Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Autumn Is My Favorite Season

I can't take credit for taking this photo, "Fall Puddle." The credit goes to Joe Citizen.

CLICK HERE to see a larger view.

With all the ugliness in the world, don't forget to notice the beauty!

[Hat-tip to CUANAS, where I spotted this photo]

71 Comments:

At 10/11/2006 9:35 AM, Blogger nanc said...

i needed a new background - thank you!

 
At 10/11/2006 9:43 AM, Blogger JoeC said...

Thanks for the link, AOW.

There IS plenty of beauty, everywhere!

My other site is probably a better place to find backgrounds, Nanc.

I won't link it, that would be like hustlin'. ;-)

Caught-Up can be accessed from the top of Joe Citizen's main page.

 
At 10/11/2006 9:51 AM, Blogger nanc said...

in case you see me alot here today not commenting it is because i've chosen your site to tee off from the links - you alphabetize - i like that in a person.

 
At 10/11/2006 10:01 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

I know a lot of people who like Fall better than any other season but personally my favorite season is Spring. The main reason being that after Fall comes Winter which I hate.
But still...the trees are nearing peak colors here in New York and we've had great weather until today.

 
At 10/11/2006 11:06 AM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

You guys should see Skyline Drive. I only live a few miles from it. This past Sunday we counted 31 deer near the road. The colors are stunning. I encourage anyone who lives in VA to come down and check it out - very nice indeed. The air is pure, too. I like to hike to humpback rock in the fall, also nearby.

 
At 10/11/2006 11:30 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

aw..purdy!..thanks for the reminder AOW..I needed it!:)

 
At 10/11/2006 11:52 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Very beautiful! I too, love fall. The colors, cool weather, the smell of firewood in the evening... And the farmer's harvest festivals! Mmm... Cider, pumpkin butter.

 
At 10/11/2006 12:00 PM, Anonymous Debbie said...

Beautiful picture and this has been a wonderful Fall in Tennessee. Nights in the 50's days in the 70's. I love it.

 
At 10/11/2006 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're only going up to 85 today, does that count?
When I was growing up, we always headed to N.C. or Tenn. for a couple of weeks, needed break after summer, helped reenergize us!

tmw

 
At 10/11/2006 1:12 PM, Blogger cube said...

There is beauty everywhere if you know where to look. Thanks for the reminder.

 
At 10/11/2006 4:04 PM, Blogger Raven said...

I have a few pictures up at Just Raven
with some fall scenes in the White Mountains...and ...

SNOW.

LOL!!!

 
At 10/11/2006 4:42 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Nanc,
i've chosen your site to tee off from the links - you alphabetize - i like that in a person.

I'm a language-arts person. ;)

 
At 10/11/2006 5:01 PM, Blogger nanc said...

check your e-mail for a very important message!

 
At 10/11/2006 5:20 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Nanc,
I just did. I'm nearly speechless.

 
At 10/11/2006 5:58 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Raven,
Those pictures are gorgeous! I hope that lots of visitors will take time to have a look at what you've posted.

 
At 10/11/2006 6:09 PM, Blogger Obob said...

All I need is to see a linebacker of the Bears laying the wood to some poor schmuck of a quarterback, then the picture would be complete.

 
At 10/11/2006 6:17 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Steve,
Ah! Skyline Drive!

You're so lucky to live so close by. Traffic here in the D.C. areas backs up on I-66 when Skyline is at peak fall foliage.

 
At 10/11/2006 6:19 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Debbie,
this has been a wonderful Fall in Tennessee.

Even though my mother's family hails from East Tennessee, I've never visited there in the fall--school in session.

I bet that Gatlinburg is packed right now!

 
At 10/11/2006 6:28 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Joe,
There IS plenty of beauty, everywhere!

Some of the guys might like to see some other beautiful sights you post.

 
At 10/11/2006 7:54 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Crusader,
I like spring, too, but my allergies are worse then. Even so, when the wisteria, the peonies, and the black locusts bloom, the scents wafting through the air have no equal.

I used to like fall better--when we burned our leaves after raking them. Something satisfying about the burning of those raked leaves, not to mention toasting marshmallows over the burning piles. And "Indian summer"--nothing quite like it, especially if we get a harvest moon.

