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Some of my favorite songs about this Season - September Song, Autumn Leaves...something about seeing the trees shed their leaves is very evocative.
September, October, November and the first three weeks in December






Really.




THE END OF AUTUMN.
Mrs. Fox observed this morning practicing taking pathways, driveways, streets, and power company rights-of-way to get her to her home in the "Farm and Forest" classified property at the end of our private road.

   



ALMOST LAST MEETING OF BOARD OF SELECTMEN FOR TOM. 
The most interesting thing about this meeting was noticing the lighting in the Town Hall Meeting Room.  Is he smiling because he won't have to worry about...snow storms?


      



ONE WEEK TO GO...
Looking around, it appears that the forest unprotected by leaves and before the snow (expected in a few days) shows its colors, so to speak, in shades of earth tones.

         

WITH 10 DAYS LEFT IN AUTUMN, IT IS SNOWING.  SINCE IT IS DARK OUT, WE CAN BE SURE, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE TWO RIVERS ALASKA!
Truth in advertising department - neither our photo (Alaska landscape) nor exactly what we woke up to...upon awakening, the fir trees no longer weighed down and ice replaces snow in parts of the fields.

     


THE LAST LEAF BLOWING...

    


THIS IS THE TIME WHEN NATURE LAYS US BARE - "PLEASE CAN'T WE AGREE TO MOVE AHEAD (DEC. 1, 2016 SELECTMEN'S MEETING)?"
Easier said than done, but with all the turmoil at State and National level, local government appears to be making us proud by working together without partisanship!

  




FALL LANDSCAPE EDGING INTO WINTER AS DECEMBER LOOMS...BUT NOT YET IF THE SUN COMES OUT (ONE CAN ALWAYS HOPE)!

      


FALL COLOR
GETTING READY FOR WILD SHIFT
This morning upon awakening, the car wouldn't start.  BUT WAIT...THINGS CAN ALWAYS GET WORSE...


   
   


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE GREATEST MOTHER
Are there any leaves still up there?  Yup!  One more leaf blowing and that should be it for the year.  TURKEY ALERT - keep under cover this week!!!


And a note re:  "hacking" investigation and a something I have always said - don't say or do anything you don't want to see in 72 pt type on the front page.
...The messages stolen from Republicans have drawn little attention because most are routine business emails from local Republican Party officials in several states, congressional staff members and party activists.  Among those whose emails were posted was Peter W. Smith, who runs a venture capital firm in Chicago and has long been active in “opposition research” for the Republican Party. He said he was unaware that his emails had been hacked until he was called by a reporter on Thursday.  He said he believes that his material came from a hack of the Illinois Republican Party.

“I’m not upset at all,” he said. “I try in my communications, quite frankly, not to say anything that would be embarrassing if made public.”  The last paragraphs of lead story Saturday, December 10, 2016 NYTIMES online edition.
         


HAIL THE MIGHT OAKS AND A TIP OF THE CAP TO TREE WARDEN AND OUR CORNUS KOUSA
Imperious, the mighty oaks in my forest look down upon the rest of us and wonder whether we are worthy of receiving their gifts?  Very happy, but always subdued, the forest is pleased.  And yet forlorn, the naked branches weep for "Les Feuilles Mortes."


        


MY KOREAN DOGWOOD SHOCKED, SHOCKED THAT "ASH TREES ARE BORED TO DEATH" - WE NOTE THAT KOUSA IS PARTICULARLY GOOD TO PLANT NEAR POWER LINES!!!
Only the sharp ears of the 'Kousa marked the fact that Ash Trees are disappearing and officially being removed one by one "100,000 trees in Weston approx. and 2 to 3 percent are Ash Trees" said the Tree Warden...more on The Tree at Special Selectmen's meeting.




TREES ON THE ALERT FOR TREE WARDEN PUBLIC HEARING THURSDAY FOR WHICH THEY WERE DELIGHTED TO SEE SO MANY INTELLIGENT AND VERBALLY TALENTED NEIGHBORS STANDING UP FOR THEM!




AN INSIDE KIND OF DAY....AND THE NEXT DAY IT IS OUTSIDE SUNNY AND GORGEOUS!.
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Verging on the "somber" side of autumn.  And the sun can't seem to stay away...into the woods we go.  Or should we say into the Aspetuck Land Trust (some day)?

        

NOVEMBER SURPRISE!
Good thing we remembered to prepare for Halloween - we were ready!  The few school-aged children and younger in our neighborhood did not drop by this year...

     



October drama...with super hot days October 18 and 19, we are out and about take pictures of the quickly changing landscape...

TRICK OR TREAT?
Fewer and fewer venture abroad...sun is going down, and we'll find out soon.

    


...Weston forest tips its cap to Shakespeare.
What's in a line?  What's in a shape?  "What's in a name?"  Last from Romeo and Juliet ACT II SCENE II.   And tonight it is precipitating...as in "A Winter's Tale..."

  


Birnam wood to Dunsinane
The woods make pathways through the community.  In similar fashion to MacBeath ACT V SCENE III. 

      

LIGHT...
And the shelter of low morning light gives way to a riot of noon color off to the west that, even looking up at the sky, the colors cry out "politics"...

          

FALL FOLIAGE
If you live in Weston, CT, these views are literally "out the window" and it really looks like this (left).  Or just out the side door (right)!

    

SUNNY DAY
"Hosta Crisis" immediately below, left. 
"Bark worse than bite?"
 
         


       
OCTOBER SURPRISE?
It is so gorgeous.  Like "VITRAIL" or stained glass, in cathedrals, such as those on our Paris/Environs page!





FALL CAN BE A VERY SOMBER SEASON TOO
The sun does not always shine!  Autumn can be muted as well as a riot of color.  Music in a minor key for this!



            
WHAT'S THAT?
Alert for hunting season, which begins around now...other animals wary of Election Season...this go-round, looking like hunting season!



ACTUALLY FROM A LATER IN THE MONTH DISPLAY...OF OAKS.
Nothing like a seriously sunny day in autumn shown above to make you hope the hurricane will pass us by...Tree Warden's place in C.G.A. statutes.



 


   
    

TREE WARDEN PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR NOVEMBER 10, 2016, 7:30PM IN THE TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM TO MAKE A LAST PLEA FOR THE TREE
October and sometimes earlier, Weston, CT is visited by hurricanes and tropical storms lasting long enough to do major damage.  Example of tracking them.  Hitting close to home.







September...just now Autumn!




As Summer said farewell and we find acorns clustered in strange places, alert squirrels clearing away acorns from the horizontal spaces on the roof - does this mean we're in for a tough winter?