“Autumn…”

“…The year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant

I have always loved autumn. All four seasons have something beautiful to offer, but for some reason, autumn holds something special for me. Growing up I didn’t always live somewhere with four proper seasons, which meant that for many years I didn’t get to enjoy a true fall. I was lucky to spend my first years as a kid playing in leaves and watching the beautiful fall colors in Wisconsin…But I admit that I mostly remember jumping into the leaves! After we left the U.S. it was quite a while before I saw a proper autumn again. Mexico and Sydney barely had fall and the Philippines definitely didn’t have those temperate seasons since it’s tropical… I had to wait several years before seeing four well-defined seasons and my beloved autumn once again.

When we moved to France, I rejoiced at being able to see and feel each individual season. They all had their time, they were not fleeting or melting together; they were four distinct seasons. And finally, I found autumn again. The colors lit me up inside and the crisp fall air made me want to laugh out loud, for no particular reason other than feeling so alive and so invigorated. And autumn does that to me every year. The years when fall isn’t so prominent or passes by quicker, I feel the absence and I long for that season I love so much.

Then three years ago my husband and I moved to New England, and I suddenly experienced autumn like I never had before. This is now our fourth autumn here and every year I am amazed by the beauty this season has to offer in this part of the world. Although I love fall, I do love all of the other seasons too and so it was always difficult for me to choose just one favorite season… But here in New England, it’s easy. Autumn is by far my favorite season here. None of the other seasons inspire me and invigorate me the way fall does. There is something so exhilarating about the crisp autumn air and the clear blue sky. The flowers in the spring are lovely and bright, but it’s hard to compete with the rich jewel tones of autumn leaves.

There’s something about this season that makes me want to explore and try new things. I want to write more, take more photos, see new parks, go for long walks and just be outside. I want to feel the cool air turning my cheeks pink, heading back inside with windswept hair and hands full of colored leaves. Then I want to sit down with a mug of hot chocolate or tea and watch the glow of the sun on the fiery trees.

Whether I got to see fall every year or not doesn’t matter. I get to experience it now and I intend to take advantage of every minute.

 

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Click for a bigger version – this small one just doesn’t do justice to how beautiful this scenery is…

“I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.” Lee Maynard

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23 thoughts on ““Autumn…”

  1. Oh so beautifully written – and I completely agree with you. Autumn in New England is the absolute best. Unfortunately I was called away for a week right at peak color, but that’s ok … I know there will be another one next year, and the next. I wish the season wasn’t so fleeting but maybe that’s why we cherish it so much. Thanks for the gorgeous photos and enjoy that cup of hot chocolate….

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    1. Thank you, as always Paige, for a lovely comment! I’m sorry you missed some of autumn’s peak colors this year, but as you say, there will always be the next years 🙂 I also wish the season wasn’t so fleeting, but at least it is spectacular while it’s here! I’m happy you enjoyed the photos; I definitely enjoyed taking them and I also enjoyed that cup of hot chocolate… 😉

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        1. Thanks again (for the comment and for making me smile!) 🙂 I agree, it’s always great to meet a fellow TCK! One of my favorite things about blogging is getting to meet people from all over the world and getting to connect with other TCKs. 🙂

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  2. I remember when I moved to Boston during Autumn. It was great. I grew up in California and never really experienced fall until I was a teen.

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  3. This was beautiful! Fall is wonderful…it’s probably my favorite season too, because it also has that perfect weather where I can wear sweaters (mmmm, sweaters) but it’s not bloody freezing nor face-meltingly hot. And of course, the colors! Your pics are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Hala! I’m really happy you liked it and I really appreciate that you took the time to comment 🙂 Oh, and I completely agree with you about fall – it’s just the perfect weather! I love sweaters and boots, but without being freezing…and I hate really hot, humid weather. Autumn falls in that perfect medium and has amazing colors too…If only it lasted longer!

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  4. Beautiful, Autumn inspires me as well. I think its amazing that you’ve got to experience this gorgeous season in different parts of the world!!!

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      1. I finally got to show my lycéens the pictures today. They were so shocked and couldn’t believe it actually looks like that. As they’re all from the south of France, they’ve never really had a very distinct fall. It was really fun. Thanks for taking these!

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        1. You’re so welcome, and thanks for showing them to your students! It’s true that there isn’t a very distinct fall in the south of France and a New England autumn is something special. I hope they enjoyed them and that it could help give you a little taste of CT autumn 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! I really appreciate your comment and I’m so happy you enjoyed the photos. Autumn in Michigan must be beautiful – I haven’t seen that yet, but I’m sure I’d love it! 🙂

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