Both spring and fall are perfect weather for riding around in a convertible.

 
At 10/11/2006 8:00 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Cube,
"Stop and smell the roses" is so trite, but there is truth in the sentiment.

 
At 10/11/2006 8:02 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

WHT,
I just had to take a break from thinking about current events.

Joe Citizen is an excellent photographer. I need to visit his site more often.

 
At 10/11/2006 8:03 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

O Bob,
All I need is to see a linebacker of the Bears laying the wood to some poor schmuck of a quarterback, then the picture would be complete.

Heresy, I know, but I don't follow football too much--except for the Redskins.

 
At 10/11/2006 8:06 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Brooke,
The colors, cool weather, the smell of firewood in the evening... And the farmer's harvest festivals! Mmm... Cider, pumpkin butter.

Nothikng like real cider--the real deal, not the pasteurized stuff in the grocery stores.

True story, with no hyperbole....Years ago, one of my colleagues bought some cider near Skyline Drive in preparation for her son's birthday party. I think that he was about to turn 9 or 10. Well, she didn't refrigerate the cider until the day of the party. Too late! Fermentation had already occurred. She served the cold cider without tasting it, and about a dozen Christian-school students got sloshed before she realized what was happening. The parents were forgiving--most of them, that is.

 
At 10/11/2006 8:07 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Where you live, 85 degrees counts as fall.

 
At 10/11/2006 9:27 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AoW- My Daddy used to say that when the temp. went below 70 it was time to turn on the heat! This from a man who spent a year at Sonderstrom Fjord in Greenland for a year. Actually that may explain why he felt that way!

tmw

 
At 10/11/2006 9:28 PM, Blogger David Schantz said...

We got some beautiful colors in Missouri now too. The problem is it is supposed to get down in the 30's tonight and I have to go to work at 23:00. I do work inside most of the time but the building has to be well ventilated so your not overcome by H2S. Guess I should stop complaining and thank God I have a job.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

 
At 10/11/2006 10:48 PM, Blogger nanc said...

i'm in north ark, david - we just built our first fire in the woodstove...brrrrr...hopefully my hotflashes will get me through the tough times!

 
At 10/11/2006 10:59 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

I recall many years ago writing a cheesy poem about October. This is my favorite time of the year.

 
At 10/12/2006 6:27 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AoW-Oooops! To the cider, bwahahahahaha! I would have been one of the forgiving ones. The cost would be the ribbing I'd dish out at irregular occassions. She'd probably dread my arrival with some new quip.
I'd have to drive to Georgia to get the cidar, maybe someone I know will be heading up and I can ask them to pick up a jug! I'll have to settle for coconut milk, the citrus crop has been hit badly. Citrus canker has been spread through the state by the 2004 hurricanes and we'll be losing a lot of trees.
Post pictures, I loved the ones at Raven's site! Not only are they beautiful, but remind me of some wonderful times. And yes, I'm sure Gatlinburg is jammed! the main street is wall to wall.
good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

 
At 10/12/2006 6:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can enjoy Vermont without the huge insects. There are mosquitoes everywhere up in the North.

One can see the lanscape and overnight the grass dies. I was joking with my fiends in May but just one day everything was green.

 
At 10/12/2006 7:11 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
I have some wonderful photos on my hard drive, but I haven't learned all the tricks of editing those digital photos. Once I master the technique (I have to make time!), I can post some interesting material--interesting to me, anyway.

All this talk of cider is making me want some!

Beak,
Changes in the landscape are more gradual here. Of course, we haven't yet had our first frost, and one is not yet forecast.

Despite predictions to the contrary, we haven't been having a buggy year. Interestingly enough, mosquitos don't like me; they bite me only if no other food is easily available. But the no-see-ums and the biting flies love to feast on me. I have to use insect repellent for those.

Steve,
October can inspire cheesy poems. When I assign autumn poems to my classes, I insist that they employ all the types of imagery, especially those of scent. Otherwise, all the poems are too much the same.

Nanc,
It's too early for a fire in the fireplace here, of course. But the day is coming soon.

