One thing in life that you can usually rely on to surprise you, sometimes even shock you, is the weather.
Last year (2012) summer in the Pacific Northwest was gray and dreary, but our autumn weather was lovely. I remember it well. In October I was walking several times a week on the Discovery Trail. I didn’t need an umbrella and I seldom wore a jacket. In the middle of October the vine maples were still as colorful as a child’s coloring book. Large leaves were just beginning to descend from branch to ground. I photographed wild flowers and roses still in bloom. By the end of October the mushrooms were just starting to appear in patches at the edge of Bagley Creek. And occasionally a morning fog chilled the air.
In contrast, this year the summer was lovely. I try to capture the memory of those days to help sustain me now that I know that summer is gone. For some unknown reason summer left us in a hurry, hasty to shine its warmth on some other patch of the world. In the Pacific Northwest this year our autumn weather has been dreadful. Well maybe dreadful is a bit strong, but there have certainly been a lot of very wet days since the first day of fall. Several mornings I have awaken to the rhythmic drumming of the rain on our skylight, not a simple pitter-patter but a turbulent composition that said wake up and check the drains and close the windows. The leaves have been blasted to the ground and the rain and winds have already swept them aside.
It should come as no surprise therefore, that I expected Sunday, October 6, 2013, to be more of the same. But it was as if the weather had decided to surprise us all. A wet and threatening fog greeted us in the morning, but as the day progressed the sun cleared the fog away. Although it wasn’t a warm day it was a comfortable day. The temperatures have dropped and our mornings are cooler now; but on Sunday Avon got to celebrate his 90th birthday with good friends, family and lots of sunshine.
Written for Soup Night and Three Word Wednesday.
The three words from Thom were: hasty; sustain and dreadful.
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