It’s no secret that fall is one of my favorite seasons. To me there’s nothing better than those perfect sunny, warm fall days where the wind is tinged with the chill of winter, the sun’s golden rays shine down and the leaves are awash in shades of red, orange, and gold. What better way to enjoy those beautiful leaves than a ride through the country side? It may be a tourist thing to do, but as a native Vermonter, there’s nothing I love more than a scenic leaf peeping outing.
Leaf peeping gives you time to think, it gives you time to enjoy the simple things: looking at some of the most astounding views nature has to offer, enjoying the beauty and transient nature of life, and viewing the picturesque views of modern human life intertwining with the old, and nature. While enjoying the autumn vistas I let my mind wander. Free from the stresses of everyday life my mind wanders to ponder life and nature.
All roads lead somewhere interesting.
From small dirt roads to major highways. They all go some place that is worth seeing. No matter which way you go you will see something new, different, and interesting. Each place has it’s own charm, it’s own reason for being. As in life, you may not always choose the way you go, but each way has it’s own purpose and unique stops along the way.
…But not all roads lead home.
Sometimes you just can’t get there from here. When that happens you end up backtracking, so you can take the roads that do lead home. Going new places and having new adventures is great, but eventually you will need to go back home. Each road may lead somewhere you want to go, but t hat doesn’t mean it’s your home, it doesn’t mean you will stay there forever. A visit may be all you need before your heart turns to home. Don’t be afraid to retrace your steps, sometimes to go forward you need to go back. To get home you must be willing to follow the paths that go there.
Beauty comes when you least expect it.
You may think that a trip along a major highway wouldn’t yield beautiful sights. You’d be wrong. The mundane, the well worth roads you drive everyday still have beautiful surprises that await you. That tree which on every other day looks ordinary and nothing special, now, in the middle of autumn is a blaze with red-gold hues glinting in the sun. Look for the beauty in everyday sights and you will find it.
Change is inevitable, and beautiful.
Fall will happen year after year. The deciduous trees will eventually lose their leaves and stand as stark monuments ot he passing of time and the onset of winter. However, before they do they share one last show of beauty to the world as their leaves turn gold, red, orange and brown. Life happens, life changes, and it’s through change that beauty is revealed. Change isn’t avoidable, but how it is approached is. Do you look forward to fall and the changes it brings? Or do you dread it, and hope for all to remain summer forever? The cycle of summer to winter is necessary for life to continue on in temperate areas. The dropping leaves fertilize the soil, which in turn brings about new life; new plants, new trees that will grow strong in the rich soil fertilized by those that have gone before.
Autumn is a season of change. It’s the inevitable end of summer and transition to winter. It’s a time of beauty and endings. Enjoying the fall foliage by leaf peeping is the perfect way to connect with the season, and learn how to adapt to change in your own life.