Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Why I love Autumn in South Herzegovina

When the north of the country is preparing to dive into the cold and dark season ahead, here in south Bosnia and Herzegovina, the bright autumn days are in full swing.

We are having some winds right now, that bring a lot of fresh and cold air from the north, but the days are still very sunny and enjoyable. Tourists are still in Mostar and surrounding country, and on the other hand, the fruits of the season are also coming into bloom. From fresh pomegranates, pumpkins and all the way to some great southern olives.


Here are a couple of reasons why I love autumn in these parts of Europe and why I think that this is a perfect time for a visit.

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It's that time of year for olives

This might be a strange reason for you, but I just love when olives ripen. Every year for the past 10 years or so, my dad goes and buys lots of bottles of extra virgin olive oil that last us all the way through summer next year. It's unbelievably delicious when the olives are organic and grown locally, and you get the olive oil from the first cold pressing. The store-bought stuff can't compare. This is definitely a reason why I love autumn in Herzegovina.


Sunny Days are long and warm

Yes the nights get cold, but the days are so enjoyable, like you wouldn't believe. You can visit all tourist and nature spots during the day, without the summer heat, and really enjoy everything that the landscapes have to offer.


The Ruby Seeds of Pomegranates

Sure you get the occasional sour dispositioned one (although my mom would jump and say, that those are the healthiest and full of vitamin C), most of the ones that are harvested here in South Europe are sweet, juicy and gorgeously red. Definitely an autumn treat, that because of the great weather ripens much faster then in other parts of Europe, where it is commonly known as a winter fruit.



Autumn lasts longer

Because of the great weather we get to enjoy autumn much longer then the rest of the country. This results in leaves being longer on trees, and gives you more photo ops during the autumn months. How could you not love this region for an attribute like that?




The Colors of the Season

Admittedly, this is not a feature that is just common to these parts of the world. Autumn is jaw droppingly beautiful everywhere. But I couldn't write a post about why I love autumn and not include a word or two about those intense and vibrant colors. They are a gift of nature and I try to cherish them with every step I take outside.


What are your favorite attributes of autumn in your corner of the world?

44 comments:

  1. Sehr schöne Bilder und Farben. LG

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  2. Your love of the season comes through loud and clear from your comments and your bright and colorful photos. I envy that your father has the wisdom and opportunity to buy all that olive oil. Enjoy!!

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    1. Thanks Kate. Our wine cellar is mostly filled with bottles of olive oil, this time of year :)

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  3. Fresh olive oil sounds wonderful and now I am feeling quite jealous. :)) The pomegranates look yummy too!

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  4. love that pomegranate photo and the red leaves.

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  5. Foe me, that last shot says Autumn to me.

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  6. Such wonderful colors!

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  7. you have gorgeous autumn there too. ripe olive...ummm yummy.

    I've never eaten a pomegrante, but they sure are pretty.

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    1. Ours here are like little morsels of juiciness.

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  8. Love your fall color shot!

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  9. Beautiful photos to go with your ode to Autumn.

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  10. Such beautiful, colorful Autumn captures, Mersad! I agree with Kate, your love of the season is wonderfully displayed through your photos!! Thank you so much for sharing the beauty!

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  11. Beautiful autumn scenes.

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  12. Beautiful, and very similar to Greece right now!

    Poppy

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  13. Fresh, organic olive oil - Wow! That must be such a treat. All of your shots are great and capture the essence of Fall so well.

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    1. It really is a treat and worth every penny. We use it in fresh form as much as possible.

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  14. Bei den tollen Impressionen kann ich deine Gefühle für den Herbst voll nachvollziehen. Tolle Fotos!!

    Wünsche noch einen schönen Abend und sende herzliche Grüsse

    N☼va

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    1. Danke Nova. Herzliche Grüße zurück.

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  15. I also love autumn. love especially the first photo with those colorful leaves. and I would like to taste the pomegranates, they look so delicious.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Hilde.

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  16. The sites and smells become vivid through your photographs. Just beautiful...

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  17. Absolutely stunning. When we lived in Arizona, our back yard had five olive trees. Altho we didn't pickle any, we always enjoyed all the quail that would come in and dine on the fruit. Now, here in Texas about three or four years ago, I asked Bud to plant a pomegranate tree. And I DO protect this tree...since I LOVE anything pomegranate!!

    That one photo of the golden tree and deep azure sky is just breath taking Mersad!

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    1. Happy to read that you have your very own pomegranate tree. When they are in bloom, they are quite the sight. I hope you get to harvest some this year.

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  18. The pomegranates look delicious. Lovely colors and images! Enjoy your week!

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  19. I love the fall colors, pumpkins, and crunchy leaves under my feet. Your images are very beautiful!

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    1. Those are all perfect autumn images. Love the sound of crunchy leaves as well!!

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  20. Autumn is my favorite season - and the colors are stunning in your shots!
    Please share at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2014/10/layers-of-time.html

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  21. these are all so beautiful...i always loved pomegranites as a kid. my own kids just don't share the love for them! i always thought they were fun to eat!

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    1. It's a bit tricky to get all the ruby jewels out of there, but once you're done, it's quite the treat.

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  22. Pomegranates - it so many years since I had one I have forgotten what they taste like. I remember how much fun it was to eat with a pin! Loved all your seasonal pictures.

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    1. They are just wonderful. I think it's time for you to try them again! :)

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  23. How interesting that the N and S are so different and look at that amazing harvest of fruits we could never grow here.

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  24. Olive and pomegranate trees, I don't believe I've ever really seen these up close and personal before. Very interesting post this week.
    JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

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    1. Thanks so much for checking in.

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  25. What a great set of images, great colours.

    peter

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  26. This post reminds me of what it's like living in the Southern states of the US as opposed to the Northern states. In the South, where I am from, the fall color comes weeks later than in the North. We have beautiful red dogwood leaves, and red sumac, and goldenrod and flaming yellows. Not pomegranates, but persimmons which are very sour until the first frost when they become deliciously sweet! The cotton fields become very brown from the defoliate, and the soybean fields turn gold. Beautyberries and pokeberries are purple and there are purple asters. Pumpkins lie orange and plump in their fields. People plant gorgeous chrysanthemums in bronzes and golds and purples. All this is happening when the North has already gone through their glorious blazing fall (and except in the mountainous areas of the South, the North typically beats us for color) and are now facing snows and cold and sleet and discomfort. In the South, we rarely have snow (except in the mountains, of course) and our Winter is easier to bear. I love that you have a similar season. Neat that you have olives ripening during your fall, and I envy you being able to buy directly from the growers! Lovely post and great photos, Mersad!

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    1. I can picture your words very clearly. Those are indeed very similar sounding locations and habits. Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving this wonderful comment. It's much appreciated.

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  27. The best thing about the autumn is the colour and the fruit

    Mollyxxx

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  28. Oh I enjoyed your reasons and photos... The olive oil sounds fantastic and if we could get a longer period of time to enjoy the fall color, I would love that... Michelle

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  29. No wonder you enjoy autumn out there. Just gorgeous!

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