While I enjoy features of all seasons, Spring and Fall are by far my favorite. I think these “shoulder seasons” don’t get the attention they deserve.
Let us pause for a moment to think about the plight of poor Fall….Summer ends when school starts back up, there are a few weeks where people are “yeah, apples! I love Fall” then suddenly, in early October, the Christmas stuff goes up and everyone starts thinking of lights, red & green, and sparkles. (Ooooooo, something shiny!).
But I feel bad for this time of year, because Fall is beautiful and a fabulous time to spend outside, and truly deserves appreciation. While we may not have the classic New England colors, even in California, who the mass of people believe doesn’t have seasons, our surrounding environment is full of changes. The sky darkens much earlier, but the shorter spans of light are filled with vibrant golds, yellows, reds, oranges and crimsons. The ground is full of texture from fallen leaves, and the air feels fresh and crisp.
Any spare moment that I’ve had this past month has been spent exploring outside. With my 4-legged faithful furry adventure partner, I’ve spent time all over the county on the beaten and less traveled paths, admiring the glorious environment.
The first colors we see to change are the vineyards, with the different varietals of grapes creating a patchwork blanket covering Sonoma County’s hills and valleys.
Along the river, the wild grape vines turn red. Native riparian trees like willow, ash, alders and cottonwood turn faint colors and reflect off the waters of our Russian River. Buckeyes have dropped their leaves and the buckeye nuts (poisonous, don’t eat them!) hang like pears from barren branches.
In people’s gardens, pomegranates and persimmons ripen and hang like jewels, while fig, walnut and pear leaves turn yellow and flitter to the ground. Bright red berries cluster on green boughs of pyracantha, just waiting to be devoured by hungry robins.
Streets lined with giant sycamores create a layer of crunchy dried leaves, while liquid amber create tunnels of red. Chinese pistache are my favorite, and the bright orange and red leaves positively that simply seem to glow, can only be described as awesome.
Soon, Christmas will be upon us, as well as the dark nights of winter. Bare branches of trees lining our towns’ square will be bright with white lights. Chilly days will keep me inside and hopefully rain will unleash from the sky and fill our reservoirs and streams. But until then, I will give Fall all the attention that it deserves, and relish in the beauty it provides!
As always, I love to hear from you! How’s the weather where your at? What do you love most about Fall?