This has been an autumn of incomparable beauty in these parts!
Do I say that every year?
I believe I do and, yet, this year seems special. It might be because I have taken more than the normal number of opportunities to get out and enjoy this fall. I’ve taken multiple leaf-peeping drives with my mom, made that trip to the Wild Center with Don, and had a bracing walk in the woods with a friend.
I’ve sought out autumn color, in panoramic views.
And up close.
In the mountains.
And by the lake.
In my own yard.
The best thing about autumn here, maybe, is that it shows up everywhere. Even on the ugliest commercial highway, I’ll see one glorious tree. Or in a muddy patch, one bright leaf. At every turn of the road, is a new reason to gasp out loud and stop and admire.
This year I’ve made a point to drive rural roads where there’s so little traffic I can hit the brakes, put the car in reverse, and go back to take a good look at a view I glimpsed out of the corner of my eye.
And try to capture it in a photo, or ten, to share with you.
And still, I never, ever, feel like the photos do justice to the scenes. The colors don’t sparkle, the leaves don’t shimmer in the crisp breeze, and photos can’t convey the glory of it all.
And yet every year I try.
So here you have Autumn 2019. It was all an autumn should be.
The big rains and wind came a couple days ago and took most of the leaves down.
And we are reminded again of the evanescence of beauty, the moment that passes too quickly, that “nothing gold can stay.” We must appreciate the gold, and the good, while we can.
What! You stop and back up on rural roads! Oh, you’re the ones making hazards, beyond the usual deer or cattle in the road, for us full time rural residents (ha, ha, just joking, we actually watch our for you this time of year, knowing that your are overwhelmed with emotion at the color, thus not thinking about Dept. of Transportation rules about safe driving). – Oscar
I do! I fling it into reverse–boom! And I *almost* always check my rearview mirror first!
“Winter is an etching, spring is a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”
– Stanley Horowitz
You have captured this mosaic beautifully – thank you for sharing
That’s a wonderful quote–I never heard it before but it’s perfect! Thanks!
Simply stunning! You are lucky to be in such a beautiful part of the world. I’m currently getting through our last autumn in London before moving to the Scottish Highlands. Autumn is my favourite time of year and hopefully I’ll get to see something similar to you next year but for now I’m happy living Autumn through your eyes.
Thanks! Glad to be able to tide you over, until you’re in Scotland with your own beautiful scenery!
The colors just make my heart sing, seeing all those hardwood trees in their glory. We are mostly yellow here, and the snow sped things up quite a bit, but we did have a lovely week here! Thank you for giving me my autumn color fix every year, I so enjoy your photos!
Thanks, Kathy. Every year, I tell myself I’m not going to do this foliage post and every year I cave in. I do love our fall colors so . . .
We don’t have the hardwoods, so miss much of that orange/red/purple mix, so post away!
This is wonderful. I’ve never seen Autumn in the States, but it seems as if this is something you can definitely beat Europe at, hands down.
As you said in a previous comment, we do autumn par excellence! Or at least we do here, in the Northeast. The country is so big, there’s a lot of variation in other regions.
You have captured the beauty of Autumn so perfectly and transported me to earlier life times, home in NY, trips upstate and into NH and V for foliage viewing, sweet memories….
I didn’t know you used to live in this area–I’m glad you’ve seen all this with your own eyes and can get fine memories from the photos!
If there are any deprivations from living where you live, I know this makes up for them. Wonderful!
It’s true–the only we way we earn autumn is to deal with mud in the spring and tons of snow in the winter!
Beautiful photographs. These could give you some inspirations for fabric combinations.
Absolutely! I am trying to be more conscious of that kind of inspiration!
Autumn in your area looks beautiful, Kerry! Gorgeous photos!
I know you have beautiful, albeit different, scenery this time of year–there’s just something about autumn . . .
Photos often don’t come close to capturing the beauty of nature. But you hit the nail on the head. I like the comment on how fall makes everything beautiful.
You and I come to autumn with similar enthusiasm, Laurie!
What a time of year!
So good, the last glorious fling of the year before Winter. God didn’t have to arrange these colours for us but he did, and for that I give thanks.
