Autumn Has Arrived

This morning I looked out our living room window to see this little critter huddled next to the screen. It’s bushy tail curled around to hide its head as if to say “I’m hiding here where no one can see me.” I watched the tree branches sway with the breeze and noticed the clouds overhead. This looks to be a dreary day indeed. Of course this is to be expected especially if one lives close to the “big” lakes as we do. Lake Erie is less than thirty minutes from our door, and I hear that the winters here are brutal. I try not to think about that though. Staying in the present moment, I force myself to consider what wonderful things await me on this chilly autumn day? Ugh. The positive approach just isn’t working at the moment. I feel like the little critter-squirrel on our window ledge this morning. I want to pull the covers up over my head so that no one sees me. Β I want to snuggle in warmth. On the other hand, I also want to explore more of this new environment in which we now live. Maybe the sun will come out a little later. For now I’ll take another cup of coffee, watch the trees sway and the leaves dance as they drift to the ground. I’ll make this a good day. I will adapt to living in the north. I will discover beauty even on a cold Autumn day. . . Or I’ll curl up next to Pele, my faithful cat, in my favorite fuzzy warm bathrobe, with a good book and read to my heart’s content.

30 thoughts on “Autumn Has Arrived

    1. Thanks Derrick. πŸ™‚ One of those unexpected serendipitous things and my camera just happened to be handy. Hopefully I’ll get out this week and enjoy more of what nature has to offer. Thanks for stopping by. I do appreciate it.

  1. Hi Cecelia,
    I came to your post on a quest for autumn, and you did not disappoint. There was a post!
    Hope you landed well on this side of the new year. May today be filled with unexpected joy!
    With warm greetings (despite the cooler temperatures here),

    1. Yes, we had a very sweet new year. Now we look to Yom Kippur, a day of atonement. Thank you for your blessing for unexpected joy! I will Amen that!! Thanks as always for stopping by. I appreciate it and will make every effort to get caught up (sorta) visiting other blogs, including yours. I always enjoy what you have.

    1. Yes, it is too fast for me. Give me the long, lazy days of summer any time! But since I’m here in the cold forbidding north country, I am going to do my best to make the most of it. I will be here for a long time. Thanks for stopping by. It is always good to see you. πŸ™‚

  2. I love fall but not so much those chilly days… It is cooler here today and the winds make it seem colder. I’m a bit surprised at the quick change from yesterday but what did I expect? It is Fall. πŸ˜†
    If you are near water, it is colder but then your spring and summer will be beautiful; a wonderful trade-off, no? Enjoy the indoors. πŸ™‚

  3. I like cold weather but not straight from mid 80’s to 43 degrees in two days. I need a bit more time to ease into winter. I am going to snuggle with your cat if you do not mind.

    Thanks for the link ceceliafutch.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Doc. My cat would love the attention…she loves to snuggle with anyone who happens to be here; it matters not whether she knows the person. πŸ™‚ Have a good evening and try to stay warm….brrrrrr.

  4. Your photos are amazing! My best friend in the Air Force was from Erie, Pa and he described the winters a lot more graphically than just “brutal”…..:) I hope you like snow….. and lots of it….. Just think of all the great winter snowscapes you can photograph…. that will be awesome πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Mr Idiot! πŸ™‚ I am already bracing myself for this winter, and reading up on winter/snow photography. I’m going to be here for awhile so I WILL learn to love it. Really I WILL… Really. (Actually, there are many good things about living in Cleveland. The weather is not one of them.) πŸ™‚

  5. Maybe you can take a few of those winter/snow photos from inside. I know that when it’s too cold I start shivering. And, shivering isn’t conducive to taking clearly focused photos – even when the camera is on a tripod. Do you think you might post a few tips on winter/snow photography?

    1. If the winter stuff turns out good I’ll be happy to share what I did. πŸ™‚ This will be interesting because I am definitely not a winter person. This will definitely be a learning experience.

      1. Hope Cleveland has a mild winter this year… just for you. If you take photos of Cleveland this winter, I’m sure they will turn out phenomenal. Your photos are always outstanding!

    2. Don’t worry too much about the focus, Cecelia. If there’s snow on the ground it is reflecting so much light that you can uses a smaller aperture, increasing your depth of field. If you want to get really into winter photography, make sure you have a polarizing filter. As for the weather, the first year will be rough (and you’ll never enjoy spring more than you will in 2012) but next year you’ll just take it in stride and dread it the same way us Northerners have done for centuries!

      1. Thanks for the tip, HoaiPhai. I’ve been searching the internet to find tips on winter shooting. It looks like it might be fun. I have a polarizing filter that I never use, so I’ll have to dig it out. πŸ™‚

  6. Cecelia, I can’t imagine that winters in Cleveland can be any worse than Michigan, and I wouldn’t describe my winters as “brutal.” Of course I grew up here so I’m used to it. Generally winter kind of waxes and wanes – we will get cold weather – in the 20’s to 30’s; then it may warm up into the 40’s enough for things to melt and then repeat. WE’ll have a few heavy snows which will be greatly over-hyped by the weather channel. Don’t worry – I think you’ll be okay.

    1. Huffygirl, you are probably right. I lived in Detroit for four years but struggled to get through the winters. Richard who lived in Cleveland for many years before we got married tells me the winters are pretty bad here. I’ll have to judge for myself. Having grown up in the south, and having spent the last four years in Maryland and Virginia, I’m not anxious to go back north (not that MD and VA are that far south for a gal who grew up in Louisiana and Kentucky!) My experience in life is that we tend to mentally build our fears into monsters until we discover they are nothing more than imagination. So, here’s hoping for a mild winter. πŸ™‚ And if there is a ton of snow, I’ll learn how to shoot snow photos!
      p.s. You are right; the weather channel is not the best source of accurate information!

  7. Wonderful post. There are days when I just want to snuggle up somewhere warm and enjoy a good book, too.

    The best way to cope with winters here is to find a way to get outside and enjoy it. My husband and I took up cross-country skiing. I am not terribly good at it, but I do enjoy being out in the woods where all is hushed after a big snowfall. I would like to try snowshoeing this year.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Robin. I agree with you; if there is something you don’t like, learn to do it or participate in the activity and most probably one will come to enjoy it. I lived one winter in New Hampshire (a mild winter) and the thing I noticed about people was they anxiously awaited and looked forward to cold, snowy weather. Winter sports was a big business there. Hmmmm…. there is a lesson to be learned here! Thanks for the advice. I will definitely look for winter activities to join in! πŸ™‚

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