Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.  Stanley Horowitz

The beauty of fall is in the air. The air is crisp and fresh, and smells and sounds are magnificent.  The mornings in New Jersey start out cool, but as you go through the day, temperatures rise into the 70s and 80s. The autumn sunshine warms both our bones and our souls.

The sky is so clear in the fall.  It’s as if there is so much clarity that Mother Nature is telling you to see what you need to see before winter rears its ugly head. Pay attention to the sun.  Have you ever noticed the glare of the sun while you are driving in the fall months? The sun is asking you to pay attention to her and to come outside and enjoy it while you can.

The colors of fall touch our emotions. Yellow evokes joyfulness, orange arouses feelings of playful happiness, red reminds us of the cycle of life, and brown conjures feelings of the security of solid earth beneath our feet.

At the height of fall, in October, our thoughts turn to pumpkins, squashes, and gourds. We start thinking about Halloween and costumes. Make the most of the season. Halloween can feel like the peak of fall. After Halloween the weather really starts to turn and jackets become necessary. One of the things I most enjoy is gathering with friends and family around an outdoor fire pit. It’s a beautiful way to connect to the earth and to feel close to the people who share your life.

Fall is a season that goes from warm sunny days to the crisp, invigorating days of winter. In late September, the trees are still full of blossoms. Then the leaves start to turn different beautiful colors and shed their leaves.  October is a display of pure joy when it comes to trees.  This is a month of true change.  After that, it turns into a season of delicate bare branches forming lacy patterns against the sky.

Colors are so important to us. Gardens are a perfect example of how colors can inspire.  Colors make you feel and therefore fall makes you feel so many emotions.

Fall is a season when people start to look inward. As life teaches, we must look forward, we must know we can’t rest just yet; the cycle of life keeps spinning. It is the season of the harvest.  But as melancholy as this seems, fall does offer so much beauty in the outside world.

And in the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “Everyone must take the time to sit and watch the leaves turn.”

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