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

I Will Follow You Anywhere

Preparing for our next trip here in a couple days, I think back to the places that I’ve been able to travel- Nova Scotia, California, Boston, New York , Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and many more places that I’ve been able to visit explore, and yes, take a few pictures.

Though I’ve seen such a small slice of this planet, I feel truly lucky to have been able to do so. Still, that does not seem to quench my desire to explore even further. I long to see Europe, Asia and special places that are at the top of my list like Iceland and New Zealand. I want to take my new found confidence with the camera and revisit places that are special to me such as Nova Scotia.

I have always believed that there is merit in seeing your existing surroundings with “new eyes”. I love the fact that I have lived in this area for 30+ years and I am still finding new, wonderful and beautiful out f the way places to explore. Yet there is a hunger in some people to wander beyond their familiar surroundings. As Sam Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings said, “If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been”. There is a rush of adrenalin for me when I cross into new territory. It is filled with the excitement of adventure. There are always new places to see.

Wooden walkway through the trees in Brown County State Park