Madam, you seem to have dropped your coat

In the pleasant orchard closes, `God bless all our gains’, say we; But `May God bless all our losses’ Better suits with our degree.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning A closeup of one tree in the fall orchard featured yesterday.

Colorful fall orchard

“A man is old when he can pass an apple orchard and not remember the stomach ache.” ~ James Russell Lowell The orchard trees are now dormant, and the few freezes we’ve had have knocked off all their leaves. However, it is warm and wet enough for the grass to grow.

Red leaves at the curb

Autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day. ~ Elizabeth Bowen These red leaves were so striking against the pavement.

Red leaves in the lot

Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay. ~ Robert Browning Nice contrast, pretty red colors. Here’s a bigger version

Colorful fall streets

“Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.” ~ Anonymous Colors down near by boy’s school. Pano below. “Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that…

Barn with Palms

“The first rule of hurricane coverage is that every broadcast must begin with palm trees bending in the wind.” ~ Carl Hiaasen The prevalence of palm trees here in the Central Valley of California still seems strange to me, especially when they sit in the middle of a field.

Who says California doesn’t get fall colors?

The groves were God’s first temples.  ~ William Cullen Bryant, “A Forest Hymn” Took this photo outside my building at work. Not quite the same as Vermont, but at least we get a little color and a chance to wear our sweaters before it gets warm again in a couple months. Of course, I enhanced…

Home by the pond

Vermont’s a place where barns come painted Red as a strong man’s heart Where stout carts and stout boys in freckles Are highest forms of art.” ~ Robert Tristram Coffin Though hampered by the overcast sky, I was still able to capture a little of the beauty of this Vermont home.

Setting sun across Vermont lawn

If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton More colorful sunset stuff.

Sun through the trees

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. ~ C. S. Lewis Fall sun in Vermont.

Trapp Family Lodge

You brought music back into the house. I had forgotten. ~ Captain Von Trapp, The Sound of Music More overcast but pretty scenery from Vermont at the Von Trapp Family Lodge (you know, Sound of Music).

Another beautiful fall road in Vermont

“The real winners are not those at the top but those who have come the farthest over the toughest roads. Your victory may never make the headlines. But you will know about it, and that’s what counts.” ~ Ernest A. Fitzgerald Photo taken from a moving car, so not so focused, but shows again the…

We are like leaves on a tree

“If you don’t know [your family’s] history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree” ~ Michael Crichton I took this in the back yard of the bride during a family wedding. Knowing your family history is really interesting, and you can trace certain family…

Autumn lake

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~ William Cullen Bryant (1794 – 1878) American romantic poet It was very overcast during my trip to Vermont, but here’s the best photo I could get of the fall colors. Hope you find it beautiful!

Roots of murder

Another tree stump which eerily looks like a human body. I take this second day to remember the victims of 9/11, and to remind us that Islam is not just another religion, it’s a violent, misogynistic, pedophilic, domineering, anti-semitic, and perverse religion that has shed blood since its inception, and one of the main enemies…

Remembering those cut down in mid life by Islamists

In the seventh century of the Christian era a wandering Arab, of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, combining the powers of transcendent genius with the preternatural energy of a fanatic and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of…

Palm fruit

This stature of yours is like a palm tree, And your breasts like its clusters. I said, “I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of its branches.” Let now your breasts be like clusters of the vine, The fragrance of your breath like apples, A nd the roof of your…

Tree eats house

The trees are God’s great alphabet:With them He writes in shining greenAcross the world His thoughts serene.~Leonora Speyer This little one-room barn is on my way to work – abandoned, and being eaten by this tree.