When I moved to Virginia 30 years ago the thing that struck me first and most were the trees. I was born and raised in Illinois and I had never seen trees like this. We moved here in April when everything was in bloom. Driving down Old Keene Mill Road for the first time I couldn’t get over the sea of green as far as my eyes could see. My first impression of Virginia was a good one. However it wasn’t until autumn that I realized what a beautiful place I now called home.
There is nothing like fall in Virginia. I almost think you have to be from somewhere else to really appreciate its beauty. All of the pictures in this post were taken yesterday with my cell phone on my drive home from work. It doesn’t matter what kind of day I have I feel so lucky to have these beautiful things to look at as I drive away leaving my work day behind me.
In the book Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Anne says “'I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it? Look at these maple branches. Don't they give you a thrill–several thrills?”
What I find pretty amazing too is these leaves are about to die and fall away from their branches. They are at the end of their life and yet their beauty is at its peak. I hope I’m like that, I hope I get better and more beautiful with age and go out in a blaze of glory.
Anne is exactly right. Life would be very sad without October and there is nowhere else I would rather spend my Octobers than here.