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Reflections of What the Colorful Autumn Season Means

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Glorious fall colored leaves

Glorious fall colored leaves

Favorite Season of the Year

My favorite season has always been Autumn, although Spring would probably be my next favorite. All times of the year have their unique beauty with some advantages to each season of the year. But in the fall season, Mother Nature pulls out her entire color palette and produces an absolute riot of colors!

Rich oranges to golden yellows to burnt umbers and shades of red arrest one's attention. One would need to be color blind not to notice the splendid saturation of pigmented colors begging for one's attention.

On one of my mother's and my vacation trips, we purposely planned to see family members in Iowa and Illinois during the fall season. In addition to visiting and seeing our relatives in person, we could also view the beautiful colored autumn leaves in that part of the country. We enjoyed a great time on both accounts.

Look at that colorful tree!

Look at that colorful tree!

Special Occasion

My dear aunt and uncle and my parents had celebrated a double wedding together in October, and it was also the month of my mother's birthday. My mother had lost my dad years earlier and never even thought of remarrying, because as she said, "No one could ever compare to your dad."

When we drove from Bettendorf, Iowa, to Peoria, Illinois, to see my cousins for one of those vacation days, they had very nicely arranged to celebrate both occasions at the same time topped off with this nicely decorated cake. Thanks again, Tom and Judi, for that thoughtful gesture as well as the lovely accompanying meal that day.

The fall colors on top of the cake nicely matched what we were getting to view outdoors by way of the vibrantly tinged leaves and flowers gracing the landscapes at that time of year.

My cousin Bill saves feathers that are shed from his parrot and created the mask pictured below. We enjoyed the visit to his home in Illinois as well!

Autumn Colors

Back in Bettendorf one day, we were taken for a drive. My uncle wished for us to see more of the spectacular autumn leaves. Our timing was perfect as they were a peak of loveliness.

Not only in their yard and garden, but everywhere we drove, the wooded areas were ablaze with vibrant colors. The days were cool and crisp, and the skies above bright and sunny. Mother Nature had pulled out all of the stops on these fine Fall days to show us some of the best she could offer.

Naturally, I was happily snapping photographs. Around each bend of the road, one scene after another seemed to beckon for attention. While my aunt and mother were happily chatting, my uncle patiently stopped the car over and over again, pausing long enough for me to get "just one more picture."

I remain grateful for that day of show-stopping scenery from Mother Nature, and the memories of that vacation spent with my aunt, uncle, and cousins still warm my heart.

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”

— Emily Brontë

Harvest Time

My uncle's garden produce was coming to a close for the year because of the cooling temperatures, and before long, their basement would be the storage site for green tomatoes picked before a freeze would damage them if left on the vine. Most would gradually ripen on the newspapers they had spread out on their basement flooring.

My uncle loves to garden. He regularly grows vegetables to supply their needs plus their grown kids when they come to visit. If the time of year is right, they can always count on returning home with garden produce. He also shares the bounty with neighbors and friends.

The apple trees in their backyard were heavily laden with fruit on the year of our visit, and we returned home with bags and boxes filled with that luscious fruit. We had so much that our first order of business was to make some homemade applesauce.

Ah yes, the fall season is bountiful in so many ways!

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End of Summer

When approaching the end of summer, a reward is cooling temperatures in our part of the world. We also have an abundance of a typical fall flower—the chrysanthemum—also known simply as mum plants.

Some well-known gardens, such as Bellingrath Gardens in Alabama, feature vast amounts of blooming mums in the fall season, as do many other similar places.

Next door to my aunt and uncle's home in Iowa is a nice mixture of those fall flowers, on view in the photo below.

My photos above come from these areas of our country.

Other Changes

In the cooling temperatures of the fall season, depending upon where one lives and just how cold it gets, fireplaces can once again be a warming enjoyment.

Getting to wear the cashmere sweaters and other seasonal fall clothing is once again enjoyed.

If one has put away the crockpot or other cooking utensils and has shunned the use of ovens in favor of outdoor grilling, the fall season gives us more reason to start spending a bit more time indoors. The cooler temperatures make one think of making warm hearty soups and perhaps making some savory stews to warm the body and soul.

Crackling fire in the fireplace

Crackling fire in the fireplace

Holiday Gatherings

This time of year, many people start looking forward to more holiday gatherings with family and friends.

The month of October brings on thoughts of the carving of pumpkins and Halloween, which is soon followed by Thanksgiving gatherings in November and Christmas festivities in December for many folks. Other celebrations are rounding out the year as well.

Pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving

Reflections of Autumn

There are many more musings about this fabulous time of year. Thinking about walking in the woods on a soft layer of just fallen leaves or watching squirrels bury their cache of acorns, or looking up in the sky at migrating birds heading south for the winter, this and more brings back thoughts of autumn.

What makes you think of autumn? Please leave comments below if you also like this time of year and have other thoughts and memories. Thanks!




This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2021:

Hi Devika,

After a long hot summer, the fall temperatures are often a much-appreciated relief. The multihued leaf colors are a delight to see. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

My uncle would pick the last of the green tomatoes before a freeze. He would place them on top of a newspaper on the basement floor. He would check them daily, and gradually they would ripen. Since he planted many tomato plants, he would have many green tomatoes at the end of the season. If too many of them would ripen, beyond what they could eat, at that point, they could be cooked and canned or frozen.

My mother and I loved eating green-fried tomatoes, but they never enjoyed eating them that way.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 26, 2021:

Hi Peggy Beautiful time of the year. I look forward to Autumn for a much cooler weather and this is one of my best times of the year. The colors are amazing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2021:

Hi Val,

Those are all great songs by Nat King Cole that you mentioned. Thanks for visiting this post and leaving a comment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 25, 2021:


This sounds like a wonderful visit to Iowa.

I loved the csje andcyou are right...decorated with Fall colors.

I have never made homade apple sauce.

I love that they bring in tomatoes to finish ripening, but how long can you keep them?

I guess one can always can them.

I'm so glad you have all these precious memories. Even the pumpkin carving.

I'm not ready to wear cashmere just yet...going to enjoy this Warm weather for a bit first.

Great article.

ValKaras on April 25, 2021:

Peggy--I like Nat King Cole's interpretation of "Autumn Leaves", and I often listen to it, along with other Cole's songs.( Even the ones with his heavy accent singing Mexican songs in Spanish).

But being a European, I first heard it as a kid in its French original, sung by Yves Montand, and called Les Feuilles Mortes -- meaning "Perished Leaves", also depicting the (somewhat melancholic) truism of our later part of life.

My other favorite songs by Cole are "Stardust", "Fascination", "Nature Boy", and "Pretend".

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2021:

Hi Jack,

There are many beautiful musical renditions of Autumn Leaves. I'll have to listen to Nat King Cole's version soon. He had such a beautiful voice! I am glad you enjoyed these photos. Thanks!

Jack on April 25, 2021:

Beautiful colorful photos. My first thought when I began reading this article was the song Autumn Leaves and then realized you included the Ferrante and Teicher piano version. To hear the lyrics, listen to the rendition by Nat King Cole. Autumn is without a doubt my favorite season of the year.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 30, 2018:

Hi Rajan,

Those Autumn colors were resplendent on our last visit up to Iowa and Illinois. It is hard to capture all of that beauty in a photo but I tried my best to take as many photos as possible. Glad you enjoyed seeing some of them.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 30, 2018:

Nature is at its colorful best in Autumn and these lovely pictures are a lovely proof. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 20, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

Autumn truly is a beautiful time of year for so many reasons. Thanks for your comment.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 20, 2018:

Lovely images of Autumn and its colours thanks Peggy.

The season when comfort food begins again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 07, 2018:

Hi C E Clark,

Autumn is such a beautiful time of year. I know that in the south most people look forward to cooler weather. Glad you enjoyed seeing those gorgeous fall colored leaves again even if just in photos.

C E Clark from North Texas on September 05, 2018:

Autumn should arrive at any moment. A little too warm for it in some places right now, but it shouldn't be much longer now. Love the beautiful photos you have in this article. Posting to FB. Tried to post to Awesome HubPages but I'm told their server is down right now. Already have this pinned on my Yellow and Orange board.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 28, 2017:

Hi Audrey,

So nice that you are getting to enjoy the beautiful fall colors. I do not think that we will get many brilliant colors this year after our extreme weather conditions in this area. Most of the leaves are simply turning brown. I guess we can blame the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 27, 2017:

Hi Peggy. I'm returning to this lovely post about Autumn. It's November 27 2017 and here in our magnificent forest the leaves are just beginning to show-off their array of colors before dropping to the ground.