Last year was the first year we ever used our fireplace. We burned some of the dead wood from our quarter-acre back lot and a stash of fireplace coal, which my mother's family had hoarded since the 1940s. Having a fire in the fireplace for Christmas was wonderful and took me back to all those years ago when my parents used their fireplace during the Christmas season.

Warning to the guys! Woman talk coming!


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Hot flashes, Nanc? Mine have tapered off, PTL! Black cohosh worked for me--Remifemin (sp?). The brand truly does matter because the "high-grade" black cohosh is more effective, though the herb doesn't work for all women. I don't know what I'd have done without it. Helped the mood swings too. Unfortunately, no sooner had I gotten through the misery, then I had that car accident, which started off another series of mood swings. Now all I have to do is deal with the weight gain. Ugh!

 
At 10/12/2006 7:15 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

David,
My husband works in a warehouse, which has no AC and ineffective heat. But after being unemployed for six months following his brain surgery, he, too, is grateful to have the job---even though the pay is way too low. And I mean low! But he qualifies for the group-health plan, so he trudges on as long as he physically can. Sometimes he complains, but after undergoing brain surgery, he's grateful to be alive. It was a case of "have the surgery or order the casket"; we're grateful that the tumor was benign and that medical techniques for excision were available.

 
At 10/12/2006 7:36 AM, Blogger nanc said...

ok - more woman talk.


























i've tried the black cohosh, but am not habitual enough. i've smoked for many years and can't even get much past a half pack a day! i'm a failure at habits - WHAT MOOD SWINGS? hahaha!

 
At 10/12/2006 7:59 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Nanc- Change'O'Life worked for me, you could double up for a week when things get hairy! also the black cohosh/wild yam cream was a life(or husband) saver! Try evening primrose oil and calcium with magnesium. Question, does Jesus have a smoking habit? Ask HIM to take that part of your life, HE can and will walk it out "FOR" you! And please, do it soon, my late quit 23 yrs. before he got lung cancer. I don't want you to go that route! I'll be praying that you quit!
BTW- I had another rant at MadZ's, Kit hit some buttons and I gave a shot across the bows.
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

 
At 10/12/2006 10:16 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Oh, Aow... The school kids story is the funniest thing I've heard in awhile! Thanks for making my day with a good laugh!

 
At 10/12/2006 10:49 AM, Blogger nanc said...

please don't pray that, tmw. i enjoy my occasional smoke as much as say, someone else may like to eat a box of twinkies throughout the course of a day. my father died from lung cancer about 14 years after he quit smoking. i'm thinking it's NOT the smoking that kills you - it's the QUITTING!

and the way i figure it - ten out of ten people will die of something. our days are numbered anyway.

 
At 10/12/2006 11:07 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Nanc- I figure we're going to get Raptured soon anyway! If it happens tonight, I wouldn't be surprised!
I just don't want you to have to go the lung cancer route. It's not a fun thing to walk through, whether you get physically healed or the ultimate healing, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy! if I see a teen smoking, I walk up to them and talk to them about it. i can be obnoxious, in a loving, motherly sort of way!

tmw

 
At 10/12/2006 11:54 AM, Blogger nanc said...

i think we'll be quite surprised at how few go in "the rapture".

 
At 10/12/2006 12:05 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

"Otherwise, all the poems are too much the same."

The one I wrote signified something about "the dying time" and it actually sounded a bit on the goth side. I think back then I was listening to too much of the cure.

 
At 10/12/2006 12:24 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

You are soooooo right, there will be a lot who will probably rationalize it away as "those were the problem Christians"! And G*D is going to do a new work and they were in HIS way! You know, with the formal, plummy voice that says, GUOOOD! I believe Jesus addressed that type when HE said, Depart from ME you workers of iniquity, I NEVER KNEW YOU! Ouch!
I certainly don't want to hear that! I'm more into, Well done, faithful servant!

tmw

 
At 10/12/2006 1:12 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

...not to invert the subject, but this looks too much like a screen shot from Something Wicked this Way Comes. That show creeped me out.

Well, I'm already ripped and lookin' to get back to Sleepy Hollow. There's the bowlin', the drinkin', and maybe even a pumpkin carvin' contest! Toodles, ladies.

