Indian Summer

It rained for a week. We were lucky it didn’t rain very hard and we didn’t get any high winds. Sometimes October storms are fierce. Not only do dying hurricanes meander up the coast from points south, but a nor’easter can strip leaves from the trees, wash away beaches and occasionally cause massive flooding.

Usually, though, we just lose Autumn. Naked trees with a few sad brown leaves still clinging to branches replace the brilliant colors we hoped for. Why do we need the color so much? We yearn for it, dream of it. It’s Christmas for our eyes, the delight of everyone who has a camera.

Yet it’s also an ending, the final breath of summer, glorious and brief.

The rain ended during the night. Today Old Sol was bright and the world was lit with gold, scarlet, russet, and yellow under the warm amber October sunshine.

Everything and everyone looks beautiful in the warm sunlight of October.

It was warm today, warm enough for shorts and tees and sandals. Indian summer is here. If we are lucky, it might last into November … but it might end tomorrow.

No time to waste. Keep the camera batteries charged. Be alert. Stay ready to go and grab the season. Winter will be here soon enough.

Time to hunt for pumpkins, time to carve the Jack o’ lanterns. Time to pick a Halloween costume. Time to enjoy a last burst of beauty and sunshine before New England‘s fickle weather turns our wold to ice and snow.



Categories: Nature, Photography, Seasons, Weather

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5 replies

  1. Awesome photos! It rained every day on our trip to south Florida…I mean RAINED – gully washers! Glad to be back in Georgia:>)

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    • In 1966, my first husband and I drove from New York to Lakeland, Florida and back again, through the Smokies and the Appalachians, with a long weekend in Gatlinburg and Cherokee … a week in DC and a week in Lakeland, then a few days old Williamsburg on the way back. We spent 6 weeks on the road, including stops.

      It rained buckets every single day, every place we went. In one little town in Georgia, we stopped for the night and as I walked into the motel, the skies opened up. She looked at me and asked “Did you bring the rain? We haven’t had any rain in weeks. ”

      “Yup,” I said. “It’s our own little cloud.” I swear that cloud followed us wherever we went. I share your pain … and your soggy shoes.

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  2. Yowza! Yowza! You got some EXCELLENT colors yesterday (Friday). I love the foreground/background framing that gives a different perspective to what might just be ordinary “beauty” shots.

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