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It's beginning to feel a lot like autumn

We've had some amazingly beautiful days of late, but the mornings and evenings have that chill bite that lets you know autumn is preparing winter's way.

The maples are ablaze with color: yellow, orange, red, purple-black. Ferns taller than I form a separate, russet forest beneath the lofty boughs of maritime pine, plantations of which cover the Gascogny Coast.  Pine cones and acorns fallen from golden-leafed oaks litter the ground, and pumpkin-orange mushrooms as big as my hand sprout on logs and amidst still-green grass. 


Soëlie is getting acquainted with fall, old enough at last to explore on her own. I just wish for her sake (and for mine) the air smelled more consistently of autumn's goodness--mouldering leaves, mushrooms, woodsmoke--instead of the stench of the nearby Smurfit-Kappa's paper mill.

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clarentine
Oct. 25th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Cosmos! My current absolute favorite flower. I am glad you have them there, too.

That photo of the imp smiling as she strokes the fern is adorable (as is the imp herself).
mnfaure
Oct. 26th, 2011 07:44 am (UTC)
The landlord kindly planted a bed of flowers between our house and our neighbor, so I've got to enjoy cosmos, teddy bear sunflowers, marigolds, and asters among others.

She does look like a little imp. :P
pjthompson
Oct. 25th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
What lovely colors, what a lovely girl. She really favors Julien in that top photo.
mnfaure
Oct. 26th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)
The colors are a true joy. Oh, and so is my girl. ;)

She does indeed look like her papa. :D
pjthompson
Oct. 26th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
It's also a true joy for those of us on the outside watching her grow, too.
asakiyume
Oct. 25th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful hand you have :-)

And ferns taller than you are? **love**

Soëllie's sweater seems knitted of milkweed fluff.
mnfaure
Oct. 26th, 2011 07:52 am (UTC)
Drat! I knew I would create confusion speaking of my hand. :P In that particular photo, it is my sis-in-law's hand. The mushroom I took a pic of with my hand is the same type as the ones with the clover, but I wanted to show the two types of fungus.

I don't know if I can get a shot of myself amidst the ferns, but perhaps I'll try...

I love that sweater for that very reason. :D Her great-aunt knitted it for her. :)
nipernaadiagain
Oct. 26th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Beautiful!

I would love to send such postcards (this is the postcard-nut not able to remain silent :D)
mnfaure
Oct. 26th, 2011 07:07 am (UTC)
*lol* Every time I see postcards I think of you!
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