 
At 10/12/2006 4:47 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Not a Ray Bradbury fan farmer John?
The movie starring Jason Robarts was pretty creepy.

AOW..ragweed in fall seems to bother me. That's about the only allergies I have.
I'm surprised that pollen doesn't seem to affect me.
All I know is after fall comes winter.
The only good thing is college basketball (Rock Chalk Jayhawk).

 
At 10/12/2006 4:56 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Bundle up you guys, you are making me feel cold.

I have known the change of seasons for almost 20 years now.

Dont pity me, because when is freezing rain out where you are at, I'll be relaxing in the sunshine. 60 to 70 degrees during the day.

 
At 10/12/2006 5:06 PM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

Autumn in Canada, especially Ontario, is breathtaking.

I think Eastern Canada and the US are now world-famous for the beauty at this time of year. My Chinese friend told me this is the time that many of his country folk book their Canadian and American vacations...

 
At 10/12/2006 6:44 PM, Blogger JoeC said...

5 days after I shot this picture, there was 6 inches of snow. (this morning)

As a professional snowboarder/skier, I love winter. There is not a better season, although summer is definitely close.

This shot was one of five. The other picture I posted, is Here

Reflection pictures are some of my favorites, these ones turned out well.

 
At 10/12/2006 9:24 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

LOL! I am totally opposite of American Crusader. My favorite time is fall because then comes winter, and most of us who live through the intensely hot summers of Central Texas feel the same way. Our winters are mild but our summers are pure hell and way to long.

Thanks so much for the beautiful picture, it does make a great screensaver. :)

 
At 10/13/2006 9:21 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

FN,
when is freezing rain out where you are at, I'll be relaxing in the sunshine. 60 to 70 degrees during the day.

Don't rub it in! It's COLD here this morning!

Joe,
I'll definitely take a look at those snow pictures. I love snow as long as I don't have to drive in it!

Free Cyprus,
We're starting to get a bit of color in the D.C. suburbs. Within a week, we'll be reveling in the beauty.

Gayle,
Texas weather--I have a hard time visiting Texas in the summer. August is brutal!

Crusaader,
I'm a Bradbury fan. I like "spooky" stories.

Ragweed gets to me, but not as much as mold. On more than one occasion, my allergy to mold actually has blurred my vision in my left eye, which has an intraocular lens. That eye seems to be particularly sensitive to allergies--even some 20 years after surgery.

Brooke,
The teacher was morified, of course. But the children were okay; they slept it off.

Farmer,
I'm already ripped and lookin' to get back to Sleepy Hollow. There's the bowlin', the drinkin', and maybe even a pumpkin carvin' contest! Toodles, ladies.

My class is reading "Rip Van Winkle" this week. ;)

Steve,
I like poems which are on the dark side. For some reason, dark stories and poems make me feel blest.

 
At 10/13/2006 9:26 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Woman-talk alert!





















TMW,
Husband saver is right! I'm glad I'm past that part of my life.

Nanc,
Coping with the hormonally related mood swings is a weird phenomenon. One knows the mood is irrational, but the swings happen anyway. You should have seen the one I had a few years back when my printer went crazy. My husband left the house and went to the VFW; he couldn't listen and watch my outburst. My gyn smiled when I told him about it; his wife was going through the change too.

Bleack cohosh has to be taken regularly. Also, it doesn't work for everyone.

 
At 10/13/2006 9:52 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AoW & Nanc- Heheheheheh! Mine were totally irrational fury, and it would start with 1 stupid hair tickling my nose, I would go berserk!!!!!!!!!!! I would tell my 2 to go to their rooms when I felt it coming on, thank the Lord I had that much warning! Otherwise I would still be trying to put our relationships back together! OY!
That or serving time for killing one or both!

tmw

 
At 10/13/2006 10:21 AM, Blogger Mark said...

What an incredible photo! I agree with you, Always, autumn is an incredibly beautiful season. Though personally, I prefer winter.

 
At 10/13/2006 10:36 AM, Blogger nanc said...

i just love the fact that one season runs into the next. by the time we're tired of one another comes along - G-d must have known we'd be bored after three months of the same weather.

all are my favorites by the time they arrive.

