When fall arrives I am always surprised how the long angles of the sun can make everything so crisp and clean and new looking. It is as if I am staying in a new place. The sun has ended with its hot burn lighting making everything flat and bright and is pulling out all the soft hues and new gel filters even before the leaves begin to change colors. That hot orb paints the last of my autumn blossoms with deep lavish colors giving me memorable visions to hold me over during the winter months. The wind blows billowing clouds back and forth and even sometimes lets them pause long enough to allow some rain to fall. The musty smells of the forest floor are dry and dusty this week and ground birds are noisily tossing leaves all around looking for the really fat fellows hiding below. Squirrels chase each other scratching the back of the tree up one side and down the other as their larder must be filled. The crickets sing, but sort of sorrowfully, as if they know their time is short. Spiders hang out by my windows and doors trying to sneak their way inside before the cold comes.
Last night deep in the woods as the fog formed over this river in the photo above, I heard the owls singing their autumn song. I have my own front row seat to the regularly held Autumn Hootenanny just outside my bedroom windows as Halloween approaches.