Not only has this been a particularly beautiful Autumn, but it has lasted longer than any in my memory. It started in September … earlier than normal … and it has not quite left us yet.

On our way back from the mall in Millbury, we left Route 146 via Lackey Dam road and when we got to the pond, Marilyn spotted a flash of white. A swan!


I found a place to pull of the road and we took our cameras and walked the short path to the pond. The leaves were russet and red, the sky bright blue. Reflections were perfect mirrors of the sky with crisp leave floating like boats across the surface.

It was a John Ford afternoon. I could hear the music softly in the distance …


Author: Garry Armstrong

As a reporter for Channel 7 in Boston for 31 years, I was witness to most of the major events affecting the region. I met a lot of people ... politicians, actors, moguls, criminals and many regular folks caught up in extraordinary situations. Sometimes, I write about the people I've met and places I've been. Sometimes, I write about life, my family, my dogs and me. Or what might otherwise be called Life.


  1. What a lovely experience–and I loved that you call it a John Ford afternoon! Great pictures…this is also a coincidence, because I was just out taking pictures today, thinking–I can’t believe we still have such great autumn color! Even after a deep freeze, an ice storm, and high winds, there are still some beautiful autumn leaves here to enjoy.

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    1. My eyes felt like John Ford’s eyes, including the patch. I guess Pappy’s soul was with me. I wasn’t sure if the pictures would be any good. Thank you!


    1. I’ll take that one. Geese theoretically migrate but in recent years, most of them have chosen to hang around through the winter. You’d have to ask them why. Swans have never been migratory, nor are the ducks. They move in and stay. Perfect tenants.

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  2. Beautiful Garry. I’m glau had a long autumn because you guys deserve it after last winter beating. Here in Oregon our autumn lasted about two minutes. We had a nice late summer and then right into winter. 🙂


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