Fall colors

It’s difficult to over-state just how incredibly gorgeous the weather has been here the past few weeks.  I’m talking big-ball-of-sunshine, shorts-and-t-shirt-temps (literally), crayon-blue-skies gorgeous.

Over the past few days the weather has turned a bit (temps have dropped a little, some rain has come through, the sky is a bit duller than what it was); basically, summer has yielded to fall.  And yet, life is still wonderfully (nearly overwhelmingly) beautiful.  Have a look:

I first noticed the changing colors while driving down the road.

The next place I noticed fall was in the park near our house. This tree is *bursting* with tiny red berries.

A few days later on a walk, I couldn't NOT notice.

Lovely.

There might be as many leaves on the ground as there are in the air.

All of the colors in a single spot. Wonderful.

Some people pay lots of good money to have the experience that I’ve been privy to *every day* for the past several weeks.  What a ridiculously lucky person I am.  Seriously.

Stef

[P.S.  I’m going to bookmark this post, and come back to it in late January/early February – to remind myself that the frigid northern climate in which I live really *does* get beautiful later in the year.]  🙂

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26 Responses to Fall colors

  1. Touch2Touch says:

    Great idea, that bookmark!
    Like Leo Lionni’s Frederick (if you don’t know that children’s book, run, don’t walk to your nearest library), you are storing up all the warmth and color for the rest of us, so you have it to hand when all of us will need it so badly.
    Here’s the amazon link, but you really are better off treating yourself to the actual book: http://www.amazon.com/Frederick-Leo-Lionni/dp/0394810406/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0

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  2. Katherine says:

    Those are just gorgeous. We live in the South and the foliage just isn’t as vibrant!

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    • Stef says:

      My family lives in the South as well – and while they tease me when the snow flies, they are a bit envious of our amazing colors. It takes the cold to make the colors pop! 🙂

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  3. Ruth says:

    Gorgeous is right…stunning, vibrant… Words are inadequate to describe the colors, the light.
    We have rain and fog right now but are grateful it is not snow!

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    • Stef says:

      We had a bit of rain earlier this week; and like you, we are delighted it’s not snow! (Though it isn’t unheard of for us to have snow in October…) *shudder*

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  4. barb19 says:

    Words cannot describe the rich colours of Autumn. Absolutely beautiful photos Stef!

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  5. Gorgeous photos! 🙂

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  6. I can never decide if I love the leaves in full bloom on the trees or carpeting the ground with colour. Either way though, Fall is a tapestry of colours which you’ve captured beautifully here. I love Fall, the sights, the sounds, the smells even. Although I was rethinking the smells part after the farmer up the road spread manure yesterday. heh heh.
    walk in beauty this day!

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    • Stef says:

      Having grown up in a farming area, I totally empathize with you and the manure smell. And yet, even that was a sensory bridge for me as a kid, a way to transition from summer to fall, and to prepare for winter…

      My favorite state of fall is when a small dusting of leaves are on the ground, but most of them are still in the trees. I get to see the beautiful colors, yet still feel and hear the crunch, crunch, crunch under my feet.

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  7. We have pretty much the same fall explosion of colors here.. and I, too, will be dreading the winter months. Where do you live? I’m in Alberta, Canada…

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  8. Dodie says:

    Thanks for the pictures, Stef! I really think those awesome fall days cannot be matched.
    Hope your week is going well.

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    • Stef says:

      You’re very welcome Dodie! Yes, the beautiful fall weather is truly a treat. It’s a lovely compensation for the tough winter days we get each year.

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  9. ElizOF says:

    It was quite sunny and warm in my area for a few days and now it has reverted to the cooler temperature.. I love those Indian summers. I love the changing colors of the leaves… beautiful. 🙂
    Finally catching up on posts and comments. TY! 🙂

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  10. Those trees are absolutely spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing all those vibrant colors! 🙂

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  11. Hallysann says:

    Hiya, just dropping in to catch up and landed on this wonderful colour post to start with. Thanks,
    I think my favourite is the middle one. 🙂

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    • Stef says:

      Thanks for catching up Hallysann! The second and fifth pictures are my favorites: the second because it is so close to my house (and because it has a lot of cool colors and textures going on); and the fifth because the tree was just MASSIVE – I definitely felt the awesome power of it.

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  12. Beautiful photos Stef.

    Are they just taken with your mobile phone camera?

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    • Stef says:

      Thanks Jonathan! Yup, all of the pictures that I have taken and posted on my blogs have been snapped with the standard camera app on my iPhone. Not too shabby for a cell-phone. 🙂

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