Sunday, October 23, 2011

Autumn 100%

It's one of those perfect autumn days here on Lake Chautauqua in western New York.

After two weeks of gray skies and wild winds, sun!

The leaves are just past peak, with more on the ground than on the branches.

Get out the rakes.

Squirrels and chipmunks are busy.

Time to get serious about storing those nuts.

Have to stop for lunch, right?

Love the shagbark hickories . . .

and the geraniums still blooming . . .

And when I come inside
it may not be possible
to write something chilly or harsh
because all the day's bounty
will fill up the room.

If I have a sad or wicked scene to write
it will have to wait
for a gloomier day.

You know?


  1. I know completely how you feel about not being able to write about negative things when the glories of the day prevail! The weather here, in contrast, has been rather gloomy. I'll work on a nonfiction project instead.

  2. Gorgeous pictures of what sounds like a perfect fall day. We enjoyed a nice day here as well in KY.

  3. Got it! We had the same fab weather today.

    (Now I'm reading Ruby Holler). It's going to take me awhile to get through all your books.

  4. Lake Chautauqua? How close to Rochester?
    Is it west of the 'BIG B' Buf-a-lo? I went to Fisher in Rochester. For some reason always thought it was in the Finger Lakes area. I guess I know now.

  5. Such days are on my list of favorite things, as well as: adorable brown squirrels sporting mohawks; and trees that look like they will come to life at any moment

    Lori: Isn't Ruby Holler wonderful?

  6. Dear Mrs. Creech, I got a book of yours out of the library, and read it (and liked it). Thank you.
    Regards, Mike (of Mike and Ann).

    P.s. Corona Castle.