Coping With Fall

Foggy Morning

Not much is left in the garden now.  Most of the flowers have faded and set seeds or fruits that birds are enjoying.  On the weekend we have been mulching and composting leaves.  It’s the only down side of having a lot of trees around the garden: too many leaves on the ground in autumn.  As much as I would like to think that raking leaves is a very Zen act and a good exercise, I prefer just run over them with a lawn mower grinding them and picking them up.  The ground leaves will compost faster this way and take up less space.

We often have fog on autumn mornings and frequently have very dense fog just before the sun breaks out.  But some days it was just plain foggy and cloudy all day.  Driving from home to the train station through dense fog fills me with a sense of beauty and sadness at the same time.  I actually enjoy not seeing much of anything, that is, until I encounter some senseless drivers that don’t know enough to turn their headlights on.

Below are two iPhone shots while waiting on the platform for the train to work.  The sun was peeking out from behind the tree tops amidst the dense fog.  Fog was also moving in from the far side of the train track.

The sun is peaking out behind thick fog at 8:30 am
The sun is peaking out behind thick fog at 8:30 am
About the same time at the train station, fog is creeping in on the track.
About the same time at the train station, fog is creeping in on the track.

2 thoughts on “Coping With Fall

  1. Beautiful shots of the morning atmosphere. Your words and pictures really captured the mood. I used to rake up big piles of leaves, then mow them, so I could distribute them around the borders. Now I don’t have many leaves to rake. Don’t miss the raking, just the leaf compost. Have a good day.

    1. I used to rake them too until I realized that I’ll have to grind them anyway, so now I run a mower over them to save the time and energy. The ground up leaves make a better mulch and don’t form matted layers on the ground the way unground leaves do in a compost bin.

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