Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Autumn is here with a vengeance.

And even though I hate the thought of winter headed my way, this does seem like a happy time of year.
There's something about the combination of bright blue skies and vivid leaves that is so appealing.
Chlorophyll absent, this maple and oak leaf pair stand out against the still very green grass.
I probably drive my son crazy, because as we drive I say constantly, "Wow, look at that tree!"
Sweetgum leaves fall in a variety of colors, this one in a speckled yellow.
One of the best things about this part of the country is that we get spectacular color in the fall and lush green for a big part of the rest of the year.
Even the highway through town looks decorated.
But I don't have to go that far - the drive into my neighborhood is also wonderful.
When the leaves first fall, the lawns in the neighborhood have bright leaf carpets.
And this tree on the corner absolutely glows.
And then there is my own home.  The big old dogwoods in front are in the homestretch, leaves a more aged red now.
From my bedroom the sun comes in one one side through these trees,
and through these along the back yard.
Remind me of this when it's cold and barren, okay?

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  1. "...this does seem like a happy time of year."

    Yes, it does! Fall is perhaps my favorite time of the year. Everything is so colorful and the air feels so crisp. It makes me feel so energized and alive!

    I'm originally from the north east, but lived in Florida for 20 years. I really enjoyed my time in Florida but when I turned 45, I suddenly got the desire to move back. I missed the change of seasons and how they make the holidays so special.

    Stunning photos! The colors you captured are truly beautiful. You really captured the essence of the fall!

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    1. Thanks! Summer is still my favorite - I am very much a warm weather person. But I do like this crisp time of year and tromping through the fallen leaves. And it does seem somehow right for the holidays to be when it's colder.

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  2. I envy you living in an area with beautiful autumn foliage. At least I can enjoy the photos. I think when it comes to other seasonal events, particularly snow, I am happy to only enjoy photos :)

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    1. You and me both - I would happily forfeit being here for the snow!

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  3. some wonderful pics...i love autumn...the pumpkin smiley face is really cool...its the crisp air and the colors that get me every year...love to be out in them...

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    1. That pumpkin face makes me smile every time I drive by it - so friendly.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your autumn with us who don't get the vivid four seasons; those trees are so gorgeous in color! I would be like you driving down the street; I'm sure I would be commenting about all the colorful trees out there!

    betty

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    1. Even if there isn't someone else in the car, I'm commenting in my head as I pass the trees. :-)

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  5. The colors make me happy too! I don't get that down here so it's nice to live it through you.

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    1. I figure I'll need this post to go back and look at while I'm waiting for Spring to get here.

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  6. I'm planning a very similar post. Even have a window picture like you do! The colors are gorgeous.

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    1. Then I will come over and declare that you are copying me. :-o

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  7. the vistas the rolling foothills give do draw people to your area. Does the tree viewing tourists clog up the roads much?

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  8. I love the colours of fall but I am a summer person, I need to be warm. 10 days in Egypt in December will top me up with vitamin D and make winter a little shorter I hope.

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    1. It should do that. I'm a summer person, too.

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  9. oh fall is my absolute favorite season. i think it is perfectly gorgeous. the leaves against a blue sky on a warm, sunny indian summer day....it just doesn't get any better than that in my mind. thanks for sharing your southern fall as ours is fading away. the views from your windows....aahhhh...

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    1. I love it, but I definitely prefer summer. And spring, for that matter!

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  10. Ooh, I was just needing an injection of autumn; it's gnarly bad weather outside these last two days--rain and cold and feelings fo winter too early come. Your post has reminded me there's still color and warmth to be had!

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    1. Brrr! I am not ready for winter any time soon.

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  11. i love how you take pictures of leaves.

    you and i can bitch our way through winter, okay? i'll start early: GRRRRR

    meanwhile, it so beautiful it's almost enough to just 'be'

    love love
    kj

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    1. You can count on me bitching with you about the cold through the winter!

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  12. Such amazing colours! There's nothing like that in Northern Ireland. Just a few orange leaves here and there. And I thought the best displays of autumn (fall) leaves were supposed to be in New England. Clearly not so!

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    1. This part of the country has an equally spectacular display in the fall, with the bonus of milder winters than up north.

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  13. Thank you so much. Absolutely gorgeous. I can't get enough.
    We don't get those changes here and I love seeing your photos.
    That yellow speckled leave against the brown leaves it my favorite.

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  14. I'm thinking Cinnamon/Sugar doughnut HOT out of the grease at an orchard....

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    1. I ca't say I've ever encountered donuts at an orchard.

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  15. So, should I tell you about the snow piling up outside right now? Looks like Montana is going straight into winter.

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  16. Two inches on the ground and still piling up.

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  17. Goodness, that's quite a show you get in your parts. We have some gorgeous colours but nothing like that.

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