Monday, October 29, 2012

autumn in the forest





as I write this superstorm, Sandy
is flooding the east coast
and there are high wind and flooding advisories
as far west as Illinois and Wisconsin...








so this little post 
has changed it's tone a bit...
but not much...
because, life is so precious
and yes... short...
and Autumn reminds us of that...
and to take time and enjoy the beauty...






Autumn in the forest
is a glorious time...
the light, and the shimmer of gold on green









apples are everywhere..







and the forest floor is as fascinating as the tree canopy...






“Fall has always been my favorite season. 

The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if 

nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” 






when I was a child growing up in Michigan, 
I loved the fall...
I thought the trees secretly held parties while we were sleeping...
 they would suddenly change colors as if they put on their party clothes and then...
 when the party was over, they shook off their leaves and slept all winter...
their naked branches like arms reaching up to heaven...







my backyard forest...
and mums before the frost...







the winds are picking up and the leaves are blowing around
they are predicting 25 foot waves on Lake Michigan...
if that happens it will be a record and there will be flooding in 
Chicago...








so..
wherever you are...
take good care of you and yours
be safe...

xo





24 comments:

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Beautiful Cat, thanks we are nothing but a wet mess here. xox

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

What an amazing photo tour...thank you! I gasped when I saw ALL those apples.
My prayers go to everyone in the path of Sandy.

~*~Patty S said...

thank you for your lovely view of the season fragile and colorful and so beautiful...

stay safe dear one!
oxo

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Be safe dear friend. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

martinealison said...

Un très joli patchwork de photos automnales... Merci pour ce partage.
Je pense fort à vous, j'espère que cet ouragan ne vous touchera pas...
Gros bisous

sharon said...

Gorgeous and beautiful pics Cat, and thanks so much for your kind words. It is yucky here, but so far manageable.

Leslie said...

I love the fall and your images are beautiful! Gratefully, we are dry and with power this morning - so much better off than many. Hope you can say the same!

xo

Dianne said...

oh gorgeous photos! and lovely thoughts...secret parties in the trees...I love that. well, Ohio woke to snow today...I'm not ready for winter. thank you for the wondrous colorful thoughts...

artistamyjo said...

Your photos are beautiful I really enjoy looking at them.
We've had some very high winds up north in Traverse City and some power outages but nothing like what the east coast has had,so tragic to see such damage.
Hugs

mansuetude said...

Sandy would have carried my pumpkins n mums off to ny city.

Beautiful words n images.

Debrina said...

I have noticed, even in the tropical clime that I now live in, the seasons are still apparent. Though it is as hot now as it was one or two months ago, the leaves are falling off the trees now. So it's Autumn, I guess, in Bangkok. It is nice to be reminded of the changing seasons in your part of the world, however...we too have celebrated Halloween (tonight in fact) but to see it celebrated during a traditional season is always more of a treat.
All the best,
Debs (PS. I have made a return to blogger land)Finally....lol.

Suzi Smith said...

mmm.... the colours are gorgeous, if fleeting. I love your idea of the trees party-ing at night!!
My thought also are with those caught by sandy xo

Linda said...

Beautiful images! Enjoy this day...

Zom said...

I especially love the pumpkin shot.

Marilyn Rock said...

Cat - very beautiful photos - thank you. We dodged a huge bullet here. Tuesday night was very frightening but we just had to contend with the gusty winds and some rain.

My heart goes out to those devastatingly effected by Sandy - such a massive storm and hard to believe really. xxoo

Sophie Munns said...

Beautiful images Cat...
So far away from all of you lovely bloggy-friends in the northern hemisphere... hoping like mad all is well with each one of you...
xo S

winnsangels said...

Beautiful post Cat. I especially love your story of when you were a child and thinking the trees were having a party. Thank you for sharing that and of course the wonderful pictures.
Angel blessings.

Marie Danti said...

Thanks for sharing this beauty trove! Does a heart good.
Prayers for all who have had to go through so much.

rivergardenstudio said...

Dear Cat, your leaves ARE having a party, that's for sure. Lovely thoughts and images. Stay safe.
roxanne

Zuzu said...

Such beautiful images - and a loving, thoughtful post.
Hugs,
Zuzu

Irene Rafael said...

you are so right~~it is ever so important to take the time to notice the beauty that abounds. your lovely images inspire me to take a deep breath and open my eyes to my surroundings. thanks. ps. . . i love the bird songs.

layers said...

In the wake of the devastation and tragedies on the east coast.. thank you for these glorious autumn images.

ArtPropelled said...

Indeed, Autumn bursts with beauty! Your backyard forest is spectacular. Stay safe xo

. said...

Beautiful words and images Cat!