The Changing Seasons, October 2020 – Rainfall and Elections Soon!

This has been the most difficult year I ever remember. Not that we haven’t had other challenging years, but they were personally challenging. We dealt with poverty, illness, moving, losing jobs, and many other things. But this one was different. Dealing with an awful government, a pandemic with an apparently endless death toll, a burning west coast, a flooded New Orleans and nearby states and an excess of hurricanes, tropical rain, and high winds.

It was particularly distressing that while it’s flooding down south, we were having a rain-free summer up here. We had essentially no rain from July through September and the first half of October. Today, because of Hurricane Zeta who did wicked things down south, we are getting real rain. And oh how we needed it!!

Home on a golden day

I spent the day at the hospital — my annual coronary checkup. He confirmed that I’m doing as well as I could do and no, there is nothing that will make my broken breastbone heal. It’s another thing with which I’m going to have to learn to live. At least I’m living. So many have died this year, both here and abroad.

Somehow, with all the craziness going on, we  managed to finally get the new back doors installed. So with the new boiler, we’re ready for the winter. Or so we hope.

Then, our increasingly large flock of orange Cardinals!

There is more, but I think this is enough. October is always a highly photographic month. If you can’t take brilliant pictures in autumn in New England, maybe architecture is your thing?

About the Changing Seasons

From Su Leslie:

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month. If you would like to join in, here are some guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month. Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots. Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them.

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month. Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material! Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them. One thing that won’t change though. Include a ping-back to this post, and I’ll update it with links to all of yours.

For those of us who have participating in this challenge for years since the first years when Cardinal Guzman ran it, I think we have developed our own style. I could never just one picture. I’m too indecisive. Given the rapidly changing climate we are experiencing, I think has become an important challenge. 

I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this challenge. I love seeing how the whole world is doing. Please don’t forget to put in a link to Su Leslie so she can collect our entries. The world has gone a bit mad and we are all a bit mad, collectively and individually. Let’s hope that one of these months, life will improve.

And may we continue to have world to exhibit!

Categories: Autumn, Blackstone Valley, Changing Seasons, climate change, Gallery, leafing, Photography

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19 replies

  1. Great photos, and I love the upside-down squirrel!


  2. When I know you’re offering us nature, i know that I’ll get all the eye candy they can eat and drink in. Never disappoints. Thank You so much – this was really a Sunday Treat (eaten and taken in on a Friday morning, instead of taking my shower and washing my hair – but a good and healthy breakfast solidly sitting in my belly).
    One could easily think that all is well in the America we thought we knew… just going by your photographic output. Hope you can keep the POSITIVE going. It keeps you alive.


  3. We had a some early snow here. We always get a warning. Halloween? 50/50 on whether the weather is going to be agreeable. Such are the Seasons here in Calgary.
    BTW …. awesome pics! Have a good one.


    • Our seasons are similar. Weather prediction in New England has always been tricky at best and all the climate change has made it even crazier. We have gotten early snows before — as early as September. But these early one were just a dusting. Half an inch and melted before lunch. This was a real snow. Garry just shrugged. “It’s New England,” he said. True. I want to know if this is the beginning of a trend, or maybe it’ll be our ONLY snow. I can hope!

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  4. These are beautiful representations of Fall.
    I think we are all ready for a shift in the crazy energy that seems to be plague our country right now. Let’s keep a focus on the beauty, as you’ve done in this post, and hope it brings a shift for us soon.


    • The snow brought most of the rest of the bright leaves down, but much of the oak woods is still green. And with the snow melting, the birds are in less of a panic. They were in a feeding frenzy yesterday. I would like a world where we can deal with our problems without madness ensuing too. Let’s see how this election goes. I’ll know (I think) a lot more in a week.

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  5. Beth has said exactly what I’m thinking. I look at your beautiful images and could easily believe in a Covid-free, seasonally-appropriate, well-governed world. I love that you find and share all this beauty. Thanks Marilyn.


  6. Lovely photos Marilyn, especially love those orange cardinals.


  7. with all of this horror, i thank you for sharing your beautiful positives



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