Walktober 2020

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

14 thoughts on “Walktober 2020

  1. Such gorgeous, rich colors! We are way behind you, with our trees just beginning to show hints of color. Thank you so much for joining Walktober again this year. :)

  2. Debbie, thank you for this stroll, it was BEAUTIFUL! As you know, Autumn is my very favorite season, so I really enjoyed this.

    I’m amazed at the colors of your trees because we haven’t had much change in ours. A little, but not as much as your part of the States. I’m hoping for a few good cold snaps, so that we get some change.

    “Look how the sun catches the beauty of these trees:”

    GORGEOUS!

    “I hope you didn’t forget to scuff your feet through some leaves and listen to them crunch! ”

    HA! And yes, that is my favorite thing to do. I love that sound. And also, the smell of the leaves.

    Thanks again for the stroll, my friend. I’m hoping to get some photos today of our trees. X

    • Thanks for joining me, Ron! In a normal year, we wouldn’t have this much Fall color yet either. But we haven’t had measurable rain in ages, so I understand the trees are reacting as best they can. We’re supposed to have TWO cold fronts blow through in the next several days, and I’ll see if we can forward them on to your area.

      Don’t you LOVE the sound of leaves crunching underfoot? Every chance I get, I’m shuffling my feet through the leaves and enjoying their swoosh — makes me feel like a kid again, ha!

      I’m looking forward to seeing your trees, my friend! xx

  3. Debbie, what GLORIOUS COLORS! Thank you for letting us join your walk and enjoy them vicariously through you. It’s still mostly green here, but a few yellow & orange trees are popping out here & there. Enjoy!! 🍂☀️🍂🤗🍂

    • I’m delighted you enjoyed seeing them, Virginia! When it’s this hot and dry, we always fear the Fall color will be nonexistent, but somehow Mother Nature comes through. I’m glad I took them when I did, though, because as you know, if you wait too long, you won’t find anything but muted yellows and browns.

  4. This is just wonderful, Debbie! The colors are great, but that covering of leaves on the ground is best! I loved kicking through leaves when I was a kid, and I still love it. There’s quite a shortage of leaves around here, but if I can find some this year, I’ll have a little fun again. Thanks for sharing such evocative photos!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the walk and the photos, Linda! We’re expecting a double-whammy cold snap this weekend, and I imagine much of the color will fade fast as the leaves drop in the high winds. Looks like we got outside and walked just in the nick of time!

  5. The trees really are beautiful this year, but I wish it would rain. We had plenty of rain in the Spring and early Summer, but as of August, it’s been rather dry. Still, I guess we should just enjoy colorful trees, since there’s not much we can do about the drought!

    • We’ve got the same problem — too much rain in Spring and Summer, hardly a drop since August. And the days when we’re supposed to get rain? Well, a few drops isn’t going to suffice! Still, somehow, the trees have managed to look splendid, despite all the early naysayers.It’s just a challenge, getting all those leaves gathered when the wind is blowing so hard!

    • Eliza, thanks so much for stopping by to walk with me! Fall is my favorite time of year, too — the colors are just beautiful, and it’s so pleasant when the heat and humidity finally break.

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