I grew up in Chicago, the city of wind. It’s also a city of color. Color in personalities and color in nature. Beautiful color in the Spring with tulips, crocus, daffodils, & lilacs, cherry trees in bloom, crab apples, dogwoods, & redbuds all in bloom. Beautiful in the Summer with oak trees, roses, blue spruce pines, purple-leafed maples, soft green grass to lay in (with no fire ants), crab apple trees. Beautiful in the Winter with gently falling snow that turns into a diamond-studded blanketed wonderland. Beautiful in the Fall with bright red flame bushes, golden yellow forsythia bushes, Red maples, yellow maples, & yellow oaks so massive and dense that when you lay on that soft, green grass beneath them and look up, you can barely see anything but masses of yellow leaves so thick and wide that you forget that there’s a sky up above!
Then there are the smells of the North. Lilacs in the Spring…rich black dirt in the Summer…the smell of leaves (ahhhhhh…) in the Fall…and the smell of snow and fireplaces in the Winter! Ahhhh, I miss the North!
But I don’t live in the North anymore. So I decided that, rather than “pining” over the North and it’s beauty and smells, I would take a good look around and see what beauty Florida had to offer in this glorious season of the year. In Florida the only season that has an extended life is Summer. Springs are short and sometimes almost non-existent and Falls don’t have near enough colors in the changing leaves. Winters are missing the snow….
But I drove around anyway looking for signs of fall and found some beauty I might have missed had I not been looking for it. Sure, it didn’t hit me in the face everywhere I went like the Northern falls, but none-the-less, it was there, waiting to be found. Kinda fun this way, like a mystery that’s waiting to be found, a scavenger hunt of the seasons.
Here are the touches of a Florida Fall that I found…not too shabby!