Wow, how time flies – whether you’re having fun or not. With a clear plan in mind, I began writing this blog post several weeks ago to document the lovely, dramatic changes as fall enveloped the countryside.
The plan was for a two-part post, mind you. What can I say? Life happened and it seems I did everything but write.
So … back to late September.
Autumn was in full swing across Alaska’s forests and fields, and I, rather than bemoaning the loss of summer, was determined to enjoy the crisp fall air and changing leaves, as viewed from my second story spinning studio.
Several days of rain (more like a week – unsurprising this year) seemed to give our trees an extra boost of energy, making Alaska’s yellows and golds even more vibrant. With mostly birch, poplar and spruce directly behind our house, my view was delightful.
I do sometimes miss the reds, oranges and vermilions of the upper Midwest, but hey, in Alaska, it’s all about the gold!
I added in extra oranges to my personal autumn experience by spinning up a autumnal skein of Cheviot wool 3-ply yarn, purchased especially for this special time of year.
Spinning while watching the leaves changing color outside my window was not only relaxing, but also helped me get into the spirit of the season.
Sadly, just as fall was peaking in my area, a tremendously strong, 24-hour wind and rain event blew through much of Alaska, stripping the trees of leaves and plunging us straight from the height of fall glory into the bleakness of pre-winter.
These pictures were taken just one day apart. Same trees.
OK … learning to let go. 🍁🍁