My favorite time of year has swung around again and although the big life event of moving to a new state has progressed from spring through summer to now, suddenly the whole change feels official. The feeling of autumn brings closure, cementing yet another decision of the road taken.
Fall is that transition period that gives a feeling of movement, from the long, lazy days where summer implies anything can be done but not right now into the crisp winter season serving to wrap up the year. The outdoor world that seemed so stable and steady through summer now becomes a dynamic place of changing colors, textures and odors, moving toward the static pause of winter.
I don’t know how weather impacts fall color but this year it seems the colors are emerging brightly and steadily. A grove of trees one day looks promising with a tinge of color and then a couple of days later a glance in that direction reveals a tapestry of subtle gradations of color from vivid to subdued, green to yellow to red. Paying attention is important this time of year, not only to see the compositions that delight but to ensure being there at just the right “color” time.
Here are a few scenes from my first Wisconsin autumn – I’m looking forward to exploring this season more while here.