Saturday, October 11, 2014

Season of Mists, 2014 Edition

One of my most popular posts last year was “Misty Morning Hop,” which was nothing more than a collection of photos taken in my backyard on a foggy October morning. It captured a mood, though, and I was pleased others were able to enjoy that fine, holy quiet with me.

As it happens, I’m up early on a Saturday morning, and I realize I better grab the camera, because, as with the last time, I’m just one day ahead of a storm that will strip these just-turned leaves.

Fall seems to have started a week or so early this year. The storm that stripped the leaves last year came on 30 October so it’s three weeks early. Not all of the trees have changed yet, but my favorite aspens over in my neighbors’ backyard will go naked nearly one month earlier than usual.

Well, hell, if it was all the same every year things would get boring, wouldn’t they? For my part, I’m grateful for all the cool air and moisture we got over this summer. Like everything else, I’ll enjoy it while it lasts. In the above photo, you can see how the fog is rapidly burning off. It was gone altogether before 9 a.m.

The Russian sage bloomed nice and pretty this year.

I felt honored to have this last look. Again, not all of the trees will be affected, but it will be enough. I wonder if our autumn will be even shorter than our summer this year. It’s a short enough season as it is, but whaddya gonna do? Love it while you can. Let it be known for the record that the early post-dawn hours of 11 October 2014  were solemnly beautiful. You had to be there.