The glorious colors of this autumn are a distant memory. There are a few trees with some leaves hanging on, the blackberry bushes still are beautiful.
The leaves this fall were spectacular, better than I’ve seen in years. The traffic on Route 2 was worse than I can recall in recent memory. I take a certain satisfaction is knowing that I can avoid driving that route by taking back roads with the bonus being better views of the foliage. I have always looked at the “leaf peepers” with a small measure of disdain. How dare they cause these crazy traffic problems on an otherwise lightly travelled road? What are they thinking driving 20 mph and stopping suddenly to take a photograph of particularly colorful maple. These are my trees. I have watched their entire cycle and October is the reward.
I then realize how blessed I am to be living in such beauty. How wonderful it is to have family and friends locally that take advantage of all of it with their cameras and how amazing it is that we can all share our imagery so readily via the internet. With all of the complaints an old film photographer can have this is one time when I think digital is amazing.