 
At 10/13/2006 2:40 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
My mother turned 52 just before I turned 16 and graduated from high school. 'Nuff said!

 
At 10/13/2006 2:52 PM, Blogger cube said...

Well, it's 83 degrees here now and everywhere you look it's green, green, green!

 
At 10/13/2006 7:09 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Mark,
Joe posts such lovely photographs--winter too.

Cube,
We're still pretty green here as well, but not nearly as warm. I don't want to start up the furnace this early. The electric blanket is a wonderful invention. :)

 
At 10/13/2006 8:46 PM, Blogger D.Daddio Al-Ozarka said...

Very cool!

 
At 10/14/2006 7:23 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

nanc you need a new avatar too.

That's a GREAT picture.

 
At 10/14/2006 7:30 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Joe Citizen fills his blog with photos he's taken himself. I wish that I could do the same, but my photography skills aren't that good.

 
At 10/14/2006 8:30 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

Today the fall foliage festival was on down in Waynesboro. Tomorrow morning we're departing on a journey up the skyline drive all the way to Front Royal. We're taking the pug with us.

 
At 10/14/2006 8:40 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Steve,
Taking the pug? I hope that he/she is a good rider.

I envy your making that trip. I've made it several times, and it's always spectacular. Enjoy!

 
At 10/15/2006 8:55 AM, Blogger nanc said...

the ozarks will peak in a couple of weeks...the colors are unimaginable.

 
At 10/15/2006 9:07 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Nanc,
Yesterday, the cool morning air here had that autumn smell. Today too. I love it!

 
At 10/15/2006 3:26 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

It was 59 in Orlando this morning, itwas 72 not far from me! Bummer!

tmw

 
At 10/15/2006 4:20 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
No frost here last night, though we had scattered frost the night before. But early this morning, the temps were cold enough to remind us of the season.

 
At 10/16/2006 7:55 PM, Anonymous Seth said...

Wow, my tree-greed is generating more domestic activity as, rake in hand, I prepare to dig my property out from beneath a veritable deluge of leaves.

Next, I'll have to figure out what to do with them...

 
At 10/16/2006 8:29 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Seth,
rake in hand, I prepare to dig my property out from beneath a veritable deluge of leaves.

Ah, the odious, annual task! Here in this part of Fairfax County, the county trucks come around and suck up the leaves, later turning the leaves into mulch. I think the mulch is free to county residents, but I'm not sure as I don't mulch.

You probably have to bag the leaves. The days of burning them in suburban areas are over, I think. Myself, I miss the pungent smell of burning leaves--as we used to do here before the county became an edge city.

 
At 10/17/2006 7:22 PM, Blogger JoeC said...

I don't rake my leaves, seems like a great waste of time, effort, fertilizer.

Mow em up. The grass is far greener than in years past, and it helps to protect it from the harsh winter.

 
At 10/17/2006 8:33 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Joe,
We do some of that mowing up you mentioned. Unfortunately, some of our leaves (several oak trees) end up trapped underneath various shrubs and pushed up against the chain link fence and our outbuildings. One year we let those leaves along the fence line lie there. They caught fire when someone tossed a cigarette butt out onto the street--one of the hazards of fronting on a major artery.

 
At 10/17/2006 8:33 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Joe,
Addendum: I wish that I had your gift for photography!

 
At 10/18/2006 8:30 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AoW- the fun thing with us, is the fact that the deciduous trees shed in the spring! The new leaves push the old off, and it isn't a big dump, it's gradual, so my son gets to mow them into the grass. A little at a time!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

 
At 10/19/2006 6:02 AM, Anonymous Seth said...

TMW --

I have 1/3 acre around my house, and 8 big, old trees on it (I've planted 6 Japanese maples, additionally, of various size, but they don't seem to "shed"), only 2 of which are evergreens. My lawn, front and back, 5 flowerbeds, deck and roof are carpeted with leaves, LOL, and my trees are far from bare.

It looks to me like I have a long autumn ahead of me.

However, I love my house like a new bride (it's my first) and the rest of the property, so I suppose it will all be a "labor of love".

Still, "Drat and double drat!"

 

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