|the maples of saratoga avenue, near our home|
I pay attention to those things, but nature doesn't so much. The fall colors this year, in spite of the deepening drought, are gorgeous. The conventional wisdom was that they were supposed to be dull due to the dry weather, which has set in in during the last half of the summer.
Autumn in Minnesota rarely disappoints. It's one benefit of living in a place with harsh winters-- as the trees and grasses wind down in preparation, they almost always give us a good show on their way out.
|sedum and ornamental grasses in the front yard|
The autumn colors seem to come a little bit later each year, but they still show up.
Even as a kid- when I didn't have a past to be nostalgic about- autumn made me nostalgic. For what, I'm not sure.
It still does, and I'm not sure for what. There's really not much in the past that I'd really want to revisit.
I love this time of year anyway. I suppose it helps that I was born in September.
|roses-with bodacious hips|
|my new stone steps- my handiwork, plus the leaves from our yard's maple and hackberry|
The Middle Eastern grocery stores here carry whole sumac blossoms, dried. It's funny to see something that's so common, and so unappreciated here sold as a delicacy at an exotic grocery store.
Of course, a lot of people don't like sumac because they say it's messy, and because it tends to take over an entire area once it's established.
Well, yes. But look at the fall color.
|view down the alley- with blazing sumac|
It makes some people itch when they touch it, and I might be falling in that category too. I've had an unexplained rash on my hands and arms this year after weeding the yard, and I've been pulling a lot of this, since it tends to be almost everywhere now.
But, good fall color makes up for it. Almost.
|virginia creeper- creeping over the woodpile|
Nice to think that even the plants that prefer to live in the south like to show off some fall color when they relocate to the upper Midwest. Ya got to keep up with the neighbors, dontcha know?
|leonard messel magnolia- fall color|
But beauty is food too- for the soul.
Even in a time when having access to clean, nutritious food is more difficult, and more important than ever, there has to be room for things that are beautiful. Otherwise, why continue eating?
Yes, there are many reasons-- I have two of them, aged 4 and 5- but beautiful things are the sugar and cream in the coffee of my life. And this time of year is exceptionally sweet and creamy.