PJ over at A ‘lil hoohaa gave us a lot of leeway with October’s photo blogging challenge (PBC) topic…Photographer’s Choice. Might have been a cop out, but I’m sure it will return very interesting results!
So, I’ve decided to go with the Five Senses of Fall. You all know the five senses, right? Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste and Touch. Here we go……..
1. Sights of Autumn. Most everywhere in the northern hemisphere there are colorful eye-candy sightings of Autumn. Peanut, Twix and I spent a few hours at a local park where I enjoyed the beautiful sights of Autumn. And the leaves were pretty too! :-)
2. Sounds of Autumn. Who can deny the rustling of leaves is definitely a sound of Fall? One of the warmer Indian summer afternoons, Peanut raked and raked leaves into a pile just so she could run and jump into them. Rake. Jump. Repeat. This is a looonnggg photo, so just keep scrolling.
3. Smells of Autumn. Fresh-baked bread and pies. Cinnamon and cloves. Apple cider. Add to those wonderful aromas a fire in the fire pit on a chilly October evening. You may think this would be better suited for Sounds of Autumn with the crackling fire, but we burn fallen/trimmed cedar branches that have a wonderful cedar-smokey aroma. Couple that with the aroma of a nice red wine, and life seems rather grand. Apple pie optional.
4. Tastes of Autumn. Closely aligned with Smells of Autumn, cider, bread and pie rank right up at the top for Tastes of Autumn. But we all know that Autumn is soup season! We luuuvvvv soup at our house. Stroganoff stew, chicken corn chowder, beef and barley w/veggies, chili, gumbo. You name it…we’ve probably had it.
Fall: bright flame before winter’s deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; cool nights and the smell of fire. Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, warmth itself. The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world’s oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white and silence of winter. Fall is begging for us to dance and sing and write with just the same drama and blaze.
~Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way
I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.
So there are my five for October. Please make time to visit PJ’s site to see what others chose to do this month.