We said goodbye to summer last week, and I am officially in mourning. I will try to wear my sandals as long as possible to deny the new season. Still, I do love autumn when Toronto and Ontario become ablaze with colour. We are so fortunate to live in this area; because, it apparently ranks as one of the ten best places in the world see the largest spectrum of autumn colours. That’s thanks to the diversity of trees here. Maples, basswood, oaks, ash, walnut, willows, etc.
I really learned how lucky we Central and Eastern Canadians are in autumn when I drove across the country on my move to Vancouver from Toronto many years ago. In the Rocky Mountains, we were greeted with swaths of gold against clear blue skies. Aspens. Aspens everywhere. It was beautiful; it was dramatic; it was not what I was used to. I don’t find the single colour autumn landscape as breathtaking as the mix of reds, golds, ambers, burnt oranges, and browns. On the Pacific coast, there was some colour, but the trees are mostly conifers. So dark green against overcast skies. A very moody kind of beauty.
As much as I hate to see summer go, our autumn colours make for spectacular viewing. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. (OK, who am I kidding? A white sandy beach against a turquoise sea year-round is another story.)
Speaking of colour: check out a favourite site http://www.cobistyle.com/ I love Cobi’s writing, style and the colours she uses.
Should I still be wearing my sandals now that it’s autumn?