"There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade
of autumn leaves." -Joe L. Wheeler
Autumn in New England always held a certain charm for me ever since I attended my first year and a half of college in Weston, Massachusetts. It has been many years since I saw a New England autumn so I was delighted when my husband and I received an invitation to attend his cousins' 30th wedding anniversary celebration.
As we traveled from Long Island to Massachusetts, I wondered if we would be awed by changing foliage. The weather had a slight chill in the air and the sun shone brightly, just like you would expect to find for the first weekend of November. Driving along the highway, I spotted trees of different hues under a beautiful blue sky.
As my husband and I crossed over into the eastern part of Connecticut and into Massachusetts, we spotted a scenic stop and quickly pulled over. Disappointed by the limited array of multi-colored autumnal trees, I took a few nature photos to remember the not-as-significant scenic view as the one in Whitney Point, New York on the way to Syracuse.
BUT while in North Hampton, Massachusetts for a family reunion of cousins on my husband's side of the family, I found the quaint New England town dressed for autumn. A highlight of the walking tour after a sumptuous brunch was the Academy of Music building that was the actual spot where Jenny Lind, the Swedish soprano sang in the summer of 1851. To enhance my experience, I digitized some of my photos to bring the spirit of abundant autumn in New England to life.
Autumn walked in beauty
surrounded by nature's
lustrous hues one fall day.
Hearing soft whisperings
from awed travelers' thoughts,
she spread her leaves in thanks.
Walking through the historic town, was a magical experience. A sense of history, the quaintness of a time gone by, and autumn's beauty combined to leave me thinking of F. Scott Fitzgerald's thought: "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."
Sending happy late autumn feelings during the month of November to all!
I will continue to work on my Abundant Autumn Gallery with November's artistic expressions.
It's Slice of Life Tuesday at Two Writing Teachers and I am heading there.