Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons
IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) THAT DEPICT SEASONS.
I live in the Northeast USA and signs of Autumn are everywhere.
My favorite indicator of the approaching fall season is what I like to call the “natural look.” The trees changing color on a daily basis.
It reminds me of the huge leaf piles I loved to jump in when I was a kid. I don’t recall having to rake them, but I probably did help. The sound of the crunch, the distinctive smell of…fall…drew me in one way or the other.
I clearly recall – one late fall afternoon in the backyard – lying face up on the damp grass amongst the fallen leaves. Watching the few clouds in an otherwise blue sky. The sun’s rays shifting. Leaves continuing to float down. I must have been 9 or 10. I will always remember this moment…I thought…staring hard…listening…trying to make sure the memory stuck.
There was also a dubious activity I took part in: hiding inside leaf piles at curbside. Dutifully raked by all the neighbors. Huge mountains of leaves…ready for the loud lumbering city trucks which came by to suck them all up every week. My game (along with my friend Kathleen): jumping out seconds before the trucks reached us. We shocked the heck out of those drivers.
Not smart, I know.
Remember, children were very unsupervised in the 60s. We played outside all day. One adventure after another.
We also got lucky. At least I did.
It was an exciting time.
Other signs of summer changing into fall?
Walking downtown yesterday, I noticed the local shops had updated their decor.
Orange is the new color-of-the-hour. As in pumpkins…and mums.
On the other hand…
During my afternoon trip to the local wholesale club, I was greeted by another type of decor marking the change of seasons.
Still orange, but not nearly as tasteful.
Definitely not the “natural look” I know and love.
[To my horror, this was also a few aisles away from a display of artificial 7 foot high Christmas Trees!! Yes, Christmas Trees on September 28th – WTH]