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Comment from: Gwyn

OMG WOW Ruth! You hit this out of the park. I am so conflicted at this time of year, but it is a necessary part of the cycle.

Everything you say resonates deeply, and your pictures are so complimentary to the words.

On a sad note I hit and undoubtedly hit a squirrel today while driving in my new car. I was so devastated I wanted to pull over, but tragic would not allow.

In the end I tried to take it as a sign of the transience of life and the seasons it is.


10/25/11 @ 18:00
Comment from: Mike

The fall for me means respite from summer's hot humid grip. I am one that does not function well in that type of weather and I welcome the cool, crisp autumn air despite the waning daylight hours that accompanies it. I watch the falling leaves on my frequent walks in the woods and think about how they have accomplished their job of conveying nutrients into their host all year and now must begin natures wonderful recycling act.
Winter brings on the narrow window where I can venture out onto places which were heretofore off limits to me in the +32 degree weather... a chance to ice fish. Now before all the naysayers decide to pass judgment on me and denounce me as “crazy” I will not defend my choice for my favorite winter activity... that's the beauty of it all... we each have those things we enjoy and look forward to that get us through the times when our spirits may need uplifting. I have something in each and every upcoming season that I look forward to being reunited with, it helps me to keep the doldrums at bay.

10/25/11 @ 20:03
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Gwyn and Mike: Wonderful comments as usual...and they show how diverse our feelings can be for the seasons.

Gwyn: Too bad about the squirrel. Like the dying sunflower it will become food -- as Mike put it so well -- in "nature's wonderful recycling act."

Mike: I so much more enjoy the Winter when I have an excuse to venture outside. The little "lake" near my home (Deep Creek) has frozen solid enough the last two years for people to ice fish. No need to defend anything! There were a ton of holes in the ice made by a lot of other hardy fisherman. Your comment does remind me, though, that frequent walks in the woods and having enjoyable things to look forward to important for the mind and body. I've been talking about buying cross country skis for years; your comment is encouragement to do it.

10/26/11 @ 06:03

I'm back to read this lovely post again, and leave a real response to your question :-)

I love autumn. I love the crisp days, bright blue skies, and the smell of burning and decay. I am always highly motivated and invigorated at this time of year, but also very aware of the fading light.

I am in the habit of going for evening walks with my camera at this time of year to record all I can before the light is gone at 6 and my winter doldrums take over.

I don't love winter although I have learned to work with it and respect my own cycles. Winter may be a sad time where my energies, creative and physical, are low, but I can let that be.

I take winter as a time to retreat into books, and thought. To store my energy for the return of the light in a few short months.
I could say so much more, but this is your blog ;-)

10/26/11 @ 08:02

Oh Ruth, what a perfect reminder! I was feeling grumpy about how dark it is in the mornings when in getting ready for work, but it is true that there is beauty to be found in each season. Taking time appreciate the cycles of life is something we can miss so easily. I'm with Mike I love the cooler temperatures. Being able to snuggle under warm duvet when you're falling asleep is one of my favourite things. Winter means a lot of rain where I live, and that's always a good reason to curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book and recharge both physically and spiritually.

10/26/11 @ 11:26
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Gwyn: Write away -- this is everyone's blog!

Gwyn and Karen: Thank you very much for making me smile. Just the word "snuggle" is enough to make anyone feel better.

10/27/11 @ 06:28

Ruth- sorry, but I will miss the insects, too! (still seeing the occasional. orange sulfur and - amazingly- buckeye!) Mike- I'm looking forward to ice for the same reason as you. No, we're not crazy. Our fairweather fishing friends just can't imagine what they're missing!

10/28/11 @ 06:59
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Warren: Good point, but I'm still sticking with being happy about saying goodbye to the gnats and mosquitoes. I guess only time will tell if it freezes well enough for you to fish locally again this year. I'll cross my fingers for you.

10/28/11 @ 07:20