autumn is my favorite season

Glen Burnie’s Gardens
Winchester, Va

We spent a week in the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Winchester Virginia. What a treat to see the colors that are still a few weeks away in Big-D. Then, we briefly saw some familiar Maryland trees that may be a few days past their prime, but seeing their fading hues was like seeing dear old friends.

The giant oak, the wordless evangelist, across the street from our Texas home reminds me of the towering oak in Maryland across the street from our home I was happy to see again. The Japanese maple we have by our front door in Texas now reminds me of the one my aunt and cousin gave us in memory of my mother, that we planted in Maryland.

oak and Japanese maple in autumn

Towering Md Oak
MKW’s Red Maple


Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

By the way, you won’t see red and orange leaves in Europe, did you know that? Fall Colors in Europe

Returning to Texas means I will see two autumns, God willing. Autumn remains my favorite season – well, until the first snowfall, Christmas lights, and carols; or, spring’s first blush colors lifeless trees and undressed flower beds. Or, when summer calls . . . wait, summer makes me long for autumn.

I am just glad to be here now with the hope enjoying another burst of  autumnal colors, and to share some photos of trees I love – they bring back memories of times well-spent.

autumn in the shenandoah valley

Painting by Forrest Lee Moses in the Museum of the Shenandoah


[A]utumn, that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness, that season which has drawn from every poet, worthy of being read, some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.

She occupied her mind as much as possible in such like musings and quotations… ~Jane Austen*


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