Signs of Autumn

October 15, 2010

autumn

The fall season is so brief here in the Northeast; at least, it has been for several years now. The days are gloomy and rainy, and the winds blow off the leaves before we have much of a chance to enjoy the brilliant colors. Winter will soon be here! The temperatures have been unseasonably chilly. I still have a slew of winterizing yet to do. And we don’t even have the heating system installed downstairs yet! :-O I also have to tuck in my flower beds in for their long winter’s naps. So much to do, and so little time to do it.

So the signs of autumn are quickly blending into the signs of winter.

Mottled sunshine on a frosty lawn.

Fall_MottledSun

Long shadows.

Fall_Bunny

Colorful trees. These are Sugar Maples. They usually turn a brilliant orange in the fall, but oddly, this year they are yellow. Don’t know why. All the rain, maybe?

Fall_Trees

Dried, bald-headed Susans in the flower beds. I really need to get out there and clear out the gardens. I am usually much more “on the ball” with such things. After the summer-long renovation and my intense work load, I am not motivated, nor do I have much time.

Fall_Susans

Just a taste of the raking chores yet to come. But the smell of leaves is marvelous.

Fall_leaves

Livvy watching leaves fall.

Fall_Livvy

So how is your autumn “turning” out? Are you busy with preparations, or are you relaxing after a busy summer?

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