Fall has definitely arrived in Ontario. The weather has been consistently cool for two or more weeks now, and the leaves are changing. I love fall, so for me this is wonderful. A long, golden fall is my idea of heaven. I love the light at this time of year, so golden and romantic and mystical. I feel most connected to my creative self and spiritual self at this time of year.
If you have been following me on Instagram, you’ll have seen that I have already shared some fall photos with you. Today, I want to share some photos of the season with you, with a bit of story time accompanying the photos.
Red Leaves Are Best
I really love when leaves turn red. It just blows me away how vibrant that red can be, and I love the affect of it in a mix of trees that are still green or turned yellow. So naturally, I always snap photos of trees with red leaves! These reds were ones in my neighbourhood (I’m blessed to live in an area with lots of maple tress, and many of them turn red this time of year) and these were taken on a walk with my then boyfriend, and now husband. He was not in the greatest mood that day, and I even took funny photos to try and cheer him up.
Unexpected Fall Beauty
The first picture in this group brings me back to that lovely fall day or two (maybe three?) ago and how breathtaking that particular tree was. The lighting was not the best for photo taking, but I took a chance and while the picture didn’t exactly capture the vibrancy of the red, it certainly gives you a good idea of how beautiful a red the leaves had become. Now, the tree with the carved face is a standout piece of art in our neighbourhood. Everyone knows this house. I had never seen it before as it’s off on a side street we don’t usually walk down (or didn’t used to anyway) and naturally, I had to take a picture. The tree is now dead, and the owners removed all the branches but kept the stump with the man’s face and turned into a bit of a gnome’s house with a red front door attached, and some other features and it’s so neat. Sometimes I drive by this road just to see this tree turned art.
Picture Perfect yellow Leaves
Two years ago we were blessed with a glorious fall full of colour and falling leaves. I’m always disappointed when it gets too cold and the leaves just shrivel and die on the trees before they get a chance to turn their colour. Or when a huge storm just blows them all off the trees. Anyway, as you can see in the picture of me modelling a crocheted shawl (yes, I made that) it was just the most perfect fall. The leaves right outside my apartment turned this golden yellow and fell so profusely that they created a carpet of sunlight. I am so glad I have these pictures, though I wish I had thought to take one of just the trees.
Fall Is Here
Fall is here, and I know that here in Canada, we are heading into our longest season, winter. Canadians have a love-hate relationship with winter. Most of us love our winter sports–hockey in particular, and we look forward to white Christmas and building snowmen with our little ones. But…we tend to freak out a little when the wind chills hit -30 C, or when the snow is ten centimetres high, especially if we have to drive. And to be honest, the cold, the long dark days get to you real fast. As does hauling on boots, big winter coats, hats, scarves and that’s all before leaving the house. So, the fall is the last little bit of real warmth and sunshine we will get until at least May, sometimes June.
And that is why, for me, fall is the best. It reminds me to be grateful for the sunshine and colourful seasons that are shorter in my neck of the woods, and to get out and enjoy the last of the golden days.
What do you love about the fall? Share your thoughts in the comments below.