It does feel like Nature is having a fling, strutting her stuff before she quiets down for a winter’s nap.
Oh so beautiful. I miss Virginia!
You won’t say that when Virginia gets snow and ice this winter! But I would miss autumn very much, if I didn’t live where I do.
Thanks for the reminder (Not that I needed it) that I grew up in a wonderful part of the world. I was very lucky.
Indeed! The combination of mountains and water and big sky all make for great scenery here!
Despite the difficulty of capturing it on camera, you haven’t done a half bad job Madam!!
I’m still waiting for ‘the turn’ to happen here as we seem to be stubbornly holding on to late Summer.
Thanks, Lynne! Sometimes I think I should take a photography class and learn what the heck I’m doing . . . but then I just go back to a loom!
Beautiful!! We got that storm here, too. Thank goodness for our oaks, they haven’t turned yet and held strong.
The storms can wreak a lot of havoc when all the leaves are still on the trees. I am surprised that we still have a lot of color, even after that big wind!
Same here! Yesterday we had a non-storm, just rain. The power was out at work for 5 hours. I don’t get it.
I love to see your vibrant colour and those blue skies add to the beauty of it all. Here there are few native deciduous trees, we remain determinedly shades of green all year round. The few stands of imported exotics that are found in parklands and some parts of the country make a small but delightful autumnal blaze of colour that only the locals, and determined tourists, get to enjoy. Luckily for me I have some exotoc specimens in my local park and I love to admire their colour in the autumn and watch them dress again in spring. It seems autumn comes each year to remind us to enjoy the colour of our lives while we can. This too shall pass. 🙂
The blue sky and sunshine make such a difference to the look of autumn. My mom and I took a drive on an overcast day and it was lovely but . . . diminished. Then a few days later, we took the same drive on a sunny day–oh, my! It was everything we hoped for! And I agree–autumn is beautiful but so fleeting, like life . . .
Beautiful photos – how true that we must appreciate the “gold” while we can.
And I need to be reminded of that–I get caught up in day-to-day trivia and forget to be appreciative.
Exactly–that’s how my eyes look, when i see these trees!
Oh , thank you my friend!!! I lingered over every one to soak in its beauty,yes, I understand that it’s not the same as seeing it with the naked eye but for this southern girl it was wonderful!
I thought of you when I hit “publish” and hoped you’d like the photos!
Thank you for sharing these beautiful images, Kerry. We were experiencing some extraordinary colors this year and then what they called that bomb cyclone blew through (taking down lots of trees and wires) and the majority of the leaves have fallen. Now they are on my lawn.
I wondered if you were in the middle of that weather! We got wind but a lot of the leaves hung on. The leaves are not nearly as attractive when they need to be raked . . . .
The eastern U.S. does autumn so well. I think it’s Ohio’s best season, and it looks pretty good in NY as well. Now if you could just include the smell of autumn with your lovely pics…
I know–the smell really takes it all over the top! Plus the sound of scuffling thru a pile of leaves–I love that. And the geese honking. I love it all.
sometimes we don’t need to see the actual beauty afterwards in our snapshots…but we can see it all within ourselves. okay, so you think we can’t see that sparkle, that crispness or the colour minute changes, but we (at least I) appreciate you took the time to show me…and just maybe I can too can see those subtle changes…
That’s a nice way of seeing it–thanks! For me, the photos serve as a reminder of what I was able to see with my own eyes, of the full experience.
So beautiful. And uplifting 🙂
It does feel uplifting to me. I know some people find autumn sad, the earth dying for the year. But I love it.
You certainly captured some beautiful shots here of your fall color. It has been a beautiful season. As for stopping and putting the car in reverse, no comment from here because then I’d have to admit my various bad moves. 🙂
I only do that reverse thing on really deserted roads! We have them here, roads where there is really NO traffic. And I do check my rearview mirror first . . . .
We’ve had magnificent color here too this year. I agree that you can’t ever really capture it in photos. But you did a pretty good job.
Thanks–I keep trying! The autumn colors and the spectacle of the snow geese–they thrill me but frustrate me every year!
I did a little vicarious “forest bathing” this morning thanks to your BEAUTIFUL photographs. Just paused to admire and breath each one in. Thank you for documenting and sharing all of this beauty with the rest of us!
