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Autumn: Ten Reasons Fall Simply Rocks…

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“In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb color effects as from August to November.” Rose G. Kingsley

Autumn: Ten Reasons Fall Simply Rocks...
Autumn: Ten Reasons Fall Simply Rocks…

 

 

Autumn: Japanese Maple in full fall by Melissa Farlow

Nothing beats living in a region that has and celebrates the changing seasons. Here on the east coast, our seasons run like clockwork; winter, spring, summer, fall. Then it starts all over again. Of course, if you have paid any attention to the weather patterns of the last several years, we have experienced the not so subtle consequences of global warming. We get a lot more rain than I remember; we get very warm and sunny days in the middle of winter and now tornadoes are becoming a big part of our weather forecast.

Fall Rocks: In all the different places I lived in growing up, the one lingering, universal memory that warms my heart is of nighttime rainfall and how much I enjoy being lulled to sleep by the falling rains and the gentle pittar patter sounds on the windows or rooftop. Except in desert regions, every country enjoys some rain throughout the year; some countries and big cities get more rain than others. I remember a trip to Seattle last year; everyone advised me about the endless rain showers. I came prepared but it only showered on my first day in town and not a drop more till I left town.

There is something about rain that clears the air and by the same token, autumn/fall has a similar effect on me; Autumn is a time to regroup, a time of change from the summer heat and hustle to falling leaves and the pulling away of my energies as other lifeforms around us prepare to hibernate until the spring brings warmth around again.

 

“There is a harmony, In autumn, and a lustre in its sky, Which through the summer is not heard or seen, As if it could not be, as if it had not been!” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

Autumn: Colors of leaves and Eagle lake by Tom Fitzharris
Autumn: Colors on a Maple Tree by Tim Fitzharris

Why we love Autumn/Fall: As I write this post, its hailing and raining cats and dogs outside. It is rather late and the howling winds and dancing trees have sent our cat, Tangy, scurrying to hide under a bed somewhere. Nevertheless, I still love fall, the clearing up of leaves and weeds, the dying down of perennials as they take a rest and all the wonderful heartwarming things about this season.  For this week’s MamaKat’s Writing Workshop, the prompt I chose is: 10 reasons why you’re glad it’s Fall. Join me in reminiscing as we gently glide our way into fall. Aside from the fact that Autumn/Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year, there are many reasons why Fall resonates with my spirit and puts a smile on my face. BELOW & marked with♥ are ten♥ reasons to keep Autumn on your favorite list too…

♥End of Summer and Summer heat: The end of summer means time to get back on track with preparing fro the fall and getting our home ready for the cooling nighttime temperature and impending colder winter days. It is also a time to regroup.

♥Back to School for the Teens: Fall means Labor Day and back to school for the kids. We find ourselves getting ready by our trips to Staples and other places to get school supplies, clothing, backpacks and more for our children. No more lolly-gagging on the porch or in front of the TV… Back to school means meetings and homework.

♥Fall-wear vis a vis Clothing: Fall wear is great. I have never been much of a flimsy summer dress gal. I love substantial clothing; coats, chunky sweaters, corduroys, boots, turtlenecks, wool pants, cashmere and all the range of clothing that fall tends to offer us as protection against the elements. I love to knit hats, wool scarves worn in a french knot and gloves… Yes, winter gloves; especially leather ones are so cool. The tragedy is that I tend to lose a pair or two every season.

♥Fall Colors Return: Are you fond of the colors of fall? The burnt oranges, deep reds and greens, the golden yellows paired with browns. shades of earth, rust, even purples, navy, the ubiquitous black and the occasional touch of whites. Fall colors are simply elegant and rich and they look good on me and I presume on you too…

♥Fall Foliage: One cannot say enough about the changing colors of the leaves or foliage on trees and shrubs as the season shakes hands with Mother Earth and changes handsomely from summer to autumn. With a magnificent splash of color, fall captures the poet in me and turns my eyes in the direction of all the cavalcade of sumptuous colors; each falling leaf matching a sweater, a shawl, fall jackets to stay warm. Our focus can be inward or outward but we never miss the foliage of fall.

MORE BELOW

“For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.”- Edwin Way Teale

Autumn: The backdrop of Fall Foliage
Autumn: In Central Park by Melissa Farlow

Summer is already better, but the best is autumn. It is mature, reasonable and serious, it glows moderately and not frivolously … It cools down, clears up, makes you reasonable Valentin

What reminds you of fall and what memories of fall do you hold dear? read the rest of my list of 10 reasons why autumn/fall rock. Do they match yours? What more would you add to the mix?

