Time to enjoy fall at its… falliest!

Crisp air, crunchy leaves, bright colors – now’s the time, folks, so lets enjoy it!

I am a huge fan of winter, in part because of the subtle differences one can notice each day. We are now in another time of peak change. Each day, a different palette of colors to enjoy! Each day, different trees in height of green – or starting to change – or in full fall-burst mode. (And then, after the ground is transformed as the leaves fall.) Keep your eyes open to enjoy as many different moments as you can.

Natural beauty does not come on our schedules. To catch it peaking, we need to fit our lives into its schedule. What are we doing at this time of year? We can take time out, to get air and exercise and beauty appreciation in, by walking outside.

Is the sun bright? That might be a particularly good time to go out and observe. The leaves are there throughout any kind of weather, but if we want to see the colors on display in a way that springs out, that flowers within our view, we need to be open to observing when the light is best for us.

Soon, we will be moving on into late fall. When more of our buildings are on display. This is our last chance to catch the leaves of many trees on display – until almost half a year from now. Enjoy these views while they last, enjoy the blending of human and natural contributions, before late fall comes and the balance shifts.

Where can we enjoy this? Part of what is so wonderful about fall colors is how it reminds us how, even in our cities, that we live amidst a broader world, that we live amidst beauty. I recently enjoyed observing colors in a variety of ways – driving on the interstate and looking over farms, biking through the city and looking at trees in peoples’ yards, walking through public parks and enjoying the mini-forests there. There is much we have done to create spaces where people can enjoy fall colors close to home, and we should appreciate that.

Many others have described the beauty of fall colors better than I could – many photos online try to catch it – those in Wisconsin are familiar with it. So I won’t try to describe it, other than to say that it is a wonder we have to enjoy in Wisconsin. This is part of what makes the cycle of seasons so magical!


About MilwaukeeSnow

Dr. Jeffrey Filipiak, Milwaukee's Ambassador of Snow, loves winter, Milwaukee, and environmental history! He has taught college courses on topics including history, writing, environmental ethics, food studies, the Great Lakes, and sustainability. You can contact him at ambassadorofsnow@gmail.com.
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