Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower
– Albert Camus –
As of this past weekend, Summer officially gave way to Autumn and up here in the Pacific NorthWest, we’re experiencing all the Fall colors in all of their glory. There’s a cornucopia of shades springing out from all the flora and the fauna; flowers, trees, bushes, ivy – you name it, it’s changing – and essentially right in front of your eyes. Sunflowers, Rhododendrons and Roses are shedding their vibrant petals, much to the late season chagrin of bees and hummingbirds.
With our recent move up to Oregon, some of the top comments we’ve heard across the board are about the abundance of unfavorable weather and consistent rainy, grey skies; neither of which I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing yet. Instead, I’ve taken full advantage of the sunshine, with the Canon 6D in tow and gotten to know the new neighborhood. Not to mention, Fall is an excellent time for letting go and turning into oneself to rediscover what makes our inner fires burn brighter. watching as leaves descended in a dizzying dance to the ground, it felt like I was letting go of my past, and shedding my seasoned skin for a chance to refresh the soul and hibernate the spirit, only to emerge refreshed next Spring.
Here are some of my favorite snaps of the change in season; can’t wait to share more!
For more on the beauty of Fall, or just Corvallis, check the Flickr Album!
I’ve lived in Los Angeles for a little over four years now, and for those of you that have yet to experience our (lack of) seasons – there are really only two to be concerned with. We have “Summer“, which lasts from about March to the beginning of October, and we have “Not Summer” from mid-October through the end of February. My friends and I have also come to the conclusion that the weather in Los Angeles is taking some heavy meds – in the past, we would go for half the summer with awkward drizzle and clouds, then while the rest of the country was undergoing their Fall transformation – leaves changing color, air becoming brisk – we got a heavy dose of 100+ sunshine. It’s like the weather was making up for lost time; and we, the people, are forced to endure it’s bipolar tendencies.
On the other hand, if you look at one 24 hour period in Los Angeles – we actually manage to go through all of the seasons in one day! In the mornings lately, it’s been a tad Winter-ey: brisk, cold, overcast and drizzly but by mid morning the clouds in the sky are few and far between, birds are chirping and it feels like Spring. Over the next few hours, the delightful warmth turns into blistering Summer heat – reaching well into the 90s, and by dinnertime while the sun is setting over the Pacific, the temperature drops and a pleasant breeze flutters by carrying the few turned leaves, and it actually feels like Fall.
Autumn, Fall – whatever you want to call it, it simply makes me happy. Back in the Bay Area where I was raised, it was an actual season instead of a hypothetical situation. It would get blistery cold and a tad rainy; my remedy was to drink lots of peppermint tea and sit firmly on top of the furnace vent with a blanket to trap in the warm air. In LA, there typically isn’t a noticeable shift from Summer to Fall; Summer wanes and Winter promptly takes its place; this year though – there’s a crispness about the air that’s just enthralling, the cloud porn is fantastic and sunsets burn so beautifully. Now, don’t get me wrong – I loved those summer nights; it was warm until 2am and I could wear a tank top, shorts and flip flops day in and day out. But now that Fall has fallen we get to bundle up, curl up and wrap ourselves in warmth, comfort and cute boots. I couldn’t be more excited!
My unofficial Top 10 list of my favorite things about fall:
- Pumpkin everything: pie, scones, waffles, candles, carving and lattes, etc!
- Fashion: boots, scarves, tights and leggings
- Basketball Season!
- Curling up Sake & Stella, a good book and/or movie =)
- Dressing Up for Halloween!
- Leaves turning and fluttering everywhere
- My Birthday!
- Thanksgiving, Winter Holidays and Family Time
- The sun rising just a little bit later
- The pitter patter of rain