Fall has always been my absolute favorite time of year. As the days and nights grow shorter and the sun shines her glorious luminous light, the leaves ever so slowly begin to change. This year, fall has been coming at a snail’s pace given our Indian Summer. Yet during the last few days the leaves have begun to turn into their magical tapestry of colors. Hues from pumpkin oranges, to scarlet reds and golden yellows delight the eyes. It is nature’s way of rewarding us with beauty and preparing us for the long, colorless winter ahead.

“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats”.  – Iris Murdoch

Minnesota Fall Leaves

Minnesota Fall Leaves
“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy”.  – Guillaume Apollinaire

Minnesota Fall Leaves

Minnesota Fall Leaves

“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few”.  – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Minnesota Fall LeavesMinnesota Fall Leaves“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves”. – J.M. Barrie


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  1. Yes, I remember autumn although it’s been a while since I’ve seen one! Autumn colors are gorgeous and I also love that smokey, damp autumnal smell. I especially love your first photo, Nicole!

      1. Here it’s just hot all year round with a rainy season and a dry season. It’s lush at the moment because of the rain. I love that!

  2. Fall is my favorite season, as well, Nicole. In fact, I’m going to miss the leaves changing color now that we live so close to the equator. Lovely images, my friend.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

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