Autumn is in full swing, isn't it? Even though here in California it's still so hot-- but it's a Santa Ana condition, dry and windy and clear, typical for us at this time of year, and so much better than the hideously humid tropical systems that creep up on us from the Gulf of California like warm, moist, suffocating blankets.
I can tell it's October, that most perfect of autumn months, because the light is different, more golden and mellow, the nights are cool, the sun is setting earlier and earlier, pumpkins and Halloween decor are everywhere....and, even though the liquidambars and crepe myrtles in my yard have yet to turn, the sycamores and willows that I pass when I drive over the nearby mountains to my office are starting to turn a dirty yellow. One good cold snap at night and everything will be brilliant yellow, orange and red (or as brilliant as fall color gets here in southern California).
This is a fairly short post-- short on words and photos-- because I'm still recovering from our recent trip to Utah to work like maniacs on our cabin, which was exhausting, exhausting, exhausting. But I have been adding to my growing pumpkin collection, which is temporarily, but happily sitting on my fireplace mantle... which I thought I would share, along with some autumn-themed poetry that caught my eye....
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."
-Henry David Thoreau
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
-L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Although I did get to see some pretty fall color on my drive home through Utah....here is some aspen color in the mountains near our cabin.
"I saw old Autumn in the misty morn
Stand, shadowless like Silence, listening
Thanks for visiting!
Linking to the following this week....
Roses of Inspiration Linkup at The Enchanting Rose
Bouquet of Talent at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest