A lot of people look at fall as a season of dying. Summer with its sunny days and warmth has ended. All the autumn leaves are dying and falling off of the trees and littering up the lawns. Days are getting shorter and darker. But actually fall is a season of RENEWAL. Sure the leaves are falling, but the trees aren’t dying. They’re taking a nap to store of the energy needed for a spring revival. And all those leaves littering up the lawns … with the help of the rain and the snow, they’re going decompose and renew the soil with nutrients and humus to feed the trees and plants come spring.
So all those leaves cluttering up the lawn …
Are just signs of RENEWAL!
Then last night’s rain storm not only send baseball players and fans running for cover … it also covered the lawn with a new layer of multi-hued leaves. This morning I found the yard completely covered with leaves. Recalling the days of my youth and the fragrant smell of leaves burning in tall bonfires, I almost considered raking the leaves up. Then I remembered that it was against the law to have leaf burning bonfires. No, I’d have to run the power-mower over the lawn and catch the chomped up leaves in the mower bag to dump on the compost piles. Drat, they really take all of the romance out of maintaining a lawn these days! But since the lawn and leaves where too wet to pick up with the mower, I put the lawn cleanup job off to a sunnier day. Instead I picked one of the bright red leaves off the lawn, and went inside to relive those wonderful memories of yesteryear with a bit of creative photography.
MEMORIES OF FALLEN FALLS
Saturday I spent most of the day picking up leaves on the lawn and mulching them as filler to add to the compost pile. When I was finished I looked up to check how many leaves were still clinging to their branches.
Not many in my trees (upper left corner) … but when I looked at the trees on the other side of the right of way I heard a strange Mwu-ha-ha- ha. Though it could have come from the jet liner passing overhead just as I snapped the photo.
This morning there were a sizable amount of leaves littering the lawn. I tried to teach Mlle. Renee how to fetch leaves and carry them back to the compost pile by bribing her with liver snaps. Once I gave her the liver snap, she turned away and I heard that strange Mwu-ha-ha-ha again.