♥Soups Galore: Yes, soups are deliciously satisfying in the fall. We have more reason to make then; the cooling temperatures, the long stretches of cold and we get to enjoy a hot bowl of pumpkin soup, minestrone, vegetable medley, potato leek and asparagus soups… all favorites and shared with chunks of warm french baguettes. What could be more rustic and comforting a meal than that?

♥Halloween for the Toddler Set: I’ve never been a great Halloween fan but I can understand the joy little kids have about trick-a-treating for candy in their ghoulish outfits. I love orange and black so the colors definitely work for me… When my kids were little, we went trick-a-treating with them at night and it was fun.

♥Thanksgiving is Coming: We talk about the holidays a lot in the fall and there are several we celebrate in my household. Thanksgiving is huge in the USA and we enjoy the festivities that come with that celebration. Remembering to be thankful is always worth celebrating.

♥Hanukkah is Arriving: Hanukkah is important too and a lot of fun for my kids. They are fortunate to get gifts from both their Christian and Jewish relatives so much is celebrated and enjoyed during this time of the year.

♥Christmas is Here:Christmas brings closure to the year and helps everyone prepare for the colder winter season even as we enjoy putting up a Christmas tree, celebrating the birth of Jesus, exchanging gifts, listening to holiday songs and joining hands while cherishing the festivities.

We learn things about ourselves throughout the year but I believe that the fall brings us closer as families and helps remind us to honor our blessings, share our goodwill, and celebrate the impending new year waiting around the corner. Even when we find some of the festivities and activities tiring, we are reminded to share our gratitude in a definitive way in the autumn/fall season. What can we learn from this? Do share.

How do you adjust to change in the fall? What do you do to celebrate the season? I would love to hear from you. Thank You!

PHOTO CREDITS:
All Photo of Autumn/Fall by Melissa Farlow, Medford Taylor, and Tim Fitzharris via NatGeo ~ courtesy of National Geographic

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank


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autumn, christmas, end of summer, fall foliage and colors, halloween, Hanukkah, pumpkin soup, ten reasons for fall, thanksgiving


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  • “as the season shakes hands with Mother Earth and changes handsomely from summer to autumn” Such a lovely image!

    Thank you for this post – it reminds me exactly why Autumn is my favorite Season!

  • I love the fall; Halloween, the cool air, the dead leaves blowing in the street and soup. After that I wish it was summer again.

  • I love fall! The Oct. sky is the bluest all year, the perfect backdrop for gorgeous color everywhere. The crispness of the air. and… it’s boot season! I love boots.
    Nice post Eliz!

  • Beautiful thoughts and beautiful photography! I’m glad I stopped by via SITS! have a wonderful fall– It’s my favorite season by far!

    L.

  • Here in Raleigh, NC, we had a ridiculously hot summer. I’m so glad it’s cooling off! Also, I’m glad to live somewhere that still experiences the changing of leaves. It makes me very happy.

    I’m one of your Hare groupies, checking out everyone’s sites!

  • A truly talented photographer. I wish you were living in my own part of the world. I would have used your expertise on my next project.

    Well done!

  • Fall is literally my favorite ! Love this post I agree with everything you listed

  • I used to live in a country in which autumn looked like that: changing colors, leaves falling off trees, orange looking landscapes everywhere. Now I am in a country where autumn doesn’t exist and I miss it sometimes.

  • Like so many people, I would have to pick fall as my favorite season. I love all the photos you shared and your reasons for loving fall too.

  • Fall really is the best time of year for so many reasons. I am so glad it’s here!

  • Fall Foliage is one the reasons why I love fall. The beautiful colors found on the tress are a sight to see. And I love the cold weather and enjoying warm tea during the autumn season!

  • Fall is certainly the best time of the year. The foliage, the onset of every new thing! I start to feel so festive already! Thank you so much for sharing this lively articel! 🙂

  • I think we are naturally drawn to colorful stuff so we really appreciate such season.. Happy autumn guys!

  • Love the fall, by far my favorite season. I spent part of my childhood in Aspen Colorado, and the color change there is stunning every year. I miss it.

  • I love Fall; it’s my favorite season. We take a scenic drive to appreciate all the magnificent autumnal leaves.

  • It is the most wonderfulllll tiiiiime of the yearrrrrrrrrr!

  • So many reasons to love fall! I’m so glad you appreciate it too! It is my fave season:)

  • I love everything about Fall, from the colors and cooler weather to the seasonal flavors. It’s like a big thank you for all the work and sacrifice that you’ve endured all Summer.

