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Autumn or Fall - It's Still a Beauty

Updated on October 24, 2015

The Majesty of Fall

The Majesty of Fall

Is it Autumn or is it Fall? The two are really interchangeable, especially here in the Northeast. Whether you call it Autumn or Fall, the results are the same. Kaleidoscopes of color mix before our eyes as leaves tumble to the ground in a bright array. Sunlight creates a new majesty in the trees and bushes as the yellows and golds stand out against the reds and oranges. Heralding the coming of winter the weather begins to chill and put a nip in the air. The beauty of fall is unmistakable everywhere you look. Even rain has trouble dampening the glory of color.

Is there ever so much red to be seen or yellow? Leaves on tress and bushes either dyed in red or their ends tipped with it. Flaming reds hidden under sunlit yellows then surrounded by tints of orange. It really is a beauty to behold.

Trees Are Colorful as They Begin to Lose Their Leaves

ÔÇťAutumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."

— William Cullen Bryant

Mums

Fall Flowers

Nature wouldn't say its yearly goodbye without giving us flowers to behold. In my neck of the woods the delicate Aster appears in different shades of pink, blue, purple, and white flowers. A not so welcome flower, the goldenrod, adds its bright yellow plumes. Many plants of Russian sage keep their airy blue flowers at the tips of their silvery leaves. Zinnias stand up straight and reach for the cooling sun. Then there's the tough sedum. Surviving even the driest summer, the sedum blooms its bright maroon flowers in the fall, and what fall garden would be complete with its mums? Mums come in so many sizes and colors to add to fall's beauty. I'm sure you can add to this list as there are a multitude of flowers that bloom late in August and carry over into the fall. Sometimes the last rose of summer can be seen through October, adding its beauty to the morning chill and marigolds begin to perk up again in the cool fall nights.

Sedum's Fall Flower

Zinnias in the Fall

Fall Scenery

Everywhere you look in fall, you can see scenery worth painting. The colors lend a new hue and tone to everyday items. The tints help us re-imagine what we've been looking at the rest of the year and taking for granted.

The colorful trees surround everything with their fiery charm and wake up the artist in us. We begin to think of painting, or writing, or taking pictures, perhaps all three. Our creativity is reborn in the beauty of fall. Nature tugs at us to follow her beauty. It may just be a walk in the woods or on that new rail trail, but it is an invitation to enjoy we can't resist.

If you stop and look you'll realize the Internet is full of photos of fall scenery. Incredible photos to look at or use as desktop wallpaper. Photographs by trusted professionals and photographs by the most amateur photographer, all showing the beauty that's there to see. Don't let the Internet provide your beauty. It really is a time to grab your camera. Take that walk or even a ride, get out in the crisp fall air, but be sure to snap a photo or two to marvel at when you get home.

Fall Colors

Even through my car window the colors are beautiful.
Even through my car window the colors are beautiful.

A Bridge Surrounded by Color

Fallen Leaves

An Autumn Poem by Emily Dickenson

The morns are meeker than they were,

The nuts are getting brown;

The berry's cheek is plumper,

The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,

The field a scarlet gown.

Lest I should be old-fashioned,

I'll put a trinket on.

Mountain in the Background

New York Grown Apples (incomplete)

  • Ace Mac
  • Braeburn
  • Cameo
  • Cortland
  • Crispin
  • Empire
  • Fortune
  • Gala
  • Ginger Gold
  • Golden Delicious
  • Honeycrisp
  • Idared
  • Macoun
  • Paula Red
  • Red Delicious
  • Rome

Apple Picking

In our neck of the woods, fall signals apple picking and pumpkin picking. The child in all of us is reborn at the thought of walking through uneven ground on slanted hills, looking for the biggest, reddest apple we can find.

The range of types of apples is amazing and New York State will not be outdone! Cortland? We've got them. Fuji We've got them. Rubyfrost? We've got them. The list goes on and on. Of course you have to try to limit yourself when you're picking apples because you have a tendency to eat while you're picking. You feel as if you have to taste each kind! Be careful though, too many may not agree with you. For those who don't want to brave picking, the farms also sell bags or baskets and there are lots of farmers markets offering fresh apples this time of year.

Its a great family outing, fun for all ages, and who can beat the smell of apple pie baking in the oven? I bet your mother or grandmother has a favorite recipe that's been passed down for generations or maybe just discovered on the Internet.

Walking in the Orchard

Apple Picking is a Family Affair

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.

— Jim Bishop

Pumpkin Picking

As Halloween looms on the horizon, picking through the pumpkin patch hoping for the most perfectly shaped pumpkin ever is on everyone's mind! While we haven't run into Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin, we have found some good ones.

Visiting the pumpkin patch usually involves a ride on the hay wagon to get there, all part of the fun. Seeing pumpkin after pumpkin just lying there waiting to be picked ignites feelings of childhood even in the oldest visitor. Like the apples, there are pumpkins you can buy without braving the patch and many farms have resorted to "creating their own" pumpkin patches by picking pumpkins and placing them in a field like the one pictured below.

