Musing with Max

Musing with Max

October 27, 2013

In the Fall

At this time last year we were preparing for what would become one of the most devastating hurricanes in the history of this country...and in the Northeast no less. Sandy roared on shore and proceeded to destroy, leaving a disastrous mess behind the effects of which are still being felt. A week later we were hit with a massive Nor'easter which dumped a huge amount of snow on the remaining trees which still had their leaves on. We went from a hot humid Summer to the dead of Winter in an instant. We had no Autumn, the prettiest and usually shortest of seasons. So I think it is only fitting that this year, after a pretty crappy Summer; too hot, too cold; too humid; too dry; too wet; too many bugs ALL the time, we are experiencing what has got to be one of the best Fall seasons in a very long time. The temperature has cooled gradually as the days have grown shorter with crisp cool days and clear blue cloudless skies. The trees' changing colors have been slow and methodical inching towards peak putting on a spectacular show. I'm not sure my photographic skills can do it justice but I'll give it a shot.

Bob and Suzanne's red leaf maple:

The little tree in the middle of my flower bed:

My Japanese Maple:

South Mountain Reservation, Essex County, New Jersey:

The summer-flower has run to seed,
And yellow is the woodland bough;
And every leaf of bush and weed
Is tipt with autumn’s pencil now.

And I do love the varied hue,
And I do love the browning plain;
And I do love each scene to view,
That’s mark’d with beauties of her reign.

* excerpt from Autumn, by John Clare


  1. Beautiful, thoughtful tribute to autumn.
    Sandy was so shocking, and I feel for all the people still struggling.
    I am certainly enjoying the weather after a week in the hot sw--it was 97 one day! To be fair, the mornings and evenings were wonderfully cool.

  2. Beautiful, fall is different at your country

  3. I forgot what time of year Sandy happened. And then snow? Did we get snow?

    I'm going to have to go back in time and read last years posts.

    But what a beautiful fall you're sharing.

    I actually got garden time in today. Breezy, sunny, blue skies.

    Perfect. More please.

    xo Jane

  4. It was Sandy that finished off my roof although I have no complaints compared to the damage that other people suffered. I also remember the snow. I thought we were in for an early winter but I think there was no more snow the rest of the year.

    Beautiful photos. And you're right. It seems that fall is taking it's sweet time this year. It's been quite wonderful.