Imagining Fall

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I am afraid that our Fall color will be
less than spectacular here in New England
because our Summer has been a dusty, dry

The white birches in our yard have lost their leaves
and many of our trees are looking stressed.

Fall is my favorite season, the crisp air hits
my lungs, the rake hits my hands and I am off.
Something about daily chores, ordinary physical
work and I am happy.  Gathering kindling, raking,
moving compost, getting the gardens ready to rest.
The change to Fall heralded by the return of the juncos
to my feeders, coyote sightings(which we have already seen),
squirrels with clumps of leaves filling their cheeks, nests
to be spruced up high in the trees.

I will miss the reds, oranges and golds of my world
if this drought has dampened the spirits of our trees,
so today I am Imagining Fall…

The way I want it to be.


  1. This is stunning! Love the idea of aiming left (?) your containers & the lacy patch. I went to visit Deborah…oh, lovely squares!

  2. So gorgeus, love those colors, and the ones supposed to be on the trees, –not that bad here, but we also had a very dry spring and summer-happy working in your garten.
    xo Dorthe

  3. simply beautiful colors, Corrine….

  4. Denise Scaramai says:

    everything you describe, it seems to me a beautiful movie! is so sweet to know all these feelings of those who live in a placeso different here, with tropical climate …
    We are preparing to receive the spring in September 21 … everything will be blooming and insects work in the colorful flowers!
    and for you that autumn is beautiful, pastel shades and autumnal calm wisdom!
    beautiful photo!

  5. Roses, Lace and Brocante says:

    Hi Corrine

    Such a beautiful palette.
    I love your writing and can picture you out there with your rake taking in the beauty of nature all around you!

    Conversely here in the southern hemisphere the 1st September heralds Spring for us, and there's still more than a bit of a nip in the air, but also the expectation of warmer days soon.
    My garden isn't bursting into flower yet, but I see blossoms and spring flowers in the park nearby.

    Lovely post thank you.
    Take care

  6. suziqu's thread works says:

    Oh Corrine I think we would make a great pair raking up the leaves and composting together!
    As your brightness of summer diminishes into a softer light the trees outside my windows are bursting towards the new Spring light in blossoms so full and white! One never knows what Mr. God has in store with the seasons! We had the driest last Summer on record and a beautiful greening thereafter to give us endless new growth.xSuzy

  7. Great vision! I love the colors and I;d like it to be that way too.

  8. If our trees looked anything like that I would spend all my time looking through the window and not do much else.-)

  9. NuminosityBeads says:

    No, Don't say that! I want to see the new England fall colors so badly, I miss it so much!
    xoxo Kim

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