The autumn colours seem particularly intense this year at Glen Villa, my garden in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Leaves started to turn earlier than usual and the height of the season has almost come and gone. But what a season it has been!
It started early, when a small horse chestnut tree (Aesculus pavia) began to turn.
It continued as the sourgum trees (Nyssa sylvatica) nearby began to change colour. First one tree caught fire …
… then another.
Everywhere colour lights up the shade. On the driveway down to the lake…
… near the house, where the stephanandra (Stephanandra incisa crispa) tumbles alongside the steps …
… in the Lower Garden where a magnolia is sun-shining its heart out …
… and beside a stone wall, where the leaves of a fothergilla outdo the colours of a motley fool.
The colours at the Skating Pond are past their peak but are still worth paying attention to.
Along Timelines, the trail that explores ideas about history, memory and our relationship to the world around us, Abenaki Walkers at The Clearing of the Land move proudly into the woods.
The corrugated tin columns that form part of The Past Looms Large stride across a misty autumnal field.
The temple façade stands out against a background of orange, red, yellow and green.
And everywhere, fallen leaves are scuff-able, offering carefree moments that bring out the child in me.
Autumn can be a sad season but on a clear day when the sky is blue and the air crisp, I don’t feel sad, I feel energized. What does autumn bring to your part of the world? How does it make you feel?