Thursday, October 1, 2009

When the Frost is On...

The frost is on....creeping thyme, the peppers still turning red on the vine, and yes on the pumpkins. A veil of white covered the grassy field across the way creating that tell-tale fall sign that winter smirks just behind the vibrant skirt of autumn. According to the Farmers' Almanac, this area should have had ten more days before the first frost, but after an abnormally cool summer who could be surprised at an early frost?

Every frosty morning in October has a colorful leafy lining. Soon, the world around those of us fortunate enough to live where vivid seasonal changes occur will be showered in colorful leaves. I checked out a couple sites that update when to expect nature's grand show to begin. gives regional maps along with an explanation of why leaves change color. The map of the US on GORP's Fall Foliage Guide offers an approximate time when you can expect the leaves to change in your area. For northwest Ohio...sometime in mid-October, yellow, orange, russet, and red leaves reach the peak of color before cascading into a free fall to the ground.

Bring it on autumn! I'm ready for brisk walks down country roads, trees decked out in fancy fall frocks, crisp apples, grinning jack 0'lanterns, gourds, corn shocks, goblins and ghosts, hot apple cider laced with spices, succulent turkey, geese honking overhead, a harvest moon, "...O, it's then the time a feller is a-feelin' at his best...When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.*"

*From James Whitcomb Riley's poem, When the Frost is on the Punkin


  1. Hello. I am so happy fall is coming too! We don't have too many trees that change color, but we make up for it with decorating our home with lots of pumpkins.

  2. Fall is fabulous time of year with such vibrant colors. I can't resist pumpkins, gourds, corn, and the cornucopia of harvests that add color to life.

    Thanks paying me another visit.


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