Sunday Thoughts ~ Magnificent October

“Autumn lights one more fire in the maples.” ~ Julia Alvarez

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Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  I do hope this finds you well and enjoying the beginning of this glorious month.  The cooler days, crisper air, and not to mention the beauty, are such glorious gifts.  Yes, glorious gifts, especially during chaotic times such as we once again witnessed this past week.  Truly, it is as Joseph Campbell says, “Awe is what moves us forward.”   

That said, please know I thank you, more than you can imagine, for your visit.  And, I do hope you will find a few things today that will give you an “Awe” moment.

“It was October again… a glorious October, all red and gold, with mellow mornings when the valleys were filled with delicate mists as if the spirit of autumn had poured them in for the sun to drain ~ amethyst, pearl, silver, rose, and smoke-blue. The dews were so heavy that the fields glistened like cloth of silver and there were such heaps of rustling leaves in the hollows of many-stemmed woods to run crisply through.” ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

“My favorite color is October.” ~ Author unknown

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“Ah! the spring days, the summer dawns, and October woods!” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“October had tremendous possibility… the golden leaves promised a world full of beautiful adventures.  They made me believe in miracles.” ~ Sarah Guillory

 

This beautiful Ginkgo tree, with its branches hanging over the water, is my favorite specie of tree.  Not only because it is a gorgeous tree, especially in autumn, but because it is a hardy tree with quite a story.  “The tree is native to China and has been grown for thousands of years. Because it’s the only surviving member of an ancient order of plants, it’s sometimes referred to as a living fossil and is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. It is found in fossils dating back 270 million years.”  Truly, an extraordinary tree, with a survival history that is a ‘miracle.’

“A tangerine and russet cascade of kaleidoscopic leaves, creates a tapestry of autumn magic…” ~ Judith A. Lindberg

“In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.” ~ Elizabeth George Speare

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Early walks abound with sweet surprises.  It is a treat to spot a red squirrel busy preparing for winter days.   In West Virginia, they are usually found only in our heavily forested areas.  However, gray squirrels are found in towns and the countryside, usually robbing bird feeders.

And to come upon deer, who wish I would have taken a different route.  Their look says, “You are not welcome.”   So, I promise them I won’t stay long.

“Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.” ~ Robert H. Schuller

And returning home I find an anonymous gift (the best kind) from a sweet soul,  a basket of apples to be enjoyed.  A lovely unexpected blessing.

” Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

 

Dear friends, I pray October will be good for all of us.  It is such a magnificent month, full of marvelous weather and a feast of beauty at every turn.  So, please be sure to “take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” 

Know I wish you and yours a beautiful day.

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May October bring you many sweet surprises.  Stay well!

“October breathed poetry ~ beautiful and glowing.” ~ Terri Guillemets

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

Images:  via tumblr
Information about the Ginkgo tree from Wikipedia 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bobbi Duncan
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Oh, Sandra, what stunning images of my favorite time of year! Ginkgo trees are my joy as well w/ their flamboyant yellow color and lovely shaped leaves. Across the road from Longwood Gardens, just a half-mile from our home, stands a long row of them that I so look forward to driving past every fall….just beautiful! I invite you to come visit my Pinterest boards (at Bobbid25) titled Autumn ! & Autumn !! that I think you may enjoy. It is obvious, by the number of images I have on those boards, just how much I love fall lol! Hope… Read more »
bonnie morgan
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Magnificent October is right. The images in this post are spectacular. I did find many awe moments.
Thank you for curating such lovely images for us to enjoy. Wishing you a lovely week.

Penny Carlson
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Such beautiful pictures! The one thing I will miss about NC is the fall. But we plan on traveling to the mountains in the fall every year.

Rita C at Panoply
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Beautiful! Love the red squirrel sighting! I’ve seen a couple of black squirrels on the capitol lawn too, and had only seen those before in Niagara Falls. The boulevard is lined with gingko trees that are spectacular in October. When their leave all drop, it looks like a blanket on the ground!

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
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Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
Sandra, this is my most favorite month! You have shared so many beautiful photographs this morning, and I enjoyed going along with you on your walk. Both the deer and the squirrels have been in my bird feeders lately. We were battling raccoons doing the same. I haven’t seen those little critters on my outdoor game camera in a few weeks. One night they tried to get seed from an empty feeder, and got mad and slapped the feeder because it was empty. It was quite funny to watch. Hopefully, they decided to go somewhere else. I truly enjoyed my… Read more »
Linda, near Seattle
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This post has brought joy to my heart. The photo of the Gingko tree reminds me of a precious friend, who has a spectacular tree in her yard. A visit to her home in the autumn is a special treat. Thank you for sharing the blessings of nature.

Brenda @ It\'s A Beautiful Life
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Such a lovely post, Sandra. I especially loved seeing that enterprising squirrel with his mouthful of walnut, but every photo and every quote you selected adds up to a melody of sweet autumn song. Thank you, thank you!

Maristella
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Wonderful post!Fabulous pictures!!! I wish you a happy and blessed October!Such beauty…

Pam Richardson
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Glorious October…my favorite month! The images are stunning, the oranges, the golds, reds that all take my breath away. I have two ginkgo trees and I anxiously await their gorgeous gold color as the leaves cover the grass! Thank you for the quotes and sentiments, Sandra! Wishing you a lovely October week!

jeanie
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What a glorious selection of images and quotes. And I love that someone brought you apples. Big smiles! Seeing this wonderful world of nature on your walks is a real treat and I love that you are sharing it with us so we can savor it too.

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