The Appreciation Factor

All things Appreciation: Things to Appreciate and the Ways we look at, Show and Think about Appreciation.


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Best of All…. the Fall

Fahhhhhll…. Is anyone else loving how the fall foliage has remained on the trees much longer this year? I know I am. Apparently the fluctuations of warm weather and lack of frosts are the culprit – which doesn’t bode well environmentally, but, well, I’ll take it if not simply for its beauty.

As you may know, I’m a proclaimed beach girl, so summer is my go to time of the year, but fall…. well fall has always run a close second and perhaps at times takes the lead before the approach of May/June when it summer becomes the front-runner once again.

I think I enjoy fall so much because for me, fall is the time to start anew – perhaps more so than January 1st.
Likely this harkens back to my school days, which I somewhat dreaded, yet looked forward to for the fresh start they brought.  Fall was a time where you could reinvent yourself, try something new, fall in love, or just gain a new perspective. Plus, well, I’m also a fan of fall sports.

ygm-fall-quoteI also love fall for the dramatic visuals it gives us.  As someone who once lived in an area that didn’t have distinctive seasons, fall was definitely the one I missed the most. You may think that living in spring/summer all of time sounds ideal, but really, at least for me, I missed the change to crisp cool weather and the red, orange, yellow, and even the brown, foliage.  I longed for crisp cool days where I could pull on a cozy sweater and boots and explore hushed woods and leaf-strewn pathways vs. sandy beaches and sun-baked terrain.

There’s something magical and overwhelmingly peaceful about walking on nature trails in New England in the fall and stopping to hear… “nothing”… well not nothing, but possibly a slight breeze, a bubbling brook, and/or the rustling of leaves. For me, it’s like time momentarily stops and a calming sense of peace overcomes me.  I’m overtaken by the beauty of the colors, the earthy smells, and a feeling of how grateful I am to be there in that moment, appreciative of being alive, and enjoying fall in all her splendor.

 

The last two weeks I’ve been changing up my exercise routine to include more outdoor walks along many of the Trustees of the Reservations trails and local land trust parks. I’m in awe and have an appreciation of the beauty I’ve encountered. Here are just a few snaps. (Check out that one leaf pic – it was LARGER than my head!!!)

 

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What about you… what season is your favorite?  If you love fall like me, what do you appreciate about it most?

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Goodbye Lovely Summer

Alas summer has ended and fall has started today.  I’m a little sad.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of fall.  I appreciate the feeling of starting anew (sort of second new year if you will), the changing leaves, the pumpkins, Dia de los Muertos, football games, the Head of the Charles Regatta and even that soft oversized sweater.

But oh the sweet days of summer when all seems right in the world. Visions Memories of languid days spent on the beach, sunsets, tans and swimming, oh glorious swimming in the ocean. (The last I will miss the most.)

So just a quick tribute and farewell to my favorite season with a picture collage and quote.

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.”
~ Helen Hunt Jackson

Summer 2015 RecapFrom Left to Right, Top to Bottom Row by Row:
Row 1: 1. Let the games begin. Heading to MV on the boat,  2. An understated Memensha Sunset,  3. An unexpected surprise in nature uncovered during a walk,  4. SUP for 2 hours!
Row 2: 1. Dinner trying to escape,  2. Caught and enjoyed by sunset,  3. The Ag Fair flower exhibit,  4. Sunrise on vacation (Yes! One of my 101 goals accomplished!)
Row 3: 1. Beetlebung with Blanc De, Blue and the lanterns,  2. Found art on the beach,  3 & 4. Fireworks captured in August (the best time)
Row 4: 1. Waning July sunset,  2. SPOTTED! Art on the unexpected palette (Read More),  3. A last Monarch butterfly this past Sunday 9/20,  4. Ferry Goodbyes (The wake on the last trip this summer.)

 

Oh what a season you’ve been.  Thanks summer. Can’t wait to see you again next year.

 – TAF