Autumn or Fall - It's Still a Beauty
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
“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."— William Cullen Bryant
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
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.
A Bridge Surrounded by Color
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
- Ginger Gold
- Golden Delicious
- Paula Red
- Red Delicious
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
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
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.