It's odd to be a resident of coastal California in the fall. Most of the native trees don't lose their leaves, so we don't get much fall color. Plus, right around the first day of school, the fog disappears and leaves us with brilliant sunny days. Beach weather. It's torture when you're growing up, to start school right when the summer weather finally arrives!
Enjoying fall, and celebrating it, becomes a more purposeful activity when there is less evidence of it around you. This year I decided to look for fall. It took some searching, but this is what I found.
The light changes. Everything seems a little more crisp and clear and the sun leaves extra sparkles on the ocean.
We get to see colorful sunsets over the ocean. (In summer the sun sets over the neighborhood.)
We visit the local pumpkin patch…
and get lost in their corn maze.
There are many varieties of delicious apples to snack on.
Strange, sparkly spiders take up residence over our front door.
I cut back my garden, and plan for next year.
As the days get shorter, I want to curl up in my cozy house and read!
If you celebrate Halloween, I hope you have a wonderful time. And if you live in a place with glorious fall color and crispy cold weather, please blow it all a wistful kiss from me. I’ll be here on the California coast, continuing to look for little bits of fall.
I would love to know what fall is like where you live? What are your favorite parts of the season?