Thanks once again for this hub filled with striking photos.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 10, 2017:

Hi Dolores,

Hope you enjoyed your walk in nice fall weather. Hope your fall leaves are colorful this year!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 10, 2017:

Hi Peggy - I love Fall too. The mosquitoes are gone, the high heat is over and the small of fallen leaves is just wonderful. Ready for a walk in the sun today after a week of clouds and drizzle!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2017:

Hi Robert,

I agree. There is just the aftermath of events like that that must be endured.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2017:

Hi Jackie,

"All the good things coming!" is a nice way to approach the Autumn season of year. I like the way you think.

Robert Sacchi on November 03, 2017:

Yes, with rain or snow past a certain point there is not much to do about it.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 03, 2017:

Autumn really is just sort of anticipation...for the harvest, yes, and all the good things coming! The holidays, snow, quiet times and comfort foods, just to name a few.

I love it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2017:

Hi Robert,

11 inches of rain in just a few hours is what helped to flood certain areas one time. The sustained rainfall over many days during Hurricane Harvey totaling 3 feet and more is what devastated our city recently. We can handle normal amounts of rain if it is not too much at one time. This recent event broke all kinds of records.

Robert Sacchi on November 02, 2017:

So 11" of rain is unusual Houston does get that level of rain from time to time?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2017:

Hi Robert,

I think that the national news has done a fine job of focusing attention on Houston after Hurricane Harvey. I did write a post about what 11 inches of rain did to our area some time ago. Many of the photos are the same as what occurred this time.

Robert Sacchi on October 29, 2017:

Snapshots of the area, before/after, and the future, would seem a good basis for a Hub. It seems a good way to keep attention on the area.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2017:

Hi Robert,

Hopefully that will be the case. At least the piles of household items, carpet, sheet rock, etc. are gradually being picked up by garbage companies and many subdivisions are no longer littered with all of that refuse in front of their homes.

Some of that household refuse was piled high in temporary empty lots waiting for more landfill space to become available. One of those lots was not far from where we live. It looked like a small mountain!

Robert Sacchi on October 28, 2017:

Yes, it is a sad situation. Hopefully your friend, and others, will get better fortune in the future.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 28, 2017:

Hi Robert,

It will take a long time to recover. Some businesses that either did not have flood insurance or had let it lapse will never reopen.

One friend of ours who has now had her home flooded 3 times will have to rebuild because money from the federal government for buyouts is not coming quickly enough. She had flood insurance. So if a buyout comes along in a year or two (which is the latest news she has been told), the government will have paid twice (in effect) for that same home. Monies to repair it now and then the buyout money will cost taxpayers. Crazy! Of course she loses every time because even with flood insurance she gets depreciated values of what she lost. Sad situation.

Robert Sacchi on October 27, 2017:

Hopefully the hurricane recovery is going well.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 27, 2017:

Hi Robert,

We finally have some cooler weather here which is so nice. Not much color here yet regarding leaves. Most of what is falling is brown. The recent floods due to Hurricane Harvey might have taken a toll. Nice that you are enjoying the cooler weather.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 27, 2017:

Hi Patricia,

We get some color in Houston but not nearly as beautiful as the folks who live up north. We are finally getting some cooler weather here also. It is so nice! Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

Robert Sacchi on October 25, 2017:

Yes, the autumn season is upon us again. Where I live it's a slow drift into cooler weather. That leaves, no pun intended, many days of good weather to enjoy the fall colors.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 24, 2017:

Beautiful images Peggy....I truly miss the fall seasonal change of color. We just do not get that here. We ARE having our first cool awesome it is.Hoping all is well with you and yours...Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2017:

Hi Audrey,

It sounds as though you had a lovely start to you day when you wrote this comment. To be surrounded by a forest is a blessing indeed. I still remember the woods adjacent to my parent's property when I was a child living in Wisconsin. Those Autumn colors were resplendent!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on October 21, 2017:

I began my morning admiring all the trees in our surrounding forest. The sun was just warm enough for me to bask in it's heat. As I sat on the deck sipping my morning ginger tea I sighed a "thank you" for the beauty before me.

Your hub is filled with Mother Nature's best. The photos are outstanding. Also, I love the mask made of feathers from your brother Bill's parrot.

Thank you Peggy.

Robert Sacchi on September 14, 2016:

I had one at McDonalds, I liked it. Yes, we tend to find things eventually :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2016:

Hi Robert,

I have seen ads for the pumpkin lattes. Can't say that I have ever had one but they are probably good. As to that item you need but cannot find...hopefully it is not too important! Ha!

Robert Sacchi on September 12, 2016:

They are already selling pumpkin lattes at McDonalds. Yes, it could be a case of the items in the store are there for so long it's easy to forget the date. Like that item in the house that's always around yet I can't seem to find it on the rare occassion I need it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2016:

Hi Robert,

Christmas items are often co-mingled with Halloween items in the stores these I understand. Ha!

