It Says “Fall” To Me

In the part of the world where I live, the seasons don’t always start and end according to the calendar.  Summer starts before Memorial Day and  lasts well past Labor Day. So how do we really know what season it is?

Here are some of the things that tell me Fall is arriving:

The cultivated Asters bloom.  They’re the end of my perennials.

That daily text I get from the radio station usually includes the word “rain”,

we’ll have the occasional “one-dog-night”,


and my Beasts take steps to insure their winter food supply.

(And start arranging their bedding just so.)

I get the urge to buy (and wear) soft, fuzzy things …

… and fuzzy things show up in my yard.

Scattered whispy and puffy clouds are replaced by massive flat-bottomed ones.

(Yes, I DO see a cat guarding its food dish in those clouds!)


We have the traditional changes in the foliage, but the light across the landscape also changes. (Maybe because of those flat-bottomed clouds?)  Distant buildings glow.

Summer plants succumb to frost and the mums are available to the stray bees

… surely Fall is arriving.


Time to pull out the trash can and cook some turkey!

(Bet you didn’t see that one coming!)


Naw.  It’s not an alien.  It’s just a funky leaf! :~D

Faces of Fall

While hiking on the mountain one fall day, I kept noticing how many faces were formed in the beautiful, colorful leaves.  So many reminded me of the faces crafters put on ghosts and pumpkins — all sorts of Fall decor.  So I’ve developed a theory (that I suspect will never be proved or disproved).  I think that people long ago got their inspiration for fall faces from their natural surroundings.

I submit to you my evidence:

Here’s a classic ghostly face.

Could this sort of thing have been the inspiration for the concept of “stick a needle in my eye”?  (I don’t know how this leaf can look so jolly under the circumstances!)

Some faces are friendlier than others.  (They look better full screen.  Click to enlarge)

Whoa!  Hey!  Is this leaf OLD ENOUGH to be smoking?

There are leaves which sport multiple faces.  My favorite face on this one is the side that’s trying to eat the green leaf!

I also like The Elephant.

Check out the sweet-faced cutie on the bottom left!  She got formed by a leaf and its shadow!  (I like this one better enlarged, too.)

The Bear Came Over The Mountain! (Sometimes it’s a whole tree, not only one leaf.) Oh, my!  Now it’s looking more like a beaver head.

I have nothing to say. I just like this picture

There’s a wolf  howling in the center of this collage!

Moss squirrel head. (Moss is just densely-packed really short skinny leaves, right?) :~D

Do you see the faces?

Now?  Do you see them now?

What about now?


Well, what about the turtle?

So … there you have it.  Anything remind you of crafty faces in the 21st century?  They’re just about everywhere out there in my world!