the turning of a leaf
dancing in an autumn sun,
and brilliant shades of crimson
glowing when a day is done.
~ Hazelmarie Elliott
Okay, own up - who asked for autumn?
Whomever it was, I don't blame you entirely. Don't get me wrong - I love summer best of all. I don't mind the heat and I can't quite get enough of the long hours of sunshine. The bugs were a challenge though. This was a new revelation for me - a city girl most of my life. Who knew that when people said that the black flies would drive you nuts up north, they really meant it? Well maybe not full-out nuts but the maddening sting-itch they cause can make you a little bit crazy. And then on came the mosquitos. And deer flies. And staple flies. And so on. Still, despite the lumps and bumps and blotchy red spots, summer came and went all too quickly. It's not what I would have chosen for my favourite season but nobody asked me anyway.
So autumn is here whether it was invited or not. The changing of leaves has come early but has been beautiful. We've already peaked and are now in swift decline. But while colours were still at their best, I made sure to give the camera a good workout. I hope you enjoy autumn in my world.
Autumn that year painted the countryside in vivid shades of scarlet, saffron and russet, and the days were clear and crisp under harvest skies. ~ Sharon Kay PenmanOur view wasn't quite this brilliant all of the time, but it was on overcast days when the sun peeked through tiny breaks in the clouds.
The mountain trees that grew between the pines were a brilliant blaze of fall colors, like fire against the emerald green of the pines, firs and spruces. And it was, as I'd told myself long ago, the year's last passionate love affair before it grew old and died from the frosty bite of winter. ~ V.C. AndrewsThat kind of light and shadow could be quite dramatic at times.
Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile.
~ William Cullen BryantSitting on the dock, this is the view of the bay to the right. That rock face is Blueberry Island off to the left.
I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
~ L.M. MontgomeryHere, have a closer look at the bay.
Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.
~ Jim BishopThat's our dock over on the right - abandoned for a few hours of fishing. Those lovely colours in the hills are what we see each morning through our kitchen window.
I was drinking in the surroundings: air so crisp you could snap it with your fingers and greens in every lush shade imaginable offset by autumnal flashes of red and yellow. ~ Wendy DelsolThis is a house just down the road from us. They live on a very large property on a peninsula.
Just before the death of flowers, And before they are buried in snow, There comes a festival season When nature is all aglow.
~ Author UnknownA little further down the road, these cottages were doing good business in the summer. Frank figures they'll continue to rent to hunters through the fall.
Autumn flings her fiery cloak over the sumac, beech and oak.
~ Susan LendrothIt's difficult to tire of a view like this - even for a summer lover.
I am struck by the simplicity of light in the atmosphere in the autumn, as if the earth absorbed none, and out of this profusion of dazzling light came the autumnal tints. ~ Henry David ThoreauBeautiful Blueberry Island in the late-day, autumn sunshine.
Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.
~ Faith BaldwinThere are a lot of interesting characters in our neck of the woods - not the least of which are pirates. Or at least some very creative people who built this wonderful boathouse to mimic a pirate ship.
Methinks I see the sunset light flooding the river valley, the western hills stretching to the horizon, overhung with trees gorgeous and glowing with the tints of autumn -- a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, frost.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier
October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in the aftermaths. ~ Lucy Maud MontgomeryIt's a pretty nice place to spend your time shopping, dining occasionally, or just wandering about. And I get a kick out of seeing the hills and rock faces (underneath our feet from this vantage point) whenever I go into town. That's the York River, once again and the obligatory Canadian small town Tim Horton's (one of two!) with the cars parked behind it to its left.
It was October again... a glorious October, all red and gold, with mellow mornings when the valleys were filled with delicate mists as if the spirit of autumn had poured them in for the sun to drain - amethyst, pearl, silver, rose, and smoke-blue. The dews were so heavy that the fields glistened like cloth of silver and there were such heaps of rustling leaves in the hollows of many-stemmed woods to run crisply through. ~ L.M. MontgomeryThis was taken a few days earlier from a stop at the lookout. It was a clearer day and we were at bit of a lower altitude.
So, as you can probably tell, I'm not too upset that somebody ordered up autumn. But please, just don't put out any requests for winter just yet.
I have more photos from the days prior to autumn so you'll probably see some of those coming up soon. I just had to share this season with you while while it is still ongoing.