It has been a somewhat disappointing transition process in our surroundings so far this autumn season. Other than the occasional exceptions, leaves have been slowly but surely falling off the trees without a hint of how colorful and pretty that process can be on a good year. It must be the weather. Nevertheless, we have persisted in looking for the signs of significant change as we walk the C&O canal towpath during the weekends. Last weekend was a particularly drab one, with the threat of bad weather discouraging others in our group from walking with us. But the two of us did go out to check out the changing of the seasons.
Regardless of how pretty the process of autumn is in our parts, one cannot escape the feeling of change in the air. The cooler, and soon to be cold, weather forces you to contemplate the winter months that lie ahead. The changes in the landscape remind you that soon it will be time once again to batten down the hatches and power through a time of year that provides a challenge and a mood of its own. The cycle goes on.