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Early autumn walkabout

Have you noticed? The autumn colours are peeking through, perhaps due to the extremely dry conditions, but also the season. I love to walk in the early autumn. The days are warm and the nights are cool enough to open the bedroom windows and turn off the air conditioning at last. The sun still has the strength to warm the soul.

The last of the hot air balloons flew through the other morning. Like birds migrating south, they are leaving the area seeking warmer locations for the winter season.

Every tree has at least a few leaves that are turning the brilliant colours we associate with autumn. It’s just the beginning.

Even the cheery Black-Eyed Susans have passed their peak and are beginning to wilt.

The last white rose on the bush is clinging on, making passers-by smile; a reminder that they’ll be back in profusion next spring.

As flower wilt and shrivel up bees hover near sucking up whatever nectar they can find to sustain them through the coming cold months. But for now, early autumn is a very pleasant time.

The remaining choke cherries are beginning to shrivel but they still make a tasty snack for birds fattening up for the migration south, or in preparation for sitting out the winter with the rest of us.

Wee blossoms in the ditch are fading, but still golden in the sunlight.

And high in a tree, the crab  apples are ready for raccoons and deer to snack upon.

Yes, early autumn IS the perfect time for a walkabout. The mugginess of summer has abated and the air is becoming crisp and clear. We are fortunate here in eastern Canada to enjoy four distinct seasons and the coming fall is, without doubt, my favourite.

For most people, January 1st signals the start of a new year. But for me it’s fall. Perhaps it’s because a new school year begins in September. Or perhaps it’s just because it’s invigorating after the sultry days of summer.

 

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October denouement

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It’s the first of October, the denouement of autumn into that other season that we shall not name. Leaves on deciduous trees have been changing colour for the last few weeks and will probably peak in the next week or so.

The day began with the thunder of shotguns on this first day of bird hunting season. Ducks and geese fled overhead, quacking and honking in fear for their lives. But, as the sun rose, the hunters took respite until tonight when they’ll try again to nail those hapless birds. Truthfully I have no problem with hunting if it’s to put food on the table. I just fail to understand killing anything as sport. But that’s for another post someday.

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The sedum have flowered and changed colours from pale pink to a deep rose shade. Left untrimmed in winter their determined seed heads will be seen above the snow and those birds who spend the season here, as opposed to heading south, will feast upon them.

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Meanwhile, the hayfields have been cut for the second time and most of the bales taken away to feed the herds of cattle over the coming winter months. A few ignored or forgotten ones remain as distant trees mark the changing of the seasons. Summer is truly over.

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And the remnants of the black-eyed Susans punctuate the changes in the gardens – hanging on as long as they can until cold winds rip their shrivelled petals away from the seed heads. Like the sedum, those small black seed heads will remain until spring providing sustenance to the over-wintering birds and those returning early from their southern vacations.

October is the month of drastic change, beginning with clear and bright days with cool nights and ending by heralding the dark, damp and cold that is November. Luckily it is also the month that gives us the most brilliant of colours before the total denouement of the season.

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Mornings ARE a good thing – really

Despite the noticeable nip in the air, not unexpected when the thermometer reads -10C, sometimes it is a good thing that Hoover insists on a morning walk, regardless of the weather. As we started out the door the first thing I saw was a spectacular moonset. Yes, that’s right, the full moon was setting on the horizon opposite my deck. Needless to say, Hoover’s walk had to wait while I ran back inside to grab my camera.

I barely caught it – but there it is. I do enjoy the surprises that Mother Nature throws my way as a reward for dragging myself out the door at ungodly hours when the rest of the world is still snug in their beds.

We haven’t really had any significant snowfall yet. Elsewhere in Canada people have been inundated with snowfall after snowfall. But here, we are still clinging to the vestiges of fall.

Frost may cling to the dead buds.

And, droplets of water freeze quickly on a page wire fence in the morning.

But still, the grass remains resolutely green.

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A hoar frost morning

In late November, when you wake up and see everything before you covered in fog, you know the roads will be slippery and tree branches may be at least partially covered in hoar frost.

So, my friend Kathy and I bundled ourselves, her 9-month-old son Sam, and our gear into her vehicle and we headed up to Cornhill. Our search for photo worthy spots was not in vain. Here are a few of my favourites from our morning’s efforts. I hope you enjoy them.

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Going, going, gone…

Waterford Waterworks, Waterford, New Brunswick

 

It is, for all intents and purposes, over. What, you ask? Those glorious days of autumn when colour blazes from the trees reflected in nearby streams, lakes and even puddles bringing joy to everyone who sees it.

Despite the fact that it is November 1st and, here in Maritime Canada, it’s usually very cold and brisk – a reminder that winter is just around the corner. Not so this year. Last night it was so warm that we actually had the air conditioner running in the bedroom to drive down the temperature and remove some of the humidity so we could sleep. Unheard of at this time of year in this place!

But, the upside is, going out and exploring for places to make even more photographs is certainly more comfortable than in sub-zero temperatures or while wading through three feet of snow.

So, while it lasts? Gratitude.

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It’s Toque Season

Waterford Waterworks Waterfalls
Waterford, NB

With the changing of the leaves and the shortening of the days, autumn is in full swing here in New Brunswick and what that also means is that the temperatures are dropping rapidly.

Last night we had a heavy frost making the steps and landing at my front door a treacherous path to tread on the way out to walk Hoover this morning. I was slipping and sliding, clinging to the railing, while his four feet were going in all directions.

Luckily there was no wind at dawn today. Even so, walking down Mulberry Lane (I love the name of that road) was a chilly experience. My leather gloves did nothing to keep my hands warm and my ears and head were most definitely cold. On the way home I resolved to (with great regret) put the lightweight outerwear away and dig out the warmer wardrobe.

Yes, my friends, it IS toque season.

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