Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall has Fallen

The leaves are changing and the winds feel restless as they blow rain and storms our way. This past week has been an amazingly clear and beautiful respite from the chill and damp. We've had our indian summer, with temps in the high 70's and nothing but sunshine. It's been a fantastic farewell to summer.

The Virginia creeper is blazing in shades of red and fuchsia.

The blueberries are a rainbow of intense hues. 

You can hear the leaves falling like rain today. I keep thinking it's sprinkling outside and then I realize it's a shower of box elder leaves, spiraling towards the ground. The maple trees have yet to change, but I'm sure it's just a matter of days. We're nearly at peak color here and I'm finding myself at peace, despite the insane number of tasks in the garden that I haven't completed. I've managed to remember this year that I have until the ground freezes to pull vegetable plants - It's not the end of the world if I don't get everything pulled by hard frost... I can take a deep breath and enjoy this farewell to summer while we have it.

Are the leaves changing where you are, or are you already enjoying the crunch of falls frosts?

1 comment:

  1. I've been thinking about you. It seems you were a little discouraged for awhile. Me, too. I broke my leg and couldn't get into our gardens. What a bummer! It healed, though, just in time for the abundant harvest. Lately, it's been work, work, work.

    Fall has fallen here as well. The rains are pouring down and bringing the leaves down with it. We rushed to get in the last of the food processing before this rain. Besides veggies, we processed 100 chickens. The veggies were my job.

    After all this canning and freezing, I'm ready to try a little winemaking again.

    Take care. Stay happy. Get some sunshine.