October: A Month of Change

In the Northern Hemisphere, October is one of those months of dramatic change. Summer is quickly fading to memory and the weather has become unpredictable – sunny and gloriously warm one day, followed by days of chilling rain.  In fact we may see snow flurries over the next day or two.

October is the month when Nature throws one last party of celebration by dressing up in brilliant colours of gold, orange, and red before she retires for the winter to rest.

Is everyone tired of yet more photos of autumnal colour?  I hope not … this is simply the best party Nature throws all year.

The evidence of an unnaturally dry summer can be found in the roadside fire hazard signs while driving down country roads.  In spite of the amble rain we’ve had over the past month, the hazard was still notched at “Moderate” on all the signs I found north of Toronto.

For much of the summer, fire bans were in place throughout many parts of the province, but on this rainy October day, everything was soggy.

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While Nature has been busy tossing change around getting ready for her long nap, I have change on the horizon too.  After 5 years of retirement, I just accepted a part-time consulting job for the next 6 months.  Time will tell whether I made a monumental mistake or not.

If I wasn’t busy before, I’m going to be.

Changing Seasons is a monthly photo feature hosted by Cardinal Guzman.

 

 

 

 

101 comments

  1. Thank you for the autumn colours. October has been doing much the same to us but slightly crueller in that just when we think summer is finally on its way, Mother Nature chucks in a day so cold it snows in the hills. Or rain. More rain. Much rain. So over rain.

    Ooh. Exciting about the job. Hope it goes well.

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    • After such a dry summer, I’m still not at the stage where I’m complaining about rainy days.
      …. not to mention the fact that rain doesn’t need to be shoveled.

      So far the job is interesting and keeping me on my toes 🙂

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  2. Hi Joanne, a reader from England here. Arrived at your blog via another one and glad I did. I’m very much a novice blogger so trying to pick up tips by reading as many blogs as I can. Hate to say it but the quality of blogs from US and Canada seems higher than in the U.K.
    Looking forward to your future posts.
    John

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  3. There can never be too many beautiful fall colored tree pictures, especially seeing as we are missing Autumn in Chicago ~ it is such a gorgeous time of year. Crisp and bright. I love the photo of the steps in the forest, it reminds me of walks we used to take when we lived in Chicago and went to the nature reserve with our dogs nearby.

    I am amazed at the fresh water beach… IS that beach a lake beach? When we lived in Nicaragua, we enjoyed the very huge fresh water lake, Lake Nicaragua or Cocibolca, which actually is reported to have sharks in it.

    Stay warm!

    Peta

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    • Wasaga Beach is on Georgian Bay – a very large body of water off of the Great Lakes … Lake Huron to be exact. It’s 14 km long (almost 9 miles). In the summer time, it becomes party central.

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  4. I am definitely not tired of seeing photos of fall colors as it seems that I’ve barely had a chance to see them this year. Then again, we are further south that you all are.
    Your photos are lovely!
    Congrats on the consulting job!!

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  5. Congrats on the new part time job. It will keep you out of trouble!

    I never tire of fall colors and the smell of those beautiful leaves. We’ve had a wonderful fall, plenty of warmer than normal days. Even the last two, although the highs were only in the low 50’s, were so nice that they inspired me to keep walking at lunchtime.

    Wednesday will be a different story. Cold and rainy. The weatherman even said the “S” word. Ugh.

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  6. Love your Autumn photos Joanne. Most of our native trees are evergreens, so our autumns are not quite as colourful, relying only on the exotics planted by settlers. Good luck with your new assignment.

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  7. Who can ever have too many photos of autumn? Not me! Very foggy here today though so not much of anything to be seen. Good luck with the job, I don’t think I will ever go back to work – too busy enjoying my retirement 😀 😀

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    • I know I’m needing more intellectual stimulation than I’m getting. I was starting to look at going back to school for a new undergrad, but this opportunity came along and I decided to grab it.
      If I don’t enjoy the next 6 months, I’ll know not to go it again 🙂

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      • it can be a bit lonely at home, but I am done with college stuff, or at least anything that requires studying for an exam! I wouldn’t mind a photography course or a garden design course or maybe even a writing course, but not many of those about around here! I went back to teaching for a term about two years after quitting and knew then that I didn’t want to do it again. Hope you will enjoy your return 🙂

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  8. You can never have too many pics of the brilliant fall colors! You’re right, it is such a crazy time of year – hot/cold/sun/rain – you never know what to expect. But that keeps it interesting. Congrats on the new job, I hope you will enjoy it.

