89 – Autumn *

Special thanks to Amy for providing the photos. Amy is in the USA and I encourage readers to visit her photography blog Heaven on Earth. Amy hasn’t been blogging as often, but she still supplied photos. Feel free to comment on her images here. Besides, she may make a surprise appearance here. Amy’s work is copyrighted by Amy Rose Photography.

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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Temperatures here at the beach in winter for snowbirds remind me of home during autumn. The daytime temperatures range from hot to warm to mild to cool to even cold – a time when on most days, it is comfortable to wear shorts and a sweatshirt or jacket by day. However, nightfall usually delivers a bit of a chill. Unlike autumn at home, temperatures here are trending in a positive direction.

Autumn is a time between when the sun crosses the equator delivering equal amounts of day and night to the time of the winter solstice. The decreasing hours of daylight that started in early summer continuously move toward the shortest day of the year while autumn’s temperatures move toward the colder days of winter. On the other hand, autumn in one hemisphere is the counter to spring in the opposite hemisphere.

Autumn is a melancholy time. The joys of summer are waning and the chills of winter are on the approaching horizon. As the mood of the skies slowly changes from blue to gray, our mood also changes from outward to inward. Autumn is a transition time when winter begins awakening from its sleep with a sudden slap in the face to foreshadow what is on the seasonal horizon.

To some, autumn is a period of maturity – life reaching its prime. But to others, autumn is a time of decline – waning – a time of old age.

Autumn is the time for the final ripening of many fruits, grains, and vegetables – all for the final harvest – a time when the freshness of the garden stands on wobbly legs. Oktoberfest and other harvest-related community festivals celebrate the pickings. In North America, the harvest season culminates with Thanksgiving celebrations.

Autumn is a season of corn stalks, hay bales, pumpkins, squash, and nuts – a season when tall ornamental grasses show colorful plumes as they sway in the wind – a time when winds turn the outside colors into flowing auburn hair.

Autumn is a time when the hills are alive with color – the colors of the deciduous leaves inviting people to go on a weekend drive or plan a trip with hopes of seeing nature’s seasonal painting at its peak display. Leaves transition from green to a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows, and golds before turning brown.

Trees dancing in the wind will hasten leaves’ descent to the ground while others hang on as a sign of who they once were. Fallen leaves blanketing the ground and then decaying to enrich the soil for the living world as one of nature’s recycling methods – that’s one process preparing for the rebirth of spring.

Leaves to rake, mulch, compost, or bag are part of the season – and the price homeowners pay for having summer shade. We rake leaves into a large pile for kids to play in. Many of us can close our eyes and imagine the smell of burning leaves.

Squirrels gathering nuts for their winter stock. Migrating birds flying toward a warmer climate with more food. Places with migrating herds of animals. Many plants are preparing for the dormancy of the winter that lies ahead. Animal furs begin to thicken.

Autumn is a time when the sounds of crickets slowly fade into silence, which leads to the final mowing of the lawn – and the sound of brisk winds through the barren trees.

Autumn is a time when we sigh at the passing dreams and joys of summer – a time when we try ignoring the faint drums of winter in the distance. Although the drums slowly become louder, we act surprised or with discontent when they are just around the corner.

Occasionally autumn provides an abnormal extension of warm weather deep into the season. This can happen anywhere in the world, so different cultures have their term for this time. Mine is Indian Summer, although I don’t know its origin.

I once read that autumn is the most reliable of the seasons. I’ve thought about that statement ever since encountering it – and now I can’t dispute it.

Although this seasonal transition is on nature’s time, we notice the trends. Temperatures are slowly dropping as a move toward winter – a sign to me that soon I will hear my wife’s “I hate winter” mantra. It is then I know the time for my return to the beach is near. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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130 thoughts on “89 – Autumn *”

  1. Autumn us actually my second fave season…after spring. I don’t care for the cold and snow disasters of winter, but I can tolerate that much better than the oppressive heat and often humidity of summer. When its winter, you’ll never hear me say that I wish it was summer, LOL!
    The more temperate temps of fall, the wonderful painted leaves, and the thought of all the fun things that happen by way of festivals and feasts have me loving the fall.

    But I do hate the multitudes of walnuts that are thumping down on us this year…the squirrels can have them all! LOL! They are so abundant, they even can’t deal with them all. (I have someone coming soon to give us an estimate of what it would cost to take the culprit tree down for us.)

    I love watching and hearing all the geese as they fly in their synchronized fashion honking as they go. I I do miss the birds that have flown to warmer climes. It never ceases to amaze me that they can fly in such strict formation…following their leader. The deer around here are much more active now too…except that is bad for unwary drivers…yup, we’ve been deer hitters too…our county in Michigan is one of the worst for deer/vehicle encounters.

