Autumn. The leaves are turning red, and the air has cooled. The air is also drier, considering a little “pink in the sink” from my sinuses.
There are no shortages of places with decorations— pumpkins on display, even in our living room (the fake, plastic light-up kind, but still). Stores make it clear that Halloween is right ahead. (In the U.S., anyway.) I was also made aware, by my friends, of the Mid-Autumn festival (observed in China and Vietnam), and Diwali (Hindu)— with plenty of yellows and oranges— comprised of candles and fireworks in the sky, and massive amounts of flying lanterns… Okay, so there were no flying lanterns; those were Photoshopped into an older photo (the “reflection” in the pool: extra fake).
Things here, in the United States, however…
We’re loaded with leaves. “Pretty,” as my faraway friend would say, at first glance. But after second glance, you realize you’ll have to get out the rake at some point.
Some of the reds stand out.
Some naturally occurring flowers are still in bloom.
Some not-so-naturally planted flowers remain. (Some have shriveled, even by this photo. And some may have been removed.)
Seasonal bugs. (What do these slow things do, beside show up unsolicited, and make an awful odor?)
The squirrels and chipmunks are out in large numbers. (They are also difficult to photograph.) They nest with leaves, other natural materials. So many chipmunks sifting through leaves you can hear them seemingly everywhere, where we live.
People are still out on the beach. Anyone in a bathing suit is probably wearing a robe at some point, as can be seen on the left in this photo.
From a distance…
A natural composition.
So many perspectives.
Sometimes All the world’s a stage…
And all the world requires maintenance.
The library appears to have finished moving the mini-Starbucks®.
I finally visited Deering Oaks park to complement the seasonal photo “portfolio.” However… it was late when we got there. But the lateness made a different kind of opportunity: capturing the park, at night!
Yes, the globes on the bridge light up at night.
There was a long, long line of ducks coming from gatherings more central of the park. …I have some footage of running (on foot) at a group or two— flocks of ducks flapping, frightened by a larger organism coming at them (me).
Well, that’s enough for now. Twenty-five photos is more than sufficient for an update post.
As we all know, life moves on. And before you know it, it’s winter. Until next time…