September 29, 2005
fall in the mountains
This is a beautiful post. Go read it.
I like the red colors that sourwood trees put out in the early fall. You can find "Sourwood Honey" for sale all over north Georgia this time of year, and I need to be dragged off and shot for never buying any. I don't know what's so special about sourwood honey, but I would like to try some, on toast or biscuits, with real butter.
A lot of people say that spring is their favorite season of the year. I disagree. I like fall the best. After sweating my ass off in the summer heat, I can enjoy sitting on my back porch and smoking a cigar in the evening while I watch migratory birds flock around my feeders.
The weather is nice, the trees are turning colors and the mosquitoes have retired for a while. It's FOOTBALL SEASON, too! Just damn! I don't like cold weather, but that nip in the air at night feels good to me right now.
I love fall.
Fall has always been such a bittersweet time for me....
As one who loves the summer, and the heat, the first signs of the changing season brings to me an overwhelming feeling of malaise....
Sure the fall colors are beautiful, as are the chrysanthemums and pumpkins...but its all so fleeting....
By Halloween (even before) we are left with bare trees, and no color...ANYWHERE. The lawns are dried up and brown, and the skies are grey, and then it only gets worse....
Cuz about late November we are (here in the northeast) on a once a week plan it seems for snow (and all the lovely things that come with it) That is to say, howling winds, sleet.....and of course power outages and roadways that resemble skating rinks...and no relief in sight till about April 1st....(and even then its not great, as we have had snow in both April and May) Bout the only thing you can say about snow in April and May is that it wont be around too long...
Yeah fall is definitelty not a harbinger of good things to come in these parts....its just a slow descent into the HELL that is "winter in New England"
Ever see The Shining? Well by about Jan 1st I have already gone thru a can or two of tennis balls and a box of typewrite paper.....
After sweating my ass off for the past few months in the coalfields of WV I'm ready for some cool, some frosty, and a little color will be nice too. I'm gettting the four wheeler tuned up and wrenching my WVU sweatshirt out of it's summer hidey hole-
I feel an over night quad trip up mash branch hollar coming on.
... Autumn is my favorite.. today is windy and wet and cool... perfect....
I, too, already have a bad case of the fall blues. Every year at this time I just wanna say "F*ck the world" and find a cave and a big fluffy bear to curl up and snooze with for the next 6 months.
Up here, fall is too foreboding. Yeah, the colors are beautiful but they only bring leaves, leaves and more leaves, and then.... [shudder]
Totally agree...Fall is the best time of the year. Havest is finishing up...hunting season is upon you...and the colors of nature...you can't beat it...you just can't beat it.
I am GREEN with envy. I bet it is stunning during the fall where you are. I miss the change of the seasons so damn bad! I miss the crisp smell in the air and all the pretty colors. We used to go down to Yates Cider mill and get fresh fried donuts and cider.
But, RUTH, how can we forget all those Currier and Ives lithographs of winter, with the sleighbells, the smoke curling out of cute little cottages, and the community huddled over a bonfire at the pond! Are you bringing us down to REALITY? Shucks.
Ditto...autumn is definitely the best season in my books. I live in BEAUTIFUL east coast Canada where we have amazing fall foilage; there's nothing better than a nice country drive this time of year. Once the weather gets cool enough after supper that you need a sweater after supper, that's my favourite time.
Sourwood honey is light and clear. It's really good, but it's hard to top orange blossom honey.
When I was a kid, my grandmother told me how people used to chew sourwood leaves. Not sure what the purpose is, but whenever I see a sourwood tree, I can't resist grabbing a leaf.
A beekeeper who "clears" his hives just before Sourwood season (mid July) can come up with Lavender colored honey that is so rich it crystallizes if you leave the lid off too long. When Sourwood's blooming and dense, the bees go there exclusively..if you pull the "supers" before the blooms go you can get purple honey, which leads to Blue Ribbons at the fair.
BTW, the logical extension of ALL political endeavor is fascism (more government), so don't despair, American values can only be taught, they can never be bought..and soon the ship of state will right itself and correct it's course.
Bob in the Hills
:( I miss having a real autumn. in Houston, the leaves just turn brown and fall off (if it even gets cold enough). there aren't a ton of things that I miss about Michigan, but the leaves changing colors is definitely one of them.