first frost

I’ve been waiting for the first frost eagerly. It has been an unusually warm fall and has delayed my putting the gardens to bed for the winter. How can I kill blooming plants? But now that it has frosted, I can cut back the perennials and uproot the annuals without guilt. It is time.

This is a great time of year. I remember, growing up in Northern Michigan, those sunny fall days, crisp air, piles of maple leaves to jump into, the smell of wood fires keeping houses warm and cozy. I’m sure there were cloudy, rainy days, but I don’t remember them. The clarity of those sunny fall days stays with me, and the invigorating freshness of the cool air still energizes me. I am thankful for the frost and the memories it brings.


fall colors

fall colors


About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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2 Responses to first frost

  1. Nancy says:

    Oh my goodness, I love the colors in this photo. Fall colors, whether bold or subtle make me feel all happy and content. The fall walks through the oak forests in fall is one of my best family memories. Thanks for this photo.


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