    Today we had a big showery time of ‘graupel’! Like icy-snow pellets. They accumulated and I was glad that soon they all melted, LOL!The sunshine against the colored trees was gorgeous this morning, before the clouds came to dump the graupel on us:)

    Have a great fall week!

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  2. This is a lovely experience to read Frank, to the gentle hum of background waves and music. The photos are simply exquisite. I like that autumn signals to you that it’s time to get back to the beach. I usually see autumn as nature’s last hurrah before the darkness of winter. This post reminded me of why I like autumn so much! I was feeling a bit gloomy because the weather was getting so cold. I hope you are keeping well, Frank.

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    1. Lenora,
      Hey hey – good to see you here! 🙂 Yes – autumn leads us into the darkness of winter – and point the way with a touch of chills and occasional gloom. But the transition is a sight to behold – and that’s why I’m fortunate enough to have Amy share her photos. Plus, for those of us who have hot, humid summers – the transition temperature are wonderful. All is well here, and I hope the some for you. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Yes, it’s all those things, Frank, and like your wife I used to say ‘I hate winter’, before we moved here. Now it’s just ‘I hate cold’. But you can wrap up warm, and I do so enjoy kicking those dry leaves. It’s a beautiful time of year.

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  4. Ah, Frank… ‘reliable’ sounds right for it’s sure to provide best images around. Autumn is the best time of the year for me. Beautiful post, my friend and what better than Amy’s images from her Autumn paradise. Huge sigh!
    Yamas!

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  5. Autumn has always been my favorite time of the year……it’s like a “hesitation” before REAL cold arrives and a chance to see Mother Nature at her glorious finest with color. Beautiful photos – looks like our back yard woods…….and while Autumn means Winter is just a step away – it does its best to give us a show that we can carry in our hearts through the cold and snow ahead

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Cheers to you for having a backyard of woods. Then again, I had that at my previous home of 27 years – and I must say, I don’t miss the work of leaf season. I like you thought for autumn as a hesitation because I never thought of it that way before. Good word! Glad you enjoyed Amy’s photos and thanks for sharing.

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  6. Oh yes, Fall is my favorite season…but then I’m an October Baby so I’m a bit biased. Lovely, thoughtful text and photos, Frank.
    BTW: when I saw/heard your Satie selection I couldn’t resist to add my recording of it for you to enjoy also…I hope I’m not overstepping blogging ‘rules’

    Enjoy the season!

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    1. Laura,
      Thanks for the kind words about the walk – and you certainly have no reason for bias for this time of year. 😉 You are certainly not out-of-bounds with the video. Love it … especially because it comes with a personal touch – and I learned something about you. Cheers to your talent and thanks for sharing a bit of your musical beauty.

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    1. Barbara,
      I apprecite your thoughtfull comments about Amy’s pictures and my writing. To me, her autumn photos come with a special glow – and through the years, I’ve seen many of her photos – so I’m lucky that she is willing to share them here with me. Meanwhile, your upcoming hibernation made me laugh. 🙂

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  7. Melancholy is the perfect word to describe Autumn. It is a time of endings and beginnings, a time of transition. It is my favourite season because is it is the most comforting. I love that the trees change their clothes and Mother Earth puts on a show of such brilliance it makes my heart warm. Love the photographs!

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    1. Laurie,
      Cheers to the golden time of the year in Maine. I imagine that the colors are past peak for you at this time with some trees actually barren. Whoever made the video I used here did a great job matching the music and the images. It’s a great tribute to the season! Glad you enjoyed it. Interestingly, I invite you to return to listen to the video Laura provided in the comments.

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  8. Count me in on “I hate cold” Frank – your thoughts on autumn echo my own but here in the south we no longer experience the colorful glories of the season (except for our beautiful sweetgrass of course). It may be the only thing I miss about the north but I know winter always follows so I’m content with our purples here and images from others (like you!) online. Thanks for the thoughtful perspective as always.

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    1. Tina,
      Glad that this post of thoughts, images, and a video were able to bring back the memories of autumn in the north. Meanwhile, I also understand why you enjoy living where you do now. After all, it’s your images that bring warmth to the northerners during winter. Thanks for the kind words AND for what you do.

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  9. Autumn is my favourite season (like so many). I get the melancholy feeling starting in mid-November, when the leaves are all gone and there is yet snow to brighten things up.
    Amy’s photos are divine!
    One of my favourite pieces of music is the Gymnopédie No. 1 by Erik Satie.
    Happy Hump Day Frank!

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  10. Many view autumn as life’s waning cycle. I like to think of it as nature’s gift of magical light before shorter days. You’re right…Amy’s images are quite extraordinary. Thank you for sharing them. I poked around her webpage-really beautiful stuff there.