  • I liked fall before reading this and have now walked away with soo many more reasons to love it! I agree the back to school season is something to love

  • There is something about the colors of fall that bring me joy, peace, and makes me reflects on all my blessings.

  • Even though the calendar says it’s Fall, it hasn’t hit South Texas yet. We won’t have cooler weather for at least another month and the kids went to school in early August here. I sometimes forget how different the season is in other parts of the country and world since I’ve only ever lived in the South. But I do love that it means the holidays are coming!

  • The Philippines only has 2 seasons so too bad for us. I recently traveled to the US and i experienced a glimpse of Fall would love to be there when fall season is on its full bloom next year.

  • Autumn is my favorite season. We try to go for a drive into the nature to truly enjoy the season’s beauty.

  • Fall is my favorite. It does seem harmonious and hopeful. I also love a great bootie and sweater. 😀

  • I just love fall. The smell of the air everything changes. I agree with everything you said. Love your photos.

  • I love Autumn! The colours are so glorious and there’s nothing better than crunching through fallen leaves when you’re out walking…

  • Loved reading your article. Fall brings in it love, warmth and energy with its vibrant colors. About Halloween yes we do not celebrate in India but it is related to two of our festivals Dussehra and Diwali where the holy spirit destroys the demons to usher in peace and prosperity.

  • I love autumn when it’s still sunny and kind of warm. The past few days we just had constant rain -,-

  • This is best season I like after winter. When the leaves start changing their colors. Life starts all over again.

  • Fall is the best! I love the change of cooler whether and the transition of the foliage. It’s always so beautiful!

  • I am always excited welcoming the fall season because the weather are getting cooler, the colors of everything are more beautiful and lots of occasions that we need to celebrates during this season.

  • I can totally agree with those reasons. What I love the most is when the leaves starts to change colors, imagine passing through nature with different colored leaves.

  • OMG I love your fall list. I am all about the chunky sweaters and boots! Being in a place that actually has a fall has been so lovely, I think it’s become my favorite season!

  • The yellow, orange, and red colors of the leaves are the beautiful sign that fall is among us. Soon the weather will cool down and the days will get shorter.

  • I love summer and am a little bummed out that is over. But fall brings some nice weather and delicious flavors.

  • There’s something magical about Autumn. I’ve learnt to appreciate all seasons and not just summer. Although sunmer in the uk is a wash out mostly. Lovely post. Thanks for sharing!

  • Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year wherein I can have more time to relax and enjoying the cooler weather while sipping on my mug of hot chocolate.

  • YOU ARE RIGHT! Fall simply rocks. I moved to a tropical island with NO seasons really. I miss growing up in New York I miss the brisk walks, the crisp cool feeling in the air as if their is an extra layer of oxygen outside just for us to enjoy. My very favorite on your list is Fall Foliage. I miss the crunchy leave son the ground and the beautiful fall colors on the tress that no crayon box can match. Great read, thank you!

  • When I think of Autumn, I think of colours! Your photos show that too. I’m so excited for the leaves to start falling from the trees 💚

  • Love fall! I don’t think any season even comes close to the magic and beauty that fall has!

  • I have to admit I was not taking this particular fall high. It hit me in the wrong way totally. Thanks for reminding me it is not that bad

  • Fall is definitely the best season. Fall – wear is my favorite, it’s comfy and perfect.

  • Fall is my favourite season. It means time for coziness. Also love the colour autumn brings to the scenery. And yes, the coming of holiday season .

  • if only i could experience autumn like that in your picture. but fall is my favorite.

  • Fall is definitely the prettiest month that’s for sure!!! I just wish the weather was nicer here in WNY once October hits!

  • Fall always makes me feel so much more productive?? I always just have a bit more pep in my step. Plus let’s be honest – cardigan weather is prime. And the holiday activities… I could keep rambling on about how excited I am that fall is finally here.

  • I love the end of summer and summer heat along with the fall colour returns… Show alot of details as to why its all nice and good. Amazing writeup Elizabeth

  • the colors of autumn is adding flavor to this beautiful natural scenery.
    btw, your shots are all great!

  • I just love the Fall. There is so much beauty all around and the weather is perfect! Thanks for sharing the photos. They really made me appreciate this beautiful world we live in.

  • Totally agree with you. Autumn is a time to regroup. Personally, I find it beautiful and peaceful.

    Love the fall colors. It is rich and orange is one of my favorite colors.

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