-kept secret,” as Mom would say.

    rph– Well we have huge trees, but the leaves sort of go from green to brown overnight. Not so beautiful. They’re great in the summer, though. I’ll take it. And about the brush: kind of, yes. I left my paddle brush in Mesa because I couldn’t fit it in my suitcase (ridiculous, I know). And here in Canada I have only a soft-bristled round brush that I’ve only ever used for bangs.

    I’m kind of thinking the whole “no brush” concept would make an amazing blog post. Are you with me?

  7. Camille says:

    merkley jiating– What the heck is a jiating? I haven’t fully committed to no brushing, but once I do, it will be awesome. Stay tuned.

    Molly Shumway Rawlins– No need to thank me for swinging by. You should yell at me for not coming by more often. Thanks for the photography compliments—I love taking fall pictures because it’s always been the most intriguing season, in my opinion. I longed for these colours when I was growing up in Mesa, and now here they are. The whole trip, I kept thinking, “This is totally my season.” Deep.

  8. Alicia says:

    I love those pictures. Thanks so much for sharing them!

  9. Geneva says:

    The pictures just make me home sick for Flagstaff. They are beautiful though!

  10. The Roach's says:

    Your pictures are AWESOME!!! All these photos make me miss home, SoCal just doesn’t get colors like that :-) They are great, thank you so much for sharing them!

  11. lindser-lou says:

    these are amazing pictures camille! which camera did you use?
    i think i’m going to steal one for my desktop if you dont mind…that one with the thick red trees is stunning. i wish i were there!

  12. Zach and Whitney says:

    You are very good camille. Your fall foliage pictures are just what I needed today. They are gorgeous and now im moving to oregon.

  13. Camille says:

    Alicia– You’re welcome. Thank you for liking them!

  14. Camille says:

    Geneva– Oh, Flagstaff. I have such fond memories of a summer I spent there hangin’ with my sister and my mom. Never saw it in the fall, though.

    The Roach’s– I’m sorry you miss home, but SoCal is not a bad alternative, I would think. I hold a special spot in my heart for every place I’ve visited. SoCal gets a big one.

    Lindser-Lou– Of COURSE you can swipe one! It makes me feel so…loved! Absolutely. I used the small camera, the Konica Minolta. I was telling PK about the swank new one you just landed, and he said, “That’s generally the same thing you have (he calls the small one mine). Just that hers is newer and has more fancy features.” When PK bought the small one years ago, though, it was like $600 or so. YOU GOT A DEAL!!!!! A deal that I very much love. Go you.

  15. HeatherPride says:

    Beautiful! I went on a fall photo extravaganza this weekend myself. And yes, it was so good for the soul.

    Wish I could say the same for being at work today! :p

  16. Holly Janeen says:

    amen. to everything. and you are right… there is so much hope to a railroad… i was never quite able to place what made me love them so.

    and as for your hair decision… rock on.

    and as for changing the world… you already have my dear… you already have.(well, at least the blogging world)

  17. Jami says:

    Yes, like i have said before…I am ready to pack my bags, and move to “back east” for some better leafs. I love fall, and all I want to do is go to pumpkins patches, and pick my own strawberries at a farm. I love coldness, but only went I am snuggled into a cute husband, and blanket with some yummy treats.

  18. Anonymous says:

    GORGEOUS! That made my day. The world is oh, so lovely. Thanks for reminding me of this!

  19. RatalieNose says:

    wow those are absoloutely beautiful!!!!!!! This post made me sad, I don;t know why, but it was a good sadness…. well actually that’s how all day has been it all started wiht that good stinking dream then it all went downhill from there….

  20. Camille says:

    Zach and Whitney– Every time I go, I can hardly stand to leave it. Oregon is BEAUTUIFUL!

    HeatherPride– I’m glad you survived the training nonsense. I missed your comments!

    Holly Janeen– What a kind supporter you are of AoOL! Thanks for the votes of confidence. I don’t know about changing the world, but I appreciate the compliment.

    Jami– You’re right. The best thing about this dratted cold is the fact that PK is right here with me. Tonight for dinner we had clam chowder and crusty bread, and it was heaven.

  21. Camille says:

    Anonymous– Well, you’re very welcome. The world can be a lovely place, indeed.

    RatalieNose– Sorry ’bout your lousy day. Fall can be a sad time (up here it signifies the ending of outdoors for another six months). In fact, today I was at the grocery store and I picked up an orange, smelled it, and got TEARS IN MY EYES. I miss AZ’z citrus, and this is the time of year to start thinking about that. So I guess you and I…we’ll be sort of sad together.

  22. Anonymous says:

    lovely scenes of fall..our beautiful planet slowing for a rest.
    Oregon looks wonderful.

  23. Niki (Crum) Worthen says:

    definitely healed! thank you.

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