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Friday, October 21, 2011

Phases of Autumn

Phases of Autumn

In the past two weeks, I’ve experienced three different 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 Quebec, 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.

South of here, on Long Island New York, 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.

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!


Gwen Buchanan said...

Absolutely gorgeous Carol.. Fall does indeed have many faces..
You would make a great Travel Writer

Carol Steel said...

Thank you, Gwen. I love travelling but would likely make a better home-body. I love my home too much to travel very far!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love autumn, thanks for sharing the colours from where you are!

Carol Steel said...

I love autumn too. It is a season of changes and gorgeous colour, and crisp days, each one full of new surprises.

Deborah Carr said...

Lovely photos, Carol. Sounds like you've had a remarkable fall. Nice to see other landscapes.

Carol Steel said...

Thanks. I am lucky this year to have been able to travel through so many variations of the autumn colours I love.