|This alder's golden leaves were stunning against a deep blue autumn sky.|
"The days may not be so bright and balmy—yet the quiet and melancholy that linger around them is fraught with glory. Over everything connected with autumn there lingers some golden spell—some unseen influence that penetrates the soul with its mysterious power."
~Northern AdvocateWe're well into the fall season now with foggy mornings, shorter days, and breezes that bite our nose and cheeks a bit more sharply. Forested hillsides are burning orange and gold in the slow smolder of autumn. Although this is a season wherein we bid farewell to pleasant summertime things like migratory birds and their cheerful songs, endless daylight, and leafy green boughs casting shade on hot afternoons, there's something about autumn that ignites a sense of warmth, joy, and inward reflection that we look forward to every year as those leaves begin to blaze with color and flutter gently to the ground.
That autumn "glory" is defined differently for each of us, and might be found in the form of warm sweaters and hot cider, pumpkin patches and mud, hiking into the high country seeking golden larches, strolling through a city park along a wet sidewalk papered with yellow and orange maple leaves... but regardless of the means, we all end up in the same place: fleeing to the outdoors to enjoy the delights of the season that particularly speak to our individual hearts.
I have been slacking on my adventures and blog posts lately, as I recently purchased my first home and moved just last weekend. Now that the dust has settled, I'm looking forward to exploring my new homeground in Snohomish County and sharing more Musings and Wanderings... and after the big move, I think I'm feeling a "Going Green: Environmentally Mindful Moving" post coming! Stay tuned for that!