Autumn Is A Time Of Excitement And Celebration

Back road in Autumn
Back road in Autumn
An hike in the forest during Autumn
An hike in the forest during Autumn

A beautiful color spectrum

Autumn is the most colorful season of the year. Sometimes the changes from Summer to Autumn are so subtle that you can miss the beauty if you are not paying attention. The leaves on the trees start losing their green color as they are replaced with shades of reds, and yellows, giving an awesome blend of color sometimes looking almost orange. The shades of color can vary from one area to another depending on how much water the trees had during the summer. During the summer the leaves are green because of the presence of chlorophyll. The chlorophyll's green color masks the other colors in the leaves. As Summer comes to an end, the veins or arteries in the leaves that carry the chlorophyll start to close. As they close the chlorophyll no longer can go through the veins and then they lose their green color, exposing the reds and yellows.

While the changes are taking place there is a short period of time, usually a few weeks that the trees completely change in color exposing the bright colors of red and yellow. This is the time of year that many people will travel to areas that are full of trees just for the enjoyment of their beauty that they fill the countryside with. The changing of the leaves along with the cooler air brings a new energy filled with excitement. The leaves start to fall off of the trees during this time. For that reason, the Autumn season is known by the more popular name of Fall. Many people enjoy hiking during this time because it is cooler and the colors in the forest can be so vivid.

Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon
Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin Patch

The Harvest Moon

Autumn also brings us the fall harvest. Many farmers will harvest many of their crops during the time of the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is a full Moon that appears in late September or early October, closest in time to the Autumn Equinox. During the Harvest Moon there is a longer period of time of light during the evening hours. This allows farmers additional time to work to get in their crops.

Pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns

This is also the time of year that we see pumpkins adding color in the fields as far as you can see. They will be harvested late September and October just in time for creating Jack-O-Lanterns for Halloween. Many farms allow you to walk through the fields to harvest your own pumpkin. This makes it very exciting for the pumpkin carving enthusiast and for young children. Going out to pick your own pumpkin adds to the fun of creating your masterpiece. As you search for the perfect pumpkin you are also imagining the shape of the face that you are going to carve. You need to wonder, is it the face that you have pictured that helps you choose the right pumpkin, or is it the pumpkin that helps you choose the face that will be carved into it?

Halloween
Halloween

Halloween

The celebration of Halloween has been around for many years, all the way back to the Ancient Celtic times. Over the years it has made it's way to America but wasn't very popular until about the 1920's and 1930's. Since that time it has become more celebrated in local communities with parades, and trick or treating. Halloween is celebrated every year on October 31st. Halloween adds to the excitement of Autumn through the various celebrations and costumes.

Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the last holiday celebration of the Autumn season, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. This is a time of family get togethers, and extravagant feasts. The traditional Thanksgiving dinner is different for every family but many times it includes a turkey, or a ham as the main course, and then stuffing, or potato filling, corn, and maybe a few other vegetables. It is common to see cranberry sauce, apple sauce, sweet potatoes, and many deserts. Some of the more common deserts are various pies such as pumpkin pie, apple pie, mince pie, and some families add cakes to the mix of deserts. If your family is anything like mine, there are more deserts than people attending the dinner. Usually there is way too much food to eat at one sitting. From my experience the food last for several days and it is enjoyable until the end.

Deer Hunting
Deer Hunting

Hunting Season

One of the last exciting traditions celebrated in the Fall or Autumn season is Deer Hunting. Many areas have hunting season for small game animals during the end of the Summer and early fall but Deer Hunting in some areas starts the Monday following Thanksgiving. Some would say this is the most exciting time of Fall. Hunters get packed and leave for hunting camp right after they celebrate Thanksgiving. Many hunters will schedule vacation months in advance so they don't have to go to work for a few days allowing them to find the perfect spot in the woods to sit and wait for that perfect deer, usually a Buck Deer to come along so they can take the perfect shot. Hunting is controversial among many people but it is a long standing tradition in America and is among many the ultimate excitement of the year.

Enjoy the beauty and the celebrations during this Autumn Season and be safe.

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SanLaro 5 years ago from Dominica/Guyana

This is very interesting! I come from a land where it it wet or dry.It is very green all year round. I love the warmth,love and beauty that is portayed through ur writings.


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@SanLaro

Thank you very much for the kind comments. I am glad that you enjoyed this article.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

A great hub. It surprises me how many people do find the autumn a depressing time. I think, along with spring, it is one of the most energetic and certainly beautiful times of the year - as you've highlighted so well in your hub.

Voted up!


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

I always did like the Autumn and Spring. They are both my favorite seasons. Thanks for taking the time to read it and for your response. I also appreciate the vote up, thanks!


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

Hello Allen: What a beautiful hub that celebrates the joys of autumn. The East certainly has it over the West in terms of Splendor during change of seasons!


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@davenmidtown

It is very beautiful here in the Autumn time of the year. Right now many of the leaves on the trees have changed and they will soon fall off.

Thank you for stopping by to read it.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hello Allen, I love Autumn and it's wonderful colours and you have described it beautifully here, thank you for sharing, voting up, best wishes MM


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@Movie Master

Thank you for the nice comments and thanks for reading it voting it up. I do appreciate it.


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wilderness 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

I, too, like Autumn with its colors and holidays. Halloween is great fun, with the grandchildren coming over to trick or treat our neighborhood and all the kids coming to the door to "tik oh teat" and then disappear with a "tank u!"

The best,though, is Thanksgiving when all our family gets together for a few days. It is always a special time of the year.

Voted up - you've done a great job of bringing Fall home to all of us.


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@wilderness

Thank you for taking the time to read it and for the vote up. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of them all but sad to say that most of my family is gone so the amount at the dinner table is much less than what it used to be.


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iZeko 5 years ago

Hi, Allen! That was a very enjoyable read. I love the autumn with all its colors and celebrations!


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@IZeko

Thank you for reading it. I am glad that ou enjoyed it.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I'm with you not just on your poliltical views, but your ability to write and the seasons of the year.

Autumn IS a wonderful time, with its smells, colors and that perfect temperatures...

this was a fun one to read...vote up and awesome!

Chris


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks Chris! I appreciate the time you took to read it and for the vote up.


vvaleed 5 years ago

another beautiful hub Allen that brings a lot of joy to the one who had a bad day all along (talking about me)...thanks to you!!


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thank you vvaleed for reading it and for the comments. I'm glad it could make your day better.


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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

Autumn is my favorite season. I just love everything about it, the colors, the crisp air. . .except for the hunting season. I just wish they could leave the innocent, beautiful animals alone.

Thank you for a beautiful hub. Voted up.

Take care!


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@Sannet

Thank you for reading this hub. I always enjoyed Autumn too, and at one time hunting was the highlight. I haven't hunted in a very long time and no longer have that desire. Thanks for the vote up! I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

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