Autumn is a season that divides itself cleanly into two phases. In the early weeks, the sun shines sweetly in a piercing blue sky, the leaves begin their glorious color turn, and the crisp air stirs us up with a sense of excitement at nature's ability to reinvent herself.
Then October happens. Enter phase two, with grey skies, soggy puddles, and once-beautiful leaves turning to brown mush on the wet ground. This is a much less invigorating environment.
And though fall in the Pacific Northwest has definitely crossed over into Phase Two, there are still scenes of beauty to be found. I took these photos while running errands and wandering around my front yard on a soggy October afternoon, and they bear ample evidence that autumn is truly running its course.
In other news, it's starting to snow in the mountains. Wahoo!
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