Autumn colours in Sant'Elena, Venice, Italy
I love my area of this planet, partly because we have all four seasons and we have them in spades. There's no doubt when each season arrives.
Each one shows up with a flourish.
Each one shows up, stomps her feet and announces her presence with trumpet fanfare.
I spent a few weeks in October in Venice a couple of years ago, and one of the things that surprised me was that autumn showed up right behind me. Followed me into town, literally.
Surprised me, because I never thought of a country in the Mediterranean having all four seasons as noticeably as we do in Canada.
But, in fact, Italy cycles through the seasons just like here.
Maybe not as radically announced, but nevertheless, present.
The first traces of autumn in Venice became very visible very quickly, as the leaves changed colour from green to russet to orange and red and gold. I particularly noticed the vines covering the walls by a cathedral in Sant'Elena...
Autumn leaves gracing the brick walls near the cathedral
As the vacation in Venice came to an end, I took a last long walk around the city, taking photos of the fall colours and letting the beauty of this city soak into my soul.
When I arrived home, I found that autumn had crept into the countryside around my home town while I was away! The colours weren't as brilliant as in Venice, they weren't as varied, but they were still breathtakingly beautiful. And, they were the colours of my home...
Autumn leaves beside Medicine Lake, near Jasper, AB ~ Jasper National Park
The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter." ~ Carol Bishop Hipps