There's usually a corn maze to follow through. Kids love finding their way out, with or without your help.

There's nothing like supporting your local farm and enjoying the beauty of a fall day at the same time.

When you carve your pumpkin, don't forget the seeds! Wash them, salt them, and bake them in the oven to enjoy.

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The Pumpkin Patch

Finding Your Pumpkin

Pumpkins in the Field to be Picked

Halloween

Of course fall signals the coming of Halloween. Did you know thirty-one countries celebrate Halloween? I have a feeling no one does it like we do in the USA though. Houses decorated inside and out, tons of candy bought for trick or treaters and more costumes than you can shake a stick at.

The feast of All Hallows started as a Christian feast but as we know it has morphed into a holiday for ghosts, goblins, and kids going trick or treat. Sadly some remember the pagan side of the holiday and thus refuse to celebrate it. Most people celebrating Halloween are not placing any religious connotations on it, good or bad. Just a day to dress up and eat candy!

My family enjoys Halloween almost as much as I do! I've been dressing up for Halloween as long as I can remember. I love seeing the looks on children's faces when I open the door for them as they trick or treat.

Halloween at My House

There's nothing like autumn or fall, whichever name you choose. It is nature's last hurrah before winter hits the scene.

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      Mary Craig 16 months ago from New York

      How nice to hear from you! It certainly has been a while. I have been away from HP too but hope to be back soon.

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      Anne 16 months ago from Spain

      Hello Tilly Mint :-)

      Its been a while but I´m dipping a toe in Hubpages and catching up with old friends. I hope you are keeping well :-)

      I love Autumn. Here in Spain I look forward to cooler times, though sometimes its as hot as summer. In the UK I love to see the tree´s changing into Autumnal hues, and when living there my late husband and I would go to Scotland every September and I would make the best of the free Apples and Blackberries growing on the caravan park we used, to make a delicious pudding.

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      Mary Craig 19 months ago from New York

      Nature can truly astound us with her beauty, and fall is certainly a time to enjoy.

      Good to hear from yo. Thanks for the blessings and the hugs, they are needed and appreciated.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 19 months ago

      This is so delightful to read. Your photos remind me of the beautiful colors where I live, high in the mountains of Kentucky. I just love the Natural Bridge to hike up and when standing on top of the bridge, nothing is more magnificent! This was a great read as the weather is now colder with threats of snow. :(

      Hope all is well with you! Blessings & hugs! (((((((( Mary ))))))))

      shared as well..:-) +++ ++

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      Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

      Yes, it is nature's last hurrah Patricia, and what a hurrah it is!

      So proud of your weight loss progress. Keep up the good work.

      Blessings to you.

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      Patricia Scott 21 months ago from sunny Florida

      Yes, it is the last hurrah before winter isn't it?

      I miss the change of seasons and am excited when I see a beautiful tree that has changed color.

      We still love all things fall her in Florida even though we do not get to experience the weather change much at all.

      Have a lovely Thanksgiving...Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

      Thanks for sharing Ann. It's hard to know how the seasons effect other areas of the world. Nothing beats jumping in leaves! Thank you for stopping by and sharing.

      So glad you enjoyed Sha. It really is pretty here that's for sure. Hope you had a great Halloween,

      Deb what a fun idea! I'm sure we'd have a blast.

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      Deb Hirt 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Looks like loads of fun at your house. Wouldn't it be fun to bake together?

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      Mary, your photos are beautiful. I miss all the colors of Fall. We do get a bit of color in the trees, but nothing like "up North".

      I happen to be reading this on Halloween, so really enjoyed that last set of pictures.

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      Here in Britain we call it Autumn but it doesn't matter what you call it, it's beautiful and spectacular wherever we are. The colours are vibrant, warm and wondrous. I've always loved the colours and adore kicking through mounds of fallen leaves with wellies on!

      There is an area in Hampshire, England, called The New Forest; it is one of the best places to go to see such a variety of yellows, golds and reds on the trees and on the ground. Beauty indeed!

      Thanks for this lovely reminder of nature's beauty, Mary.

      Ann

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      Genna your words are as beautiful as the leaves themselves. I love the "door of today, and of tomorrow", a perfect way to look at what's to come.

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      Genna East 22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      As a fellow north-easterner, your words and photography bring smiles and anticipation of this gorgeous season, and all that awaits just beyond the door of today, and of tomorrow. How blessed we are. Beautifully done Mary.

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      Blossom the colors are certainly more outstanding and they are everywhere, not just in one's garden!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 22 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Love your hub. To me it's the best time of the year - much more gentle and beautiful than spring.

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      No one can deny the colors Larry. They certainly lend beauty to the landscape.

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      Larry Rankin 22 months ago from Oklahoma

      To my eye, this is perhaps the most beautiful time of year.

      Wonderful overview.

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      Effer, you are spot on. Nothing beats the beauty of a New York Autumn!

      drbj, there is nothing like the color here, but you're right not to miss the winters. That photo is my grandson and the robot was his idea.

      Maria, so glad you liked my little tribute to fall. Of course this year the colors weren't quite as bright as usual as you know.

