This beautiful picture was taken a few years ago. It is a hillside covered with Tamaracks on the way to Boise near Smith’s Ferry. I never knew about Tamaracks until we moved to Cascade. They are deciduous trees that hide in amongst the pine trees all summer and then turn a golden color in mid-fall, then the leaves fall off and it waits until spring to disguise itself in the pine trees all over again. We had a real blustering wind with quite a downpour on Monday morning and it striped the leaves off of the trees, see the before and after pictures: (The picture on left was taken first week in October right picture taken today.)
The fall has always had my heart! I am only sad that it goes too fast. Soon the leaves will be completely gone and it will be time to hunker down and wait out the winter. Thinking about my childhood and the month of October – I remember looking so forward to “trick or treating”, thinking about what kind of costume I could come up with, the party at school. Being raised in a family of five kids, and not much money for “extravagant splurges” such as candy, it was a very looked forward to time of the year. I remember drawing pictures of full moons with witches flying through on their broom sticks, owls hooting in bare trees, ghost floating along dark empty paths. I honestly remember having a spook house at our church youth group one night (course it was just walking blindfolded with a guide and sticking our hands in bowls of eyeballs (olives), brains (noodles) and guts (jello with non-descript chunks). When my kids came along and it was time to decorate for fall I started out just putting up only “cute” pictures of witches and ghost and green monsters with bloodshot eyes. We took our kids to the good neighborhoods to “trick or treat” where there were lots of houses close together that gave out good treats. (And believe me, Hubby and I got our fair share of the stash after the kids hit the hay that night) By the time our kids were in their teenage years we were starting to grow in our relationship with God as a family and in our own personal lives, and realized that maybe celebrating witches and ghosts and devils might not be such a good idea. It is so wonderful that now a days there is the option of “Harvest Parties” and “Fall Festivals”.
SOME OF THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT FALL:
Blustering winds that blow the gold and red leaves off the trees
An owl hooting in the deep dusk
The smell of leaves returning to the soil
Dark clouds rolling over the mountain tops
Trees swaying and bowing with the blowing winds.
Leaves spattering against you walking in the gloaming
Ducks gathering on the river
Geese honking overhead
Riffles booming in the early morning
Wind chimes shouting out “the storm is coming”
Hubby and I went camping last weekend – it was wonderful. We had the campground to ourselves so the doggies could run free. The weather cooperated – rain Friday night but clouds cleared up by mid morning Saturday. We took long walks around the lake, discovered some caves, sat in our chairs and drank coffee and read and sat around the campfire and talked, I spent time reading in the camper while Hubs worked on his teaching for the next week. It was the best. Now the camper is sitting out in the back forty with the winter curtains up, just waiting for the dishes and bedding to be put away and the tarp to go over it to protect it from winter. Here are some pictures from our trip.
View of Lake From Camp Ground
Other Side of Campground With a Pond
Hubby and Doggies! On Lake Shore Near Caves
Beautiful Rock Wall
Copper Decor in Camper
I hope you enjoyed the title! It was a spoof on “Spring Has Sprung!”