As I went out last evening to shoot the last of our vibrant, summer color, it hit me that as much as I love the crisp, moody days of autumn, winter is coming, and it isn't an easy adjustment for me. Suddenly it seems that Tulla and I are taking our walks earlier to avoid the cold and dark, and T-shirts have been covered with vests and hoodies.I'm thankful that although cold and wet, there is much beauty to look forward to during the winter months. I don't look forward to muddy doggy and kitty paws that need drying several times a day, but the beauty of bare tree limbs, frosty dried leaves, pods, and twigs, and sweet winter birds bring smiles of anticipation and make the adjustment a bit easier.Still, I'm going to savor every day while breathing deeply and enjoying the rich, colorful leaves dancing and floating on gentle breezes as long as I can. Wind Has Shaken Autumn Down ~ Tony Johnston
Wind has shaken autumn down,
left it sprawling on the ground,
shawling all in gold below,
waiting--for the hush of snow.
Walking through the autumn leaves
Scattered on the ground
Seeing the kaleidoscope
Of colors all around.