No, I’m not angry.
Rather, I’m gobsmacked by the beautiful array of reds nature puts on display in Vermont this time of year. And to think the autumn colors show is just getting started!
Let me show you what I mean.
Recently, when Conall and I run along this rail trail, I smell…pumpkin and spice! I’m sure the scent comes from decaying leaves, but it instantly transports me back to my years in Seattle, when, in October, all the Starbucks shops had pumpkin spice scones. I don’t like coffee and generally don’t visit Starbucks, but I love scones and every October I regularly went in search of those pumpkin spice scones. Oh, what I wouldn’t give for one now! (I haven’t seen a Starbucks since moving to Vermont.)
Next is a series of photos of the maple tree that had me ruminating on the color red this morning. The boys and I were ambling through the fields and woods across our road. It was foggy with a light drizzle. We took a slight detour, and Conall followed his nose to this tree. I was facing the other way, focused on a nearby pond and its cattails, Asters and Goldenrod, and it wasn’t until I turned to look for Conall that I saw him standing near the base of this tree.
It was on (figurative) fire!
As I took photos, I was ruing the fact that the sky was dreary gray, imagining how spectacular this tree would look in bright sunlight. But back home, editing photos, I realized that the sheen of foggy dampness provided a luminosity to the leaves that even sunlight couldn’t improve.
Finishing our walk through a stretch of woods, I see hints of even more vibrant colors to come through the rest of October.
Is it any wonder they call this “leaf peeping season” in Vermont?
I’m grateful the boys and I have landed in such a beautiful place, a landscape that seems to change daily, keeping us intrigued and eager to visit again and again.
Stay tuned for more fall foliage photos as the show continues all across Vermont…!
Feature photo: maple leaves, October 2, 2021.