Though Fall is officially here it has not felt like it with the temperatures in the high 80s. Since the Burke Fall Festival, however, it feels that the season has arrived. Autumn is my favorite time of year. Cooler temperatures while the sun still shines brightly are so refreshing. It’s time to wrap yourself in your favorite sweater in the mornings and evenings; time to have the first fire in the fireplace; time to consider flannel bedding.
During the harvest season smells abound, reminiscent of all that is comforting and safe. What smells better than freshly made applesauce? Okay, maybe baking pumpkin bread, or apple crisp, or homemade tomato sauce. The combination of those smells remind me that home is a warm and comforting place, and fill me with cherished memories from many years of family harvest celebrations.
The glorious taste of autumn flavors is a pleasure in all ways. The tang of fresh crisp cider, crunchy sweet carrots and parsnips fresh from the garden, tart homemade pickles, and warm baked pumpkin bread fresh out of the oven, dripping with butter. . .
While I wait patiently for the Fall colors, I think about all the places I will photograph this year, knowing that I can’t plan the best pictures. Nature has a way of doing its own thing, so it’s never easy to know which landscapes will be best to photograph from one year to the next. I anticipate the road trips and walks along trails in search of the brightest colors and the best shots. I’m always looking for just the right light in Fall shots and there are so many variations to be found in the early morning fog, or the mid-day sun, or the blueness of the evening.
In Autumn the world is filled with the sound of crunching leaves underfoot, with the wind blowing making it appear as though the leaves are falling like rain. Walking through the village you can hear the corn husk decorations swishing in the breeze, and the wind chimes in the backyards come alive with song. We are reminded that tougher weather is coming by morning or evening flights of geese honking overhead.
Oh, the blessings of Fall!