"We are all beautiful even as we are all part of the problem, and to be a part of the problem is to be human." -- Anthony Doerr, "Cloud Cuckoo Land"

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Walk in October

     It's early fall here in the Northeast when, as the poem by Helen Hunt Jackson begins:

     The golden rod is yellow
     The corn is turning brown
     The trees in apple orchards
     With fruit are bending down.

     Helen Hunt Jackson (1830 - 1885) was born in Amherst, Mass. She wrote poetry and several novels, and became an activist for Native Americans. Her most famous work was Ramona, a melodrama about an orphan who was half white, half Indian, and her full-blooded husband and their struggles to develop land of their own in California.

     I do not live on a farm, and have no apple trees. But for some reason Jackson's poem always comes to mind when the leaves start to turn, as they were just beginning to do yesterday as I took a walk down the road . . .

     They say the colors aren't going to be so great this year because of all the dry weather, but it looks like they're starting to come out.

     Here's where the path opened onto a field.

      I think this is poison ivy.

      Around the bend was a pond.

      And then, I don't know. A haunted house?

     When I got home I wondered if I should pick the last of my tomatoes,

      and saw that B had started to prepare for the fall holidays.

     Look at this . . . she found apples somewhere and baked a pie!


DJan said...

Definitely fall in your part of the woods, Tom. I think I'll look up that book and read it, since I haven't before. :-)

Rosaria Williams said...

Apple pie and fall, what a lovely combination. Enjoy.

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Anonymous said...

I have some apples in the refridgerator and need to make something. Maybe tomorrow?

stephen Hayes said...

Yum! I can't remember the last time I had fresh homemade apple pie.

#1Nana said...

Our trees are just starting to turn, although we've had our first frost. Our cucumber plants took a hit in the cold, but are still growing and producing...and nothing seems to kill those damn tomatoes. i am sick of tomatoes!

Anonymous said...

I like apple pie, too.

Olga said...

Nothing says fall to me more than the smell of an apple pie baking. Yum!

Sally Wessely said...

You hooked me with the Helen Hunt Jackson poem. Colorado Springs, my home town, became her adopted home. I bought a book of her essays and poems a few years ago and was enthralled with her writing all over again. She was an amazing woman in many ways.

Don't you just love these October days?

The apple pie looks wonderful. To me it speaks of all the creature comforts that one turns to when the autumn days turn a bit cool. Enjoy every bite.

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Karen D. Austin said...

Thank you for the photos. I'm in south central Kansas, and we don't have as much fall color (or as many trees) here. And I haven't made a pie in years. Eep. Maybe I'll do that this weekend!

Wisewebwoman said...

Thanks for taking us on your walk, it was lovely.


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