Robert Sacchi on September 11, 2016:

Yes, I understand what you are saying about Texas weather. After Halloween I seem to be behind the power curve. I end up asking "why am I not ready for Christmas?"

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 11, 2016:

Hi Robert,

I agree with you that once fall seems that the rest of the year becomes a blur with all of the celebratory holidays worked into it. The cooler weather is particularly nice...especially here in Texas.

Robert Sacchi on September 10, 2016:

Great Fall pictures. Yes, I like the fall as well. These days the way the holidays are merged together it seems as if the season is one big holiday.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 22, 2015:

Hi Rebecca,

I agree with you in that Fall is definitely welcomed every year particularly for those of us living in hot summer climates. My cousin surely did do a great job creating that feather mask. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 21, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

Like you we will definitely look forward to the cooler temperatures in the Fall season. We finally got some rain! It has been all around us but up until yesterday it kept skirting where we live while other parts of the city were getting inundated and streets were flooding. We are glad to have it come our way finally. As to the disappearing articles, I am gradually moving some of them over to what will become my own website. That has kept me quite busy checking for copied ones. Many of them have been copied and obviously if I cannot get them removed with DMCA reports, they will stay put on HP. Quite the project!!!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 21, 2015:

Fall is my favorite season too, Peggy. I guess it's because our summers here are so hot, especially late summer, so the cool down is always so welcomed. And the colors. Love your photos and the mask is awesome.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 21, 2015:

This article makes me long even more for the beautiful leaves up north -- and the cooler temperatures. We've had a couple of cool days, Wednesday and Thursday this week, and they're completely uncharacteristic for this time of year, but we're to be back to HOT again today, in the upper 90s.

I've noted that your hubs are disappearing . . .

Sharing this great hub and gorgeous photos again. Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2014:

Hi Rebecca,

You are undoubtedly starting to enjoy some gorgeous colors in your state now for the fall season. Glad you enjoyed reading this and seeing my photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 16, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

I know what you mean about the temperatures although we had a few cool mornings with the latest cold front that came our way. We have only a few leaves beginning to turn here also and many of the trees that usually turn colors just seemed to drop them this year with little to no color changes. Too bad! Thanks for the pin + share.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 16, 2014:

Your photos are stunning, Peggy. Thanks for putting this together and sharing your love of fall. It's my favorite, too.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 15, 2014:

Came back to pin this to my 'Yellow & Orange II' board. Our leaves have barely begun to turn up here and temps are still in the mid 80s most days. Beautiful photos here. Really enjoyed this article again. Sharing with followers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 07, 2013:

Hi Aurelio,

It is the same here in Texas. I spent my early childhood in Wisconsin and the fall colors up there are nothing short of spectacular! Glad that you liked these photos and thanks for the votes. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 07, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

The colors in Autumn are truly dazzling...especially from the Mid-west where these photos were taken. Glad you liked this! :)

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 06, 2013:

We get some colored leaves here in Southern California during autumn but nowhere near the spectacles in the Midwest and Northeast. Someday, we'll take a car trip through New England to enjoy the fall foliage. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 05, 2013:

I love autumn for the color it imparts to nature. These are some dazzingly colorful photos in here. Voted up, beautiful and shared and pinned.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 30, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

You will have your own pumpkin patch later this year! :)

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 26, 2013:

Lovely HUB! I like autumn and winter best and avoid summer with all my heart and soul! Spring is a grab bag! This autumn I will have pumpkins all over my yard. The Methodist church gave me and my donkey a round bale of hay, 8 bales of straw and 25 organic pumpkins after their pumpkin patch event last year. Ray ate the hay, I composted the straw and stashed the pumpkins all around the yard covered with compost. Quite a few of them germinated and are sending hardy vines all over the yard! :D

Voted up, tweeted and awesome! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

You truly do have the most magnificent Fall colors up in the Mid-West. I loved the trip that my mother and I got to take up to Iowa and as you can tell from the photos, we surely hit the Autumn colors at their peak of beauty. Yes...I can well imagine after the long winter that you have had that you are looking forward to Spring-time temperatures. It will come! Thanks for the votes up and the share.

moonlake from America on March 28, 2013:

My favorite time use to be fall but after this long winter Spring will be my favorite. Your pictures are so nice. We have pretty color here in the fall. I love seeing the pumpkins all over. Voted up on your hub and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 22, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

The colors o