Sunday, October 19, 2014

My Home in Autumn

It’s that time of year again when the leaves of our trees begin to change color.  No matter how often I see the same trees, along the same driveway near the house, I still manage to gasp when I behold all of the splendor of our deciduous trees at the right moment.  To me it almost seems like magic when we make our way up the curving, sloped driveway onto the road, because it is along this stretch that I first begin to take in what nature does during the Fall.  

With our weather being rather balmy from week to week, peppered with thick clouds and the occasional rainstorm, it’s been difficult to capture good photographs of the property.  Thankfully, I did go out for a walk on a day in which the sun was poking through the clouds.  Although I was under the weather during this excursion, I feel as if it did me a world of good to be out and about.  

I’m not sure if you have particular favorites when it comes to trees, but whether they’re sycamores, walnuts, beeches, maples, dogwoods, lindens, oaks or paulownias (yes, we’re surrounded by all of these), they all have something to contribute to one’s surroundings.  It’s great to be outdoors exploring and observing nature’s magnificent beauty right now.  Take a moment from your busy schedule and go outside.  Stroll through the neighborhood, a city park or a nature trail and find out what changes you catch sight of.  Autumn is a good time to be outdoors!  


You can see that the sky is still overcast, yet it's warm and a bit muggy.  The driveway gets covered on a daily basis with leaves falling off the trees and it's a struggle keeping it tidy and clear.  

As I make my way up the driveway and onto the road, you can see that the trees bordering this property and the one across the street are clearly past the verdant stage.  Crimsons, yellows, browns & chartreuse shades always take my breath away when I'm this far up the driveway.  Every single year, I long for these mornings.  It's something that I never tire of. 

If I turn to my right, the sloping lawn that's dotted with oaks, next to the bank barn, is wondrously carpeted with leaves in various shades of brown.  This area is covered in acorns!  

Along the fencing here by the driveway you can see how thick with trees the landscape is.


Here is another good view of the same area with the barn to one's left.


A leaf-covered driveway, yes, but one that is always a pleasure to walk on or drive up this time of year.  Winter is another story.



The entrance to the field is a nice place to pause and observe.  This is where I take in what's going on all around me and see what has changed.


The meadow is absolutely spectacular right now.


A quick turn to look behind me shows you how the hill simply swallows the stone barn.


It's time to head back to the house and make some tea.  The cats are probably wondering where I am and how long I'll be out.  I'm sure they're anxiously awaiting their afternoon treats. 

My Home in Autumn.


I do hope everyone is having a great autumn wherever you happen to reside. If you're on the east coast and are experiencing nature's beauty right now, then feel privileged that you are where you are.  To my family & many of my friends on the west coast, this little bit of Pennsylvania where I live is for you.  

Cheers & Happy Autumn!


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