It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.... As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye... ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Clouds. Oh Joy

I woke up this morning and saw this light to the East, from my window. In my "before coffee" state of being, I saw fire in the distant Blue Mountains. There was a moment of panic and then I saw the cloud cover and a yellow orb struggling to break through. It was the sun, not the feared FIRE that plagues our parched foothills.
I grabbed my camera and went out into the front yard. It had to be 20 degrees cooler than yesterday morning and the sun was losing it's battle with the clouds. No fire..., no heat...., just the prospect of Fall coming. Oh joy!
There is a change, a difference that signals the beginning of my favorite seasons. Finally..., a breath taken..., that speaks of Nature's willingness to release her fiery assault on this beautiful land that I call my home.
Finally..., a moment when I stand at the edge of my garden, knowing that summer is over and that this distant glow is only a tired old rooster saying good morning to a new day.
Tired old rooster sun..., you have had free range long enough.
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9 comments:

niartist said...

These photos are stunning, absolutely! GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing! :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post, wonderful photographs. The wind came up here in the Valley early yesterday evening, strong out of the Delta. You just knew the endless heat was finally breaking, letting fall come in.

C.

castlewon said...

yup, we're in for some (monentary) good weather, with more in view

julie Haymaker thompson said...

OMG these photos are just gorgeous So glad it was the sun

Jan Ely said...

It does look like fire. In my "pre-coffee" state, I would have pulled out the garden hose in worry!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

beautiful!!!!!!

Madeline's Album said...

Connie, your photos are just great. Glad it was the sun and not fire. We here in Alabama have had a lot of rain so there is not a threat of fire this year. I do worry about my home state of California. Fall is in the air here also, and I am loving it. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Roslyn said...

I know you are so relieved that summer is on the wane & fall cannot be far behind. enjoy now the lovely waeather. no fires, please God

Eve said...

Beautiful! Enjoy the fall farmlady!