The main event

It was a glorious Autumn here in middle Missouri this year. I had my doubts since Summer was so dry, but the season surprised me…in a good way. It’s now November and the leaves are raining down from the trees faster than I can type.

I seem to have a love-hate relationship with  November. On one hand, I love the stillness of the month; not yet winter, but no longer the peak of Autumn’s beauty. November makes me pause. November makes me focus on gratitude and thankfulness…although those aspects should not be seasonal. Yet, November is always a harbinger of winter and the season of dark coldness. Autumn’s riot of color is finished and the crisp, joyous season of Christmas is not here yet. Most of the November seems to hang in limbo.

But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.
~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Windy Poplars

But, as I said, October’s main event was stunning this year. I’d like to share some of it with you. This one I snapped….yes….as I was driving around town. But, as you can see, I’m still in my lane! It’s a wonder more people don’t have accidents while looking at such awesomeness.

All of the rest of these were taken while Cabo and I walked in our neighborhood. Some were found in the manicured parts of yards, and some were discovered in the wild, wooded areas that separate those manicured yards.


The yellows and oranges were spectacular this year.

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.
~Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893–1986)

And with that, I say goodbye to colorful October and welcome November with all it has to offer. I’ll look for beauty in the brownness and let my spirit snuggle into the coziness of the month.

6 thoughts on “The main event

  1. Lisa, I love the way in which you described your feeling of November. I also love quote you shared.

    For me, I always think of Autumn as being October through November because here in the Northeast, we seem to get the beautiful rush of color throughout our trees more so in November. October is usually still very warm. In fact, it’s only been the past couple of days that our trees have turned color. Funny you shared this post on the colors of Autumn because I’m getting ready to post about it too. I spent some time out in our parks over the past several days, taking pictures.

    The color of the foliage in your photographs is absolutely STUNNING! Much more vibrant the color here. You’re so right, the yellows and oranges were spectacular. WOW!

    That image of the single leaf is truly remarkable. Love the focus!

    Thanks so much for sharing the beauty of my favorite season, my friend. Have lovely week!

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