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October 9, 2011

Searching for Autumn Color

Filed under: Walking the Dogs — Karma @ 6:51 pm
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It might be a bit early still.  I had it in my head that by Columbus Day weekend, western Massachusetts was usually ablaze in the colors of fall.  I wasn’t able to find much photographic evidence in the archives on my computer.  I searched dates around this time in 2010 and 2009, without luck.  My 365 project on Flickr showed a bit of color on October 10th of 2008.

When the forecast for this weekend said sunny skies and temperatures around 80°, I knew a walk in the woods would be on my “to do” list.  The forecast proved accurate, and the doggy duo and I set out for an afternoon walk yesterday.  I reveled in the warmth and sunshine, telling myself to enjoy it, knowing this was likely the last New England weekend to enjoy such weather.  Hoping to spot hints of pretty color, Mr. Andre Rebel came along for the walk too.

While I didn’t see vibrant shades filling the trees, I was able to find some hints of the autumn palette:



These little cuties reminded me of Michaela’s post from the other day:

I also found something new along our familiar path.  While rounding a bend, this popped up:

Bridge? I thought to myself.  What bridge?  Lo and behold:

A new footbridge had appeared along our walk, at Daphne’s favorite spot to take a little rest.  Normally, this is the place where I have to figure out the best spot for a little leap across the running water while the dogs happily slog across.  The dogs still slogged through, but I happily made use of the new addition.


In some spots along our walk, and in general about town, I’ve noticed some of the trees seem to be skipping their autumn display and going straight from green to brown:



In the pleasantness of the afternoon, we ambled further along the path than we’d been in quite a long time.  As the sunlight peeked through trees in the shadowy section of our walk, it suddenly came to my consciousness that I had possibly obtained my own form of quiet contemplation and meditation.  If meditation is the absence of active thought, then I think it happened, if only for a short time.  For a short time, I wasn’t thinking about chores that awaited me at home, the trials of the previous week at work, or the tasks ahead for the week to come.  It was just me, the dogs, the woods and breathing.  And it felt really good.


  1. I love the first shot with the berries – very delicate. (And don’t worry about autumn, there’s no rush!)

    Comment by Barbara — October 9, 2011 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

    • Oh I agree on not rushing autumn! I will enjoy this warmth and sunshine as long as Mama nature will let us have it.
      Thanks Barbara.

      Comment by Karma — October 10, 2011 @ 8:48 am | Reply

  2. Wasn’t it a LOVELY day today? Really good for the soul this one. Now, yes, your walk might have been more beautiful with fall color but I know you are like me and are revelling in every last drop (and high temp) Mother Nature is willing to give us before she blasts us with winter chills! The foot bridge note is too funny! Like, WHO is gonna stop the horse from crossing if s/he desires to do so?? 😉

    Comment by milkayphoto — October 9, 2011 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

    • It has been an unbelieavably gorgeous weekend – I’m sure we’ve both been busy just taking in as much as possible. How lovely it must be up near the shore where you are: wonderful warmth and tourist season over! I really need to visit up there again sometime soon, it has been too long.
      I found the sign amusing too. I didn’t have a wider lens with me on the walk to show it, but there is plenty of room for a horse to walk through the trickling water rather than using the bridge.

      Comment by Karma — October 10, 2011 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  3. Certainly was the perfect day for a walk. We had the opposite….. dreary, cloudy, rainy, and temps “only” in the 70’s.
    Those little white flowers do look like the ones I photographed, except there were a lot less of them than in your picture.

    Comment by thedailyclick — October 10, 2011 @ 6:40 am | Reply

    • After the summer you had, 70’s must have felt pretty wonderful to you! We’ve had a lot of chilly drizzle with daytime highs only in the 60’s recently, so this sunny weekend around 80 has been great.

      Comment by Karma — October 10, 2011 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  4. Maybe THAT’S why I feel so much better after a walk through the nature center! I never thought that it might actually be a form of meditation, but the way you’ve described it “the absence of active thought” – is exactly what happens every time I go there. I’m not “thinking” about anything, I’m just enjoying the atmosphere. My thoughts are not in words, just feelings. Makes sense, now!! 🙂

    Maybe someone got tired of having to jump over the water, and decided to take matters into their own hands with the bridge? 😉

    Comment by Photo By Holly — October 10, 2011 @ 8:33 am | Reply

    • Isn’t it a wonderful feeling, Holly? I might just have to do it again today if the spirit moves me.
      I’m guessing the bridge must be a town project. The paths that I walk in the woods are actually old tractor paths of a farmer who used to own the land. He died a few years ago and the town bought his land as part of a community preservation act. Since buying the land, the town has marked out a few specific paths. This must be a small improvement they decided to make. You can read more about my walking paths (if you are interested) in this post:https://karmardav.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/my-wordpress-5k-or-5mi-as-the-case-may-be/

      Comment by Karma — October 10, 2011 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  5. A perfect way to spend part of a day, walking in the woods (fall color or not) with an “absence of active thought”. I had thought of doing that today, but it’s raining and blowing and inside seems a good place to be.

    Comment by Carol — October 10, 2011 @ 10:52 am | Reply

    • It was truly wonderful – the only thing that could have made it better for me would been for the walk to have come out at the edge of the ocean! That is unfortunately not possible here!

      Comment by Karma — October 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm | Reply

  6. 😀 Nature is good that way, letting us fall into those meditative states. I felt a sense of peace following along with your photos.

    Comment by Robin — October 10, 2011 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

    • It was really nice – I hope I have some more opportunities before the nasty weather comes.

      Comment by Karma — October 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  7. It does sound like the most wonderful gift nature gave you. Those moments when our thoughts still and we’re completely present in the moment…joyful. Soon you’ll be meditating every day to experience this blessed presence again! (Or at least walking in the woods again, letting the world drop away.) Aren’t you glad you didn’t have a horse with you?

    Comment by Kathy — October 10, 2011 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

    • I’ll definitely return to those paths. My life is so hectic sometimes it seems like this time is “stolen” time, but I will take however I can get it.
      I’m sure a horse would happily slosh through the water the way my dogs did, so no worries for the horses!

      Comment by Karma — October 10, 2011 @ 10:16 pm | Reply

  8. I’m sorry that we missed the walk. Perhaps another time in the coming weeks? With the holiday weekend and everyone home we were just too busy.

    Comment by Becky Sue — October 11, 2011 @ 8:23 am | Reply

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