Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I {heart} fall

Today is one of those days that I feel like I'm going to burst because I just can't contain my love for fall. It's beautiful outside. It's in the mid-70's, the sun is shining bright, the sky is bluer than blue with not a single cloud in the sky, the trees are all showing off their brilliant colors... (I know - get off the computer and enjoy it, silly girl!) I drove past some horses today that were all facing a cluster of yellow trees with the mountains in the background. In my mind, they were enjoying the view as well.

I was in California last week and felt a little sad that I was missing a whole week of Colorado fall. Don't get me wrong, I love California, but there really isn't "fall" in Southern California. I imagined that I was leaving my crimson bushes and glowing yellow maples only to come home to stark, bare trees and a ground covered with dead brown leaves. Praise God that I was wrong!

I've been taking pictures non-stop (I suppose in my quest to stall fall as long as possible), and am posting just a sampling here. I don't claim to be a great photographer (or even a GOOD one), but this morning on my way home from Bible Study, I just thought to myself, "I'm so blessed to live here!" And then I thought, "God, you've let me live here my WHOLE LIFE!!!" I couldn't ask for more!

I've had to remind myself lately to enjoy fall and not stress out over it. My stress only comes from the fact that I feel like I'm going to miss the beauty if I don't take it all in properly. I feel like I can't open my eyes wide enough to see and appreciate it all. Fall is slipping away day by day and I'm afraid I'll miss it so much once it's gone for good. I don't mind that the colorful, crunchy leaves are replaced by beautiful snow, I just wish fall lasted longer. Maybe that's why I can appreciate it so much once it's here each year. The colors, the smells, the sights, the activities... I love it all.

These pictures are all from either my yard or my folks' yard. A lot of our leaves are bright yellow now and I haven't even taken pictures of them yet. And I feel like I need to add that I haven't altered these in any way - these colors are the real deal, folks!!!

I took these pictures on my way home from Bible Study today. You need to know that I didn't even get out of my car to take any of these. Nor did I take side roads - these are all from my regular everyday drive! I have such a simple lesson to teach my girls every day about the glory of God's creation. We live in a work of art! (And these pictures hardly do it justice!)

That's Long's Peak:

Those are the Flatirons waaaay in the distance off to the left. Imagine... a 20 minute drive and I'm next to them. That's what we're doing tomorrow: hiking around the Flatirons, per Emma's request. It took me all of a half second to say yes to her request! I can't wait.


  1. Oh my friend. Those pictures are absolutely beautiful. I really think fall is the season that reveals God's glory, don't you?

    And I've had the exact same thoughts: How can I take it all in?!? It only lasts for a few weeks!!

    Glory, glory.

  2. Beautiful photos. I LOVE fall too. It is so relaxing and beautiful. I always hate to see it end.

  3. Those photos you took are GREAT!!!! You really are a good photographer! God's glory is all around, boy it sure does make me miss Colorado when I see those mountains! We have beautiful falls here, though, too, thankfully, and I feel like you do, sometimes I just want to breathe it all in and not breathe it's so glorious! I hope you had fun in the Flatirons, I wish I was there to hike with you, that was so fun last time!

  4. Beautiful pictures! When it's cold and snowing in a few weeks (hehe) I will revisit them remembering the smell, sights and feel of fall! We are truly blessed to daily partake God's colorful canvas! Thanks for sharing your talent with me tonight

  5. We don't have fall in FL, either. Well, we do, in the form of cooler temps and actual low humidity, but we don't get fall colors.

    When I lived in places that DID get fall colors, I felt the same as you described. I messed up so much of my enjoyment of it, because I actually felt anxious that I was not taking it all in "well" enough! Isn't that silly?! So I hope this year you got to just sit back and enjoy the colors, before they ended.


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