October Treat

Posted: 22 October 2008 in Charlottesville, joy, observations, the fantastic

I would have captured a picture for you today.  I sat in one of the tucked away gardens on Jefferson’s campus.  Shoulder high walls curving in a gentle S, perfectly trimmed grass cut short as moss, low fruit trees newly bare on the heels of several tight, cold days.  It helped that the sole bench was painted white and had a high back with wooden arms.  A pair of squirrels chased over the impeccably raked paths (who has time to rake paths in a budget crunch?) and the tiny chapel was easily in sight through the bare branches.  I was reading a book (that’s me) and the bells in the chapel chimed the hour (too perfect?).  Actually, a picture wouldn’t have done it justice.  It was the stillest I’ve been in over a week.  No, a picture couldn’t have done it. 

We spent part of the weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains, watching the leaves change before our eyes.  That provided enough fall eye candy for weeks.  So here you go.  No, it isn’t one of the private gardens, but I think you’ll agree, it’s almost as good.

  1. rye says:

    Gorgeous! The leaves here are barely beginning to change, and it’s getting cold at night. I’m worried that one day soon I’ll wake up and they will all be dead on the ground. Why does my favorite season always get short changed?

  2. backlist says:

    Maybe it seems to go quickly because we like it so much!

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