Thursday, October 2, 2008

View From My Window Today

We are THAT family posted today about fall in Texas and how we revel in it even though it is still warm enough to wear shorts well into November most years. It may still be warm but it isn't so hot that you can't breathe like late July and August. That post got me to thinking about how different fall is depending on where you live.

The last two years we didn't have fall. We were in Jakarta which is tropical. There was only wet season and dry season. No fall, ever. Although I have to say about twice a year the tree in my yard would abruptly lose all it's leaves in one day. When you looked out the window you could see leaves raining down each time the wind blew. If you are me you could turn down the A/C, put on a sweater, make some hot tea, and pretend it was fall for a little while. Of course the second you open the door you realized it was 90+ degrees like every other day of the year.

This year we are in Germany which is colder than anyplace I have ever lived. My husband is finding my reaction to the cold quite amusing. Don't worry I am not going to whine some more about the cold, not today anyway. There is an upside to the cold weather, the leaves have all turned the most amazing color. This is the first time I have really experienced trees changing colors. Sure we made a trip every year to Lost Maples State Park to see the colors and it was lovely. The trees really do change color even though they are in Texas and the hill country landscape is always beautiful. I have great memories of making that trip each year and when I look back at the pictures I can see the kids and our family growing year by year. I wouldn't trade those times for anything. This year however, everywhere I look I see a kaleidoscope of colors. Look at these pictures I took out my living room window this morning.


The pictures don't really do the colors justice. The colors, especially the yellows just seem to glow. I love it. There is one more thing about fall in Germany that is fun. NUTS. Lots of nuts. The boys have collected buckets of nuts. Hazelnuts, walnuts and chestnuts. they are having a blast and I can't wait to use some of those nuts in a batch of walnut chocolate chip cookies. Now if I could just get the kids to wash and shell the nuts too.

8 comments:

Jae said...

Beautiful!!! That is something I do so miss here in San Anton. FALL. A real Fall. Though we are going into the 60s at night now, but we're still back to 90+ during the day!

Enjoy the lovely weather - and bundle up! :)

Crayl said...

Simply beautiful! What a drastic change for you! Enjoy.

Valarie said...

The pictures are gorgeous! I love the leaves when they change colors. Its an amazing thing to look at.

We are THAT Family said...

Amazing. I love those vibrant colors. One day, I'll live in a place w/ 4 seasons, maybe! Enjoy it!

Jerralea said...

Your pictures are gorgeous! Enjoy picking, cracking and eating all those beautiful nuts.

P.S. He loves you... said...

just wonderfull love love love fall colors!

Tammy said...

Wow, those photos are SO beautiful!
We certainly don't get to see fall colors like that in Alabama!

Deanna said...

Wonderful pictures! I love the trees changing. The first time I really experienced that was when we moved to Indianapolis from California. We lived in Indy for a while,then it was off to Florida where the trees that turn do so around December! lol Enjoying your blog! Hope you're having a wonderful day!