The Changing Seasons: October 2021

When I began following this monthly post, we hadn’t survived Trump or the storming of our Capital. We were worried about climate, but we thought we had more time to deal with it. Since then — now six or seven years — what was a worry has become a fear.

Taken yesterday — our best maple tree — on the last day of October.

We took a lot of pictures in October which is remarkable because there were probably no more than a week of non-rainy days. We manage to do a lot of shooting in those few days. To save everyone from endless scrolling, I’ve put pictures into galleries. If you click on any image in a gallery, it will expand.

This began long before Trump was elected and decided to destroy the earth to make a few people — who already had more money than they could possibly need — even wealthier. It was a move so incomprehensible we kept looking for a real reason. Surely it couldn’t be just that. It was almost as if he was angry at humanity and was doing everything he could to make life as hard as possible for anyone who wasn’t rich.

In his four years in office, he tore this country apart — in the most literal sense. He tore human beings apart, destroyed friendships, families, marriages, and communities. He was determined to turn the world ugly — and for no logical reason.

Undoing the mess is hard. I didn’t expect things to turn around quickly. The mess didn’t happen overnight and we aren’t going to turn it around overnight — and at the rate we are going, we aren’t going to turn it around at all.

How long will it take? How long will the earth become unlivable? It won’t happen all at once. Hot places will get hotter and dryer and colder places will hold out longer. We are already seeing it in Africa and India. While they aren’t letting us take a good look, I’m pretty sure China and Russia are already wondering how they will manage to feed their people. China has been running out of food for generations, so this isn’t anything new. Russia too had serious issues with provisions. If you remember the 1950s and 1960s, Russians stood on long lines to get loaves of bread and basic food stuffs. Are they on their way back there now? They don’t want us to know.

Our climate has changed. We live in mud and floods. We have storms big enough to engulf a continent. If we aren’t flooding, we are suffering through droughts and fires. Mudslides. Warming oceans, the death of billions of birds and many other creatures once common, now extinct. Miles of floating plastic trash in our seas. Sharks along our northern beaches. Vanishing lobsters and fish. It just goes on and on.

What can we do? I don’t know. Feed the birds and squirrels. Try to protect whatever woodlands remain. Fight developers and development. We do what we can and it won’t be enough, but it’s something. Everything helps and who knows? If everyone does something, maybe we will all survive.

This is The Changing Seasons: October 2021. Please join hosts Ju-Lyn at Touring My Backyard and Brian at Bushboys World for this monthly challenge.

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25 replies

  1. These images are beautiful and your sentiments shared. It can be hard to find hope in all the despair.


    • The only thing I can think of is for everyone to try to do something. It may not seem like much, but every drop helps. Maybe if we collect enough drops, we can make things happen. It’s such a big problem. I wish more people who can make a difference really cared.

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  2. Thank you for bringing to The Changing Seasons & WP communities food for thought – a consideration that should have bore more fruit. Unfortunately we seem to ignore what is right in front of us. I am glad for the message to come to the forefront in your stunning captures and thought-provoking ruminations.


    • Every time I go out and I see trash strewn all over our front yard — which is woods, the house being set back deep in the property — I wonder what’s WRONG with people. They just throw trash anywhere they happen to be. We pick it up. They dump trash along the rivers, too. You can see the swans trying to find food amidst the garbage. It makes me mad — AND sad. Are there really people who don’t know they shouldn’t dump trash in the rivers or for that matter, our front yard?

      We have effectively trashed the planet. I think it never occurred to humanity that we could run out of room for trash. I’m sure I never wondered where the trash went until I was an adult and started to see. Now? I just have to wonder if we have it in us to fix any of the problems. Some of us want to, but so many others don’t care. Maybe it’s because we don’t live long enough to see what we’ve done.

      I keep hoping everyone will do ONE small thing to change the way they live. Just one thing. Because one thing has a way of leading to another. If only everyone would just give it a try.


      • This trash issue really rankles me as well. I can’t understand why each persons doesn’t just take responsibility for the trash one generates, instead of “dropping” it whenever & wherever convenient. It really perplexes me.

        And I certainly echo your wish – just one thing. If we all did, we’d all be that much better off.


        • The first time I realized that all that trash wasn’t spilled garbage from out cans but had been tossed there by passing motorists. What kind of homes to these people come from? Do they dump garbage on their floors at home? Does anyone really live like that? I know people who aren’t clean and neat but trash? Meanwhile, after more than 40 years of working to clean up the Blackstone, to then casually dump trash in the rivers? What is WRONG with those people?


  3. You capture the best of the world and nature in your pictures Marilyn. Like you, I do whatever I can and hopefully if we all do the same it might just work. As for Trump and co, if there’s any justice in the world he’ll end up floating in those plastic-ridden seas. 🙂




    • Thank you most kindly. I tried to put them in groups that made sense. Lots of overlap because we went to more than one place each day. We are trying to find some new places to go that aren’t far AND we can find. We are not good finders.

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  5. That last photo was not lost on me either! I bet the initial number of ‘those’ hats wasn’t that grand….


  6. First of all I really liked that idea of clicking on one photo of each batch and then being able to view peacefully the rest. Some stunning shots, just to mention the cow ‘through’ the fence and the flower details. Of course, the best(est) are the trees in their golden and red Sunday dresses, followed by the flying and jumping living creatures.
    As for the ‘outlook’ – so ugly and scary that I try not to dispair in my greatly reduced possibilities. Baby steps (using less paper towels, use every scrap of food, eat very little meat, use products which are not helping to destroy nature, wear clothes longer, buy no new ones, and much more).
    I am also both ashamed to admit and glad that I’m at an age where I won’t have to reap the ‘ugly fruits’ of our disregard for nature, climate, environment.


  7. It absolutely kills me that Trump continues to be in the news. Biden is trying, but the GOP is so screwed up. I don’t know how they live with themselves. Then there are Manchin and Sinema. What a mess, Marilyn. Your birds, at least, make me smile.


  8. I’ll be back ASAP when at my laptop! 🙂


  9. A very succinct overview of the current status of the world. I try not to think about it to much and just do what I can to reduce waste and my families carbon footprint. As you mention here though, it is the top 100 companies who do most of the damage so what I can’t make that big a difference.



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