The trees have shed, and the oranges and browns are setting in.
It’s the last day of October. And on some calendars, this marks the end of harvest season. In Celtic tradition, this end is celebrated with the festival of Samhain; tomorrow on the Gregorian calendar is the beginning of winter on their calendar. In the U.S., however, we recognize … Hallowe’en.
This is about as All-Hallows’-Eve as it gets around here. (A crude face has since been drawn on this pumpkin.) Fun fact: before pumpkins were used for jack-o’-lanterns, turnips were used.
This year, analysts say consumers will spend some $9 billion on Halloween candy and costumes in total.
But I’d rather look at the leaves. The reds, in particular, come and go fast.
Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. And free.
The tidal waves can be mesmerizing.
And as far as weather goes, there have been strong rains…
And there have been strong winds.
And soon enough, maybe as early as this Sunday, there will be the white stuff where I live. It’s already snowed north of here; on the 24th, cars slipped off the road in Bangor due to early snow fall. In Canada, snow fell almost as soon as fall began.
There always seems to be grass at Crescent Beach.
And with signs taken down, at least one person hasn’t picked up after his/her dog.
You gotta take in the sights before they’re gone.
Some flowers and berries remain.
Imagine seeing a double rainbow behind the supermarket right after you parked. I don’t remember see the fainter rainbow, above, until I reviewed the photos. I take it that the camera picked it up because digital cameras are more ISO-specific sensitive than the human eye when it comes to direct light, whereas we see a high range mixture of ISO somewhere between 25 to over a thousand. Our HDR vision enables us to see texture on the moon versus a typical ISO blur with the iPhone, but it can make it more difficult to see some fainter light sources.
Anyway. It turns out this may have been the double rainbow over Old Orchard Beach, in the distance. It’s certainly not the first one of the year over there. Within a few minutes, this double rainbow began to disappear with the clouds.
It was a downpour earlier in the day, Monday. Saco Island Deli helped lift my spirits a bit. (At least until I fell asleep in the car because I hadn’t gotten enough rest before the day began.) I tried their Mainah-as-panini special: romaine, Cabot cheddar, pan-seared chicken, uncured bacon and their famous maple aioli. And I gotta say, they make quality sandwiches!
The good news is I’ve finally seen a dentist. The bad news: three cavities, and an eye-popping bill. Cross my fingers that I’ll get any kind of insurance this year…
At home, the mice have returned. Sometimes, they’ll brave running around in the house… lil’ bastards.
Well, that’s it for now. I hope your Halloween night is a good one! 🙂
Until next time…