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    1. Monika,
      “Nature’s gift of magical light before shorter days” … oh I like that. Could be the winner of the I Wish I Would Have Thought of That Award. Thanks for the kind words about Amy’s pics and for checking her blog. She told me that she may be posting an autumn set this weekend. Thanks for sharing your wonderful sentence! 🙂

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  11. Ah, Frank, I just can’t categorize Autumn as ‘melancholy.’ In fact, it’s my favorite season! The brutal hurricane season is over, the wicked spring storms have passed, and the miserable humidity of deep summer is gone. Oh, and the ice and snows have yet to make their appearance! Besides, just contemplating Nature’s ravishing reds, golds, and oranges is enough to make me smile. So it’s Beach Time again? Happy travels, my friend!

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  12. Autumn is really my favorite season. Less yard work (mostly put off to spring), beautiful colors, time to relax and reflect and walk the dog.
    Our skies do not gray for the winter, fortunately. I think they get even bluer!

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    1. Eileen,
      Thanks for the info about Autumn in your region. I remember leave season was a 6-8 week ordeal at my previous residence. That’s a lot of leaves to work … and you are saying less yard work? Wow! Cheers to your blue skies in winter! As you know, lots of gray in my region of Ohio during winter. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. PD,
      Glad you enjoyed this walk and Amy’s outstanding photos. No doubt – autumn is a rich season – but one correction. Most of the information comes from focusing thoughts on Autumn – not research. Research is involved, but only to fill in the blanks and help with connections. Thanks for chiming in! 🙂

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        1. If you have left a previous reply my apologies for not answering you. Some of my comments are going to spam and then when I unspam them I have no idea where they go. So good to know you are on board with me. You won’t be bored that I promise. SMILE!! xo

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  13. Thanks for bringing my attention to this post, Frank. Just lovely. I don’t feel melancholy about Autumn; in fact, it brings me great delight to be surrounded by such beauty. (I’m also a lover of Winter’s snow for the same reason.) Your words and Amy’s images are like poetry.
    Enjoy Florida! 🌞

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  14. Frank,
    Lovely post, with great pictures. Amy’s work is A+ with extra ++++!
    I find her art inspiring. I’ll go over in awhile and see what she’s been up to.
    Autumn is my fave season. It’s the best time for long walks. No ice or snow on the ground, no body overheating from the exercise, great skies for taking pictures(usually a bit or a lot cloudy here) and not too, many people out and about. Perfect!

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  15. A beautiful post about Autumn, there is a melancholy with this season. As you say a time of waning or of looking back on younger days. Amy’s video is perfection with this. Take care Frank. Sending my best wishes for a lovely Autumn.

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  16. We have Indian Summers here too, Frank, occasionally… I’ve never really considered why they’re called that! We also have icy cold Winter days in Summer, really hot Summery days in Winter, and sometimes we have all four seasons in one day. I don’t think they have any exotic sounding names though. And your mention of leaves reminded me of some white leaves that I saw the other day. I’ve seen all colours of leaves, but never white before, which I thought most odd! 🙂

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      1. Hi Frank… firstly, I’ve been notified of your reply, so that’s a good thing!
        As for the white leaves, I didn’t think on to take any photos of them, and I think for a post that kind of evidence would be needed! I’ll keep my eyes peeled, and when I see more of them, instead of thinking “oh, white leaves…” I’ll try to remember my camera! 😀

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  17. A beautifully expressed write on the changes of Autumn, aFrank. It is a time of melancholy when we want to stoke the fires at home. Our world becomes quieter and calmer because we feel the need to nest. Although my favorite time is Spring, I’m beginning to favor Autumn now. I like the cooler morning and evening temps. It’s just enough of a reminder of the woes of winter left behind. I think I gifted that mantra to your wife 😀 sorry : )
    I had to smile when I read the part about the final lawn mowing. Sadly, not here. My lawn people never stop mowing. Hey … they have to make a living. Even my pool guy comes to manage the pool without us using it. : )
    Your posts are always thought provoking. They get us to think about our likes and dislikes of whatever you’re writing about. Have a relaxing weekend
    Be safe … Isadora 😎

    A little Van Morrisson for you to dance a bolero with your wife: an inexpensive way to warm up …

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  18. “I once read that autumn is the most reliable of the seasons. I’ve thought about that statement ever since encountering it – and now I can’t dispute it.”

    Sorry, Frank, I have to disagree with you. This year has been so confusing, so much so that I missed peaks in certain parts locally here and now leaves are just dropping without changing. Again thank you for using my images. I am humbled that you have. xo

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    1. Kate,
      No doubt about it – people living in temperate or tropical climates don’t see the color that I describe. Not only do Amy’s photos help, but so do the images with beautiful music I feature at the end. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I hope all is well in Australia.

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  19. I’m very fond of Satie, and enjoyed the video very much, Frank. Although our Southern California autumn brings subtle changes, it’s hilarious to see the squirrels burying “winter” acorn supply when there won’t be a need. My pots are all a mess for their digging, 😳

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