Autumn in Reykjavík

It’s our last day in this wonderful city, and I am very sorry to leave it. This afternoon I took a break from packing and errands to take a walk downtown. Over the past week or so I have noticed that the leaves are changing color. As a Californian of three decades, I have never before lived in a place with a real fall season. It is so beautiful.

Dewy orange-red leaves

{as always, click on photos to enlarge, or mouse over for description/notes}

I cut through Hólavallagarður cemetery on my way to town. The place has undergone quite a transformation since my first visit there one month ago. Then it was all green and grey, and now it boasts every color from flaming red to deep purple.

Big tree with leaves in orange and red

Small burgundy berrylike growths on a plant with browning leaves

Big evergreen with a flaming-red shrub under it

Tiny pink flowers

Different tiny pink flowers

Drapey yellowing leaves

There is a little bit of an autumn in California, but it’s nothing like this.

Orange and golden leaves

Orange mushrooms

Leaves against the sky

Big brown round mushrooms

Mixed evergreens and autumn deciduous trees

On the north side of the cemetery I got a lovely…

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