An Autumn Walk

October is truly a time of transition  –  days become shorter, leaves turn almost magically in the sun’s golden glint to  create a halo of gold in the trees, while winds are crisp and the clouds are adrift.   Glorious fall foliage created an autumn glow on a recent late afternoon walk I took through the picturesque town of Pontotoc in north Mississippi.  The captivating palate of green, orange, red and burgundy, the crushing sound of leaves as squirrels scurried frantically through the trees to gather winter food stores, and the crisp, fragrant,  fall air against the backdrop of a blue October sky unleashed the joys of my autumn walk.

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Tanglefoot Trail, a rails to trails project that was recently opened in the area, invites pedestrians, runners, and bikers to enjoy the autumn splendor of its woodlands.  Tall clusters of native grasses, wild flowers, gemmed  colored leaves, and Kudzu “creatures” outline this popular attraction.  (https://www.facebook.com/tanglefoottrail)

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Downtown businesses capture the essence of fall with displays of seasonal color and whimsy.

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In a town, where the Colonel Rebel of Ole Miss and  the Bully of Mississippi State reign!

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Lovely, gracious homes reflect the season,  and their welcoming porches beckon one to savor the deepening shadows of an October afternoon…

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Nothing says fall like the classic combination of vibrant chrysanthemums, crotons, kale,  and miniature orange pumpkins..

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Late blooming Cosmos make a gleaming display in Jean and Bill Peeples’ fall garden.

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And last, an unexpected gift of this magical season of fall – a  bloom in my Mother’s rose garden.  Shreveport was one of the first rose bushes she planted, and has always been one of my favorites.

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“And it is in the autumn of our lives that we see, perhaps for the first time, the reason for our being , the reason for all our striving”.   – M.M. Brown

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