A glimpse of autumn

I’m an autumn transplant. I am not of the prairies with miles upon miles of corn fields, or the stark vastness of the Great Plains, or the endless shades of browns in the deserts of the southwest, or the dulcimer echoes up and down the Appalachian Mountains.

I am from autumn in NewΒ  England.

From the rock walls and the babbling brooks. I am of the endless call of the ocean waves pummeling the rocky crags and shores. I am of clapboard homes and windy roads created by meandering cattle from centuries past.

My heart is built upon greens as rich and deep as the reds and oranges they become.Β  The continual smell of the wood fires warming hearths and homes. This is the stuff I am made of.

Autumn is particularly hard for me to be away. While I’ve learned to appreciate the beauty in each of the different places that I lived (although it took me A REALLY LONG TIME to come to appreciate the desert), nothing thrills me like autumn in New England.

As our weather has begun the slow decent to the stark beauty of the winter wonderlands, the longing in me grows for my glorious New England home. So I just want to share some photos I’ve found online that touch something deep within me.

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Linking to any number of these lovely blogs.
(Images courtesy creative commons 2.0 and 3.0/Wikimedia Commons: Pugetopolis; Albert Bierstadt [Public domain]; Fredlyfish4; and John Phelan)


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23 Comments

  1. I have never seen New England except from pictures, but it is lovely! Although I don’t like the rain in WA, the season changes are beautiful! Thanks for hosting today.

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    • Nan, I never know if there is as much rain in WA as I hear…I have a friend in Walla Walla and I’ve always wanted to go and visit there. Thanks for stopping by once again. Your posts are always so much fun and so helpful!

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      • I know what you mean, I’ve heard that before. Yes, it really does rain. A lot. If you live in western WA. But sometimes it’s just a drizzly rain and other times it’s a hard rain. Sometimes just rains a teeny bit on and off throughout the day, sometimes a downpour for what seems like hours (and may very well be). You can go for weeks on end with rain every day.

        And you can pretty much count on rain in July. Usually even on the 4th of July (although occasionally you will have a sunny fourth). Around mid July is when you start getting summer, and you can’t count on it until then. That’s why it’s risky to get married in May or June and you certainly can’t count on an outdoor wedding.

        But the seasons are gorgeous and we really enjoy our summers. If you live in eastern WA you will have some snowy winters and some really nice and hot summers and not so much rain. If you live in western WA you can expect very little snow and lots and lots of rain. I have lived in both western and eastern WA.

        Eastern WA is gorgeous with all the sunshine and it can get up in the 90’s and triple digits and stay there for awhile. You totally want your a/c during an eastern summer!

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  2. Kate, I understand. I saw New England for the first time two years ago. And, while the trees had just started turning, I got a glimpse of the beauty to come. My last post was a quote and pictures-taken while I was there. I liked it very much- I could live there; but as much as I like the colors, nothing beats the white stuff for me. Winter is my season with lots of snow preferably!

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    • Nancy, I’m with you. I love the winter. Winters in North Dakota were the most beautiful I’d ever seen!

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  3. Kate, I didn’t link up today because my post really has nothing to do with women helping women. However, the past few days have been all out autumn. So feel free to come on over and get your fall colors fill!!!! πŸ™‚

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    • Oh, my sweet friend…I wish I could!!

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  4. Wow! Amazing pictures!
    Thanks for hosting and have a super blessed day!
    Love

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    • Thanks so much for coming by again this week!

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  5. I’ve lived in NH for my entire life, in the heart of the Monadnock Region. I never understood growing up why people would drive up from RI, NY, & NJ by the busload just to see our leaves, but once I realized that fall doesn’t look the same anywhere else – it’s easier to understand. I try not to take a day of it for granted. These pictures are lovely!

    Thank you so much for hosting this link-up! It’s so encouraging!
    ~Lisha

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    • Well, Lisha, when I lived in NE we would drive each week-end for our Fall Foliage Trips. We’d start in Maine and work our way down, each week-end in a different state lower to see the Peak colors of fall in New England.

      I’m so glad you are encouraged and that you get to share your blog with us all!!

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  6. LOVE LOVE YOUR PHOTOS AND KNOW JUST HOW YOU FEEL!!

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    • Pam, thanks so much!

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  7. Beautiful pictures! Fall is my favorite season, which is why we got married then (my anniversary is coming up next week). Fall colors are part of why I love living in the Midwest, although ours won’t peak for another week or two. Thank you for sharing the beautiful sites of New England! Would love to visit sometime…in the Fall. πŸ™‚

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    • Nancy, right now in IL we had a week of rain and sometimes that means all the fall changing gets lost and after the rain the trees are empty. Hoping that isn’t the case here. And happy anniversary, sweetie!!

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    • Shari Lynne, thanks so much for coming by. It is always a joy to see you!

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  8. What glorious images, Kate! No wonder you miss such sights. I have seen nothing like this in England, UK. We tend to move swift from summer to wintry mists, rain and slush with barely a pause in-between! Thank you for sharing and for hosting the link-up. I am delighted to join you today for the first time. Blessings πŸ™‚ x

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    • Ah, Joy, my daughter was just in England and Ireland – and she was there during the pause in between, I think! But she came back with some gorgeous photos of your beautiful country!

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  9. Kate…my post this week is a recipe that is easy and will be helpful to the busy mama. And the photos you shared are just breathtaking. One day I hope to be out that way in the autumn season to see it with my own eyes. Thank you for the link up and photos friend.

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    • Honey, it is always an encouragement to read your blog posts!!

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  10. Rhode Island wooed me with her temperate breezy summers and won my heart with her rich vibrant autumns. Today we went apple picking. I wish I could bottle the sunshine, colors, and crisp air to send to you!

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    • Oh honey, you are making me cry!!! Enjoy it for me, would you?? πŸ˜€

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