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    • Thanks Joe. I don’t get tired on it either.
      It’s a sunny day today and I’m playing mental eenie-meanie-minie- moe … do I stay and tackle my to-do list or go outside looking for beautiful things to photograph.

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  9. I just love that photograph of the bridge and its reflection in the water. I never get tired of autumn colours, so post as many as you like, Joanne. Hope you won’t be too busy with that job to take more shots like those.

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  10. Congrats on the new job, I am sure you will love it. Nature is indeed throwing everything at us. We have still not had the rain, but this morning we have fog! I love the fire risk sign and the Township of Tiny, this for some reason made me laugh!

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    • I know!!! Me too. Couldn’t they have come up with a better name than that! … it’s not even physically tiny.
      ok – this comment made me actually go and look up the origins of the name. It’s even worse than I thought. It was named in 1822 after a pet dog of the wife of the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (now known as the province of Ontario).
      Seriously? Named after a dog *sigh*

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    • Thank you! I’ve been out of my field for a while now, so I’m more than a little nervous about getting back up to speed.
      I know that once I roll up my sleeves and get back into it, it’ll feel like I never left.

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  11. I love your description of fall as a party of colors. 🙂

    Good luck on your new adventure. Fortunately it’s only six months…and it will be over before you know it.

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  12. Wasaga Beach! We were there a few years ago and loved it! Are you close to there? Congrats on the new job…..that sounds like just the sort of thing for a long winter! Can’t wait to hear more about it!

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    • This was actually my first time to Wasaga Beach – sad, but true. It’s less than 90 minutes away. My sister lives only about 15 minutes away. I dragged her other there with me because it was on my New Things list.
      In the pouring rain on a chilly October day, we had the beach to ourselves … not even a dog walker. I could just imagine it on a hot summer’s day!

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          • Off the beaten path is right, Joanne! I don’t even know why I planned that except we had small child along and wanted to do a beach day. That trip was our longest trek up into Ontario finally ending up in Bracebridge for an aerial park that doesn’t even exist now. We started with Elora Gorge and then hit Barrie (I think for my beloved Bombay!) and Wasaga on our way… Bracebridge an ambitious 8 hours for us and son at that point didn’t travel overly well, so we just tried to hit some very different sorts of things along the way and stayed over in each place to break up the ride for him.

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  13. Your photos are great I hope we still get to see some fall colours this weekend when we go to Collingwood.
    Good luck with your consulting job. Let us know how it goes.

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    • Thanks Cathie. I was up not far from you in Creemore. I was surprised how much foliage was still on the trees. Gorgeous.
      Unfortunately we’ve had several very windy days since then, so I don’t know how much has survived.

      Glad you finally made it back safely. Sounds like that last leg of the trip was an endurance test!

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  14. It is impossible that I could ever tire of fall foliage photos 🙂 Lovely, lovely stuff! I especially love your photo of the bridge!
    Here our Smokey the Bear signs say that risk of fire is low, but then, I think less sunshine has kept us from more of the red and burgundy we usually see.
    Good luck with your consulting work, I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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    • Thanks Joey. When I saw that bridge surrounded by colour, I came to a screeching halt and quickly pulled over. Thankfully it was a quiet country road. I could never do something like that on a busy highway.

      I too love this time of year and never get tired of looking at the gorgeous colour display. It goes by much too quickly.

      I’m a little nervous and a lot excited about getting back into a job. I’m sure the next 6 months will fly by quickly.

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  15. Driving up to Ottawa last week, the colours were absolutely stunning! I never tire of the beauty this time of year, nor of your lovely posts & photos. How exciting to embark on a new little adventure. Hope you still have time to write💛

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  16. Wow, Joanne, that’s quite a change for you! I hope it works out great for you and, of course, provides a lot of blogging material 😄. Several of the retired bloggers I follow have mentioned that they were dipping their toes ever so slightly back in to the work world. I don’t really have much interest right now, but who knows.

    I love the pics of the autumn leaves – we don’t have very much of that in this area.

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    • I always thought I’d like to work on a part-time basis for defined periods of time. So much time has passed though since I retired that making the transition back into the working world will be interesting. I’ve never been very good at creating routines, so my big challenge will be ensuring I don’t allow this part time job to take over my life.

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  17. I never tire of autumn photos. I am from New Jersey, where the fall was brilliant. Down here in sunny Florida, it has its bright spots, but not like up North. Bring ’em, Joanne!

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