Phases of Autumn
Here in Riverview, leaves have been changing for weeks. Trees are brilliant with fiery colours, the harvest moon hangs heavy and low in the evening sky, gardens are dying, preparing for rest.
North of here, in
, the season is farther along. Many trees are bare. White birch stands stark against the remaining foliage, much of it blown off and crunchy, lying colourful on the bed of earth. Quebec
South of here, on Long Island
, autumn has hardly begun. This dogwood tree is one of the first to change into its delicate rosy hue. Everything else is still verdant and lush. New York
Travelling this time of the year provides glorious scenery and awe-inspiring vistas. It reminds me: everywhere landscapes, life-styles, priorities and perspectives are as varied as the stages of autumn. Different from what I call home. Different from what I know. It is good to be stretched and to acclimatize to other ways of being and living. And it’s good to be home again!