      Yes Frank, it might very well be God's way of saying, sorry but winter is coming. One last look at color!

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      Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

      Tilsontitan, what a wonderful share.. love the photos, and I too love Fall, or Autumn.. I love the inspiration and the pep before old man winter sits in.. awesome my friend :)

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      Maria Jordan 22 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Mary,

      You have captured my favorite time of year so beautifully in photography and words...

      Thanks for an inspiring read this evening.

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      drbj and sherry 22 months ago from south Florida

      I love the beautiful autumn colors that we miss here in Florida. So I especially appreciate your beautiful photos, Mary. Have to admit though that I do not miss the winter weather.

      Love the little robot in your ultimate photo, too.

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      Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Yo! Tillie-girl...read your email!

      IMHO.....There is nothing more gorgeous and breathtaking than a New York Autumn!! and I don't care what anybody says!!

      Tease us all you want about our brutal winters....but Autumn is OUR special time of year!....Amen.

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      No Linda, you are blessed with year round warm weather which makes up for your lack of fall colors ;)

      We all have different perspectives and different parts of the world offer us different things to write about. I'll have to go check out your hub. Thanks for stopping by Venkatachari.

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      Venkatachari M 22 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wonderful hub on Fall and/ or Autumn whatever one may experience. You have done it so vividly with nice images and Halloween descriptions. It's much interesting than my hub about "Autumn and Fall are two different seasons".

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      Linda Bilyeu 22 months ago from Orlando, FL

      Gorgeous photos! We don't have much of a fall in Florida, so I appreciate the many pictures that are shared. I like your halloween photos too! :)

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      Yes Mike, we do enjoy Halloween. I think the spirit of Fall gets us going and Halloween just continues through the last warmer days we have.

      Kristen, glad to share, but even more glad you could enjoy with memories.

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Mary, this was a beautiful hub. I loved the photos, too. I love the autumn foliage of leaves, the fall flowers, and the mountains in the backdrop--they were also my mother's favorite things too, since she grew up in New York. Thanks for sharing. Well done for this excellent hub.

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      mckbirdbks 22 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Mary. Thank you for bringing Fall way out here to Southern California. It is one of those seasons that brings cooler days, but not the colorful scenery that the east enjoys. You provided beautiful photographs. Your house seems to really get into the spirit of Halloween.

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      CrisSp, well said!

      Bob, so glad you enjoy my personality. We do use both words for the same meaning.

      It was a train bridge for many, many years but is now part of our rail trail system that people walk every day.

      Happy Halloween to you too my friend.

      Yes John, we have lots of apples, all kinds and sizes. I was happy to share a little bit of our heaven here.

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      John Hansen 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A beautiful hub to celebrate Autumn/Fall and also approaching Halloween. Very informative too....wow, so many apples in NY. Of those varieties I think we only have Golden and red Delicious and Gala. Well done Mary.

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      diogenes 22 months ago from UK and Mexico

      Hats off to you again, Mary. Your articles are so warm. I always thought it was Autumn here and Fall in the US? I guess you use both words over there with some difference in meaning.

      Lovely pics, is that a train bridge?

      Happy Halloween!

      Bob

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      CrisSp 22 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Autumn or Fall...it is my favourite colour of all!

      Beautiful hub!

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      You are most welcome Jackie.

      I know Nell, that was my son, he's thin enough to get away with that costume! It really is pretty here. Hope you have a Happy Halloween too!

      Eric I'm glad I could share fall with you and spur some memories!

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh boy I miss fall. Thanks for bringing a little nearly 3,000 miles to my home.

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      Nell Rose 22 months ago from England

      LOL! Spiderman! Really? love the Halloween costumes! and the pumpkins, so cool! the way you put this really shows how autumn is a wonderful time, and those photos of flowers and trees are so awesome, have a great Halloween too, nell

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      Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks for sharing fall. Love the photos!

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      Thank you Manatita. There are so many things to enjoy in Autumn/Fall, especially here in New York. I had many photos to choose from so had difficult narrowing it down. Each year I add more and more.

      Dressing up for Halloween is just fun! Yes, we have lots of apples and I think I've tried them all. Happy Halloween my friend.

      I know Bill, this is a lovely are in the fall. The colors are just outstanding. Glad you enjoyed my little trip into fall.

      Thank you whonu, for stopping by to share my fall!

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      whonunuwho 22 months ago from United States

      Beautiful photos and tribute to the colorful season. Thank you so much for sharing. whonu

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I spent two years in Vermont. That was when I discovered just how beautiful fall can be. Here we really don't have the dazzling displays you have back there, displays you captured beautifully in this wonderful article complete with great pics.....well done, Mary!

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      manatita44 22 months ago from london

      Mary, I say that you're a great writer.

      I've said this before, I believe. In this Hub, I really like the way that you've brought the Autumn together, or is it the 'Fall?'

      Well written and well presented Hub, with great pictures and scenery.

      About the dressing bit. You've always been 'dressing up' ever since I've known you. Must be in the genes.

      So many types of apples in NY? Wow!

      Thirty one countries you say? Happy Halloween!.