This is a photo that I took about four years ago while I was on a Sunday drive with my sister. The most amazing part about this picture was that I captured the beauty of the leaves and the clarity of everything Autumn in this picture, while we were in a moving car.
I love how you can see the different variations of colors that change throughout the leaves each passing year. Some Autumns the temperature change happens so rapidly that you go from seeing green leaves one day to no leaves the next. Time does not stand still. And Autumn is a perfect time to remember this, and if for only one moment, stop. And stare at the leaves.
I love how you can hear the slight change in pitch of the wind as it moves through open windows in your house. Somehow Autumn winds blow at a more calming and settled pace. The pitch is not filled with humidity or the rapidness of summer approaching, but rather that of the cool winter months coming; warning you to prepare for hibernation from the impending bitter cold.
I love the smell of apple pie, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie. The cinnamon and brown sugar medleys whip through the house and into the air. Every so often you stop and take a deep breath to inhale the sweetness of the creation you are making.
I love the taste of everything associated with Autumn. Apples, pumpkins, turkey, gravy… The mere thought of Thanksgiving dinner within a few weeks is exciting! The food that everyone brings, the same dishes made with family variations are all waiting on that morning for the biggest dinner of the year.
I love the feeling of the crisp air that Autumn brings. The temperatures drop steadily from mid 70’s to high 60’s to mid 60’s and eventually settling into a bitter, yet sweet low 60 degrees. Enough where you can wear a sweater over your outfit and matching scarf adorned with a vintage brooch.
In case you couldn’t tell, Autumn is my favorite season. I will always like the Winter months and love seeing the snowfall while children build snowmen and make snow angels. I will always love seeing snow boots covered with slush and snow sitting at the doorstep from the last person to enter the house. I will especially love seeing children’s faces light up when they hear that school is cancelled for the day (despite how much longer they need to attend in summer).
But my heart will always be settled in Autumn. To me it is the perfect time of year where all five of my senses combine to create lasting memories and fictional stories of what the perfect Autumn day is like.
Complete with car rides with my sister, hearing the howl of the warning wind. Eating those pies that were baking in the oven. The cool breeze passing through my house carrying the sweet and savory smells of Thanksgiving dinner. And feeling that magic number of 60, that let’s me know comfort, cuddles, and candy canes are on the way.