Thoughts come clearly while one walks. ~Thomas Mann, German novelist and 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate
It’s time once again for the annual Walktober, hosted by Robin of Breezes at Dawn.
Today, we’re in Central Illinois, where a prolonged drought has stressed trees and produced a faster color change than what typically takes until mid-October to peak.
Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful day — temps in the low 70s, sunny and clear — so let’s hop into our sneakers and head outside for a two-mile stroll.
Look! Here’s a maple with a sunny dress on:
And for those who prefer shades of orange:
And let’s not forget how red some maples turn:
This is the time of year when leaves FALL to the ground. Somebody’s got some work to do here with a big rake:
This dude on a bicycle seems oblivious to the beauty surrounding him:
Fall in Central Illinois is harvest time. Here, you can see a line of trees — some of which haven’t begun to turn color yet — right next to what used to be a field of soybeans:
Look how the sun catches the beauty of these trees:
Here’s a dogwood whose color makes it stand out in the midst of much bigger trees:
Notice how this one is turning a purple color from its top down. That’s a lot of leaves:
Sometimes, the views are breath-taking:
Other times, the trees almost look as if they’ve been painted:
Here’s another dogwood, this one turning shades of maroon and purple:
Old Glory dwarfed by these beauties:
I hope you didn’t forget to scuff your feet through some leaves and listen to them crunch! Thank you for joining me on my walk. Let’s plan on doing it again next year, if not sooner:
I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist