Sunday, November 1, 2015

God's Paintbrush... Autumn in New England

Fall has always been my favorite season.  I love the changing colors of the leaves.  I love the crisp air.  Fall allows me to be outside and enjoy the sunshine without the irritation of the extreme heat of summer or the freezing cold of winter.

The red leaves on this giant tree were gorgeous!

Each day we were treated to new visual treasures.  

The Red, Gold, Yellow and Green leaves were like jewelry to the landscape.

I am sure George got tired of me saying... "Stop there is a perfect tree and I need a picture!

I have looked forward to spending fall in New England for months.   For some reason it had not crossed my mind that our travels would allow me to enjoy Autumn weather for several months.  We left Indiana and moved through Ohio.  We were in New York state by September; and we were already enjoying cool temperatures.
We did not expect significant tree color change until we reach Maine.  However, when we reached Acadia National Park in Maine we found out the state had “enjoyed” an especially warm summer and the temperature was just starting to cool down enough for the leaves to start changing color.  Although Maine was beautiful, the trees were primarily green with touches of red and gold.  
We drove through tree canopies covering the road. I love driving through these areas; it feels like there is a treasure at the end of the road just waiting for us to uncover.

We enjoyed some changing color in Maine—but knew the leaves would not fully change colors for almost 3 weeks.  Although traveling allows us to have some flexibility in our schedules; we had to keep moving.   People had been warning us about the winter that could come on with very little notice.  Having a warm, late summer does not mean the winter will delay.

We stayed in a campground in Accord, New York.  The mornings were cool and crisp. I loved seeing the reflection of trees and a church across the pond glisten on the water.

We traveled through Maine to New Hampshire and then through Massachusetts. 
We spent almost 3 weeks in Gettysburg, PA.  It was beautiful.  The Autumn leaves were at their prime when we were moving through Pennsylvania.  

Fall in Pennsylvania is apple harvest season.  There are hundreds of apple varieties.  We primarily saw yellow, gala and Red.  The trees were loaded with fruit.  We have never seen apple trees like these—loaded to the point of spilling onto the ground.
I have seen beautiful Fall colors before—but nothing like the views that we were able to “feast our eyes on”. 

The rich colors blanketed the hills.  It was like landscape jewelry.  God was providing these stunning views for our pleasure—and I did not want to miss one leaf.
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