Monday Smiles – 11/3/2014
Friday, Halloween night, the weather here in Socal finally took a look at the calendar and realized it was autumn. The temperature fell into the fifties and it rained, fortunately late enough not to spoil the trick-or-treating for the few kiddies that made it to our door at the end of a cul-de-sac at the top of a hill. By back East standards, our autumn here is pretty subtle and even into November there’s no guarantee that we won’t have some days where the temperature climbs into the eighties. Still, I love it. I love getting up on Saturday morning and putting on a long sleeved T-shirt to wear to the park and knowing that I should throw a windbreaker in the car for my walk. I love what my Mom used to call the snap in the air and I love that we get cornflower blue skies and the kind of cottony clouds that I remember from my childhood in Connecticut, full of creatures to be found by imaginative children. I’ve been watching the fall foliage in the photos from my friends on Facebook, and although my brother, Glenn, reminds me whenever I comment of the work needed to rake them once they fall, I’m still jealous.
More of the trees are evergreen here, pretending it’s summer through the depths of our winter, when the temperature plunges into the forties. Even the deciduous trees are more bashful, less inclined to make a show of themselves. The sycamore leaves turn briefly tan then a dull brown while the birch and aspens can’t bring themselves to display anything more exciting than yellow. Others of our trees are merciless procrastinators, giving us only a taste of color now before turning crimson after winter arrives. It takes a sharp eye to capture the beauty of autumn in early November here but I’ve always had one of those. And fortunately, I usually have my camera along. So, welcome to Socal Autumn (Click on any image to see a larger slideshow).
So, it’s Monday. Autumn is here. I’m smiling.