After The Rain, We Forget

Often we think of autumn as a time with blazing leaves and crisp blue skies. On this autumn morning in Brown County State Park, it was a little different. The colors were softer and most leaves hadn’t quite taken on their color yet. Rain was moving through and the clouds were low. Just as much autumn as those bright crisp days and possibly a bit more frequent- the weather here today reminded of my rainy morning in the park a few weeks back.

 

 

Ogle Lake on a rainy autumn morning in Brown County State Park

 

The Last Smiles of the Year Upon The Tawny Leaves

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness–that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.”

-Jane Austen – Persuasion

 

For my best friend, who could not share the walk with me, yet was near to me all the way…

 

The pathway around Strahl Lake in Brown County State Park

An Easy Place

I’m sharing a shot of the porch at a cabin we rented in Brown County Indiana. Brown County contains one of Indiana’s finest state parks and is known well for the fall colors in this heavily wooded area of Indiana. Nothing beats a walk in the woods this time of year. Coming back to a scene like this is even better.

 

Front porch of a log cabin in Brown County Indiana

The Tender Path

Brown County Indiana – Autumn 2011

When I ventured down to Brown County this past fall I only had one day to get down there, so I would have to take what I could get as far as color. It was October 15 and just about 2-3 weeks shy of peak color down there. It was hit and miss. There was still a lot of green in the woods, but there were certainly little oases of color here and there. The light was just right along this path here.

 

Path in Brown County woods during autumn color season