Thanks, Will! We all could benefit from forest bathing right about now, right? Just to get away from all the noise and drama of the newscasts and daily life . . .
Stunning, Kerry! A spiritual walk down your lanes. Thank you! XO
Thanks for looking! Autumn in the Northeast does seem sort of like a cathedral . . .
so beautiful, can’t beat the glorious colours of nature.
Too bad we can’t get that vibrant color in natural dyes! Do any natural dyeing plants create saturated color?
Thanks for the fall pictures. I don’t see fall living in South Florida.
No, I guess you wouldn’t! But you don’t have to deal with ice and snow either!
Stunning pictures, Kerry! These colours come and go so quickly that you have to go out and find them as often as you can during the season.
Thanks, Clare! This has been a banner year for leaf-peeping. Some years I’m busy or the weather doesn’t cooperate and I feel like I’ve missed autumn altogether. This year, I’ve really made the most of it!
Glorious pictures! I particularly liked the pheasant one. They are so elusive. Fall is beginning here, but I’m not sure it’s going to be a pretty one. August and September were very dry and so the leaves started to crisp….I’m headed to a fiber festival in Asheville this weekend, so perhaps they will have more Fall than we do…
Thanks for noticing the pheasant! Not the best photo–I was driving and saw him and kind of panicked about getting his picture! I hope you get some sort of foliage color–Asheville is supposed to be a beautiful area, right?
The colors are exquisite and so are your photos. I understand, too, trying to capture with a camera what is probably un-catchable: the smell in the air, the damp earth, the cool mist, all of it. You live in such a beautiful part of the country. I also loved your last few words. Lovely post, Kerry.
Thanks, Alys–all those colors have faded already and the leaves are mostly waiting to be raked. So much for autumn!
That flew by! We’ve been waiting around for a more traditional autumn. We’re finally getting cooler weather and a bit of fog. We’re desperate for fire-fighting rain.
Thank you so much, Kerry, for sharing your autumn views! The changing colors fill the heart with a sense of serenity.
It took me a long time to respond to your comment! And now all those beautiful leaves are on the ground, mostly in my driveway!
What a stunning set of photos – I love autumnal colours! 🙂
I love everything about autumn . . . but it’s snowing now so I do believe we have to face winter!
And we’re the opposite – still officially spring but we had our hottest November day in 4 years here yesterday (nearly 37 degrees and we live near the coast). I much prefer the transitional seasons of autumn and spring! The snow must be so pretty but not so much fun to live through – good luck!
Your majestic photos give me a respite from our dry weather in the 90s, And I really like the idea of scenic deserted roads!!
I’m not sure you’d be too excited about the temps in the 20s we’re getting right now! And the snow!
Our Autumn colors have faded with the recent cold temps (29F overnight/barely 40s daytime). Last night’s snow forecast went more south and east (yay!) so just cold and wet this a.m. Your photos are amazing!!! We lack most of that brilliant orange around us, as we live surrounded by state hardwood forest….mostly oaks, hickorys and black walnuts. Our thoughts (especially DH’s) are turning toward our trek to Texas (right after Christmas). The temps in that region are still a bit too summery most days for me!
I think we get a lot of the orange and red from maples–a lot of maples around here and the reds do give an extra punch to the scenery. It’s very cold here right now . . .
Cold here (20F+ colder than the “normal”) and wa-a-aa-a-ay too much snow on the ground!!!! Only color I see is white! 😦 Ugh!!!! Time to head South!!!
Love your pictures. It makes me think of where I grew which is just down the road from you I think. I loved seeing the pheasant. My dad participated in a state program in New York to help repopulate years ago.
That’s so interesting, about your dad and the pheasants! We rarely see them so I had to include that photo, even though it wasn’t very good. Thanks for stopping by!
Just don’t get those vibrant colors by the coast. Late summer just burns the leaves crumbly brown…then BAM!…it’s winter. Very pretty images.
Thanks! Speaking of BAM! it’s winter–we’re due for over a foot of snow tonight. It’s WAY too early for that!!
Yes, indeed. Autumn colours are more precious because they are fleeting. Beautiful images, Kerry.