This is a powerful time of the year. Transition from summer to fall – light to dark – external to internal. The feast days – Halloween, Ognisanti (all saint’s day) and Day of the Dead remind us of this shift and help contextualize the changes that are to come. With the finish of the harvest, these days help remind me to be grateful for the exuberance of summer and the grace of the plants that nourish us.

It has been the most magnificent growing season I’ve experienced here. I’ve never seen such a profusion of flowers, vegetables and fruit at our home or in the landscape. I was especially reminded of this yesterday as I was walking amongst the crab apples yesterday – their electric colors amped up by the grey skies. I then had the added surprise to find the combination of milkweed seed feathers draped throughout some crab apple fruit – creating a hybrid look that I found whimsical and haunting.


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