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Autumn Leaves and A Walk in the Rain

After a long and terrible drought, we finally got rain this week and I was so happy I nearly cried. Our parched, dusty earth is dark brown and moist again and the air is so clean and fresh and cool. At least at our farm. Neighbors 10 km away didn’t get a drop. 🙁 I ache for them and wish for bucketing rain for all of Australia.

Yesterday I spent the day in town so I could meet a new specialist who is making great strides in evaluating and helping my situation. Hooray! While I was waiting, watching the skies fill up with massive dark clouds, I decided to risk a drenching and walk down to the park.

It was gorgeous, with leaves in glossy russet, pale green, and sunny yellow carpeting paths and fields. The wind rushed through the poplars making the leaves shimmy and whisper. It was so cooling and refreshing I just stood there, eyes closed, letting it whisk away the week of suffocating heat and humidity.

I wandered slowly, stopping every few feet to sigh happily at one beautiful Autumn vignette after another.

Who can resist apple red leaves on Kelly green grass?

Or sage gum leaves etched against blackened bark?

Or a carpet of leaves under a stormy sky?

What about an aging poplar leaf…

…or a starry orange flower…

…or a lap full of colored leaves?

Then, as I walked and looked and sighed, the gentlest of rains began to fall, cool and luscious, misty and wonderful. A walk in the rain. The cherry on top of a magical morning.

What’s making you happy about your weather today? xo

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Jackie Smith - Oh I am still basking in the afterglow of springtime in Sydney so I can’t believe it is already fall there. We have signs that spring may be just around the corner here. Loved the photos you shared with us today.

Joanne (eats well with others) - What stunning autumn leaves and colors!! I’m so glad you guys are getting the rain you need!

My Kitchen Stories - Oh autumn. When you look at it this way it’s ever so beautiful. But I want to go back to the beach Krista

Hotly Spiced - I love your orange shoes! I’m so glad you had some rain but what a shame it wasn’t more widespread. We are friends with farmers who live about seven hours from Sydney and I always find it so distressing to hear about their never-ending cycle of struggles – if it’s not drought it’s floods or bush fires or government rules etc, etc. I do hope the rain continues xx

Maureen Shaw - I love your shoes but I love the fact that you got rain more. Love those adorable shoes!

Kim - Liv Life - First of all… I love your shoes!! 2nd… I hope the doctor was extraordinarily helpful.
And I love that shot of the leaves on your skirt, it almost looks like it was printed that way! Gorgeous, gorgeous red leaves. I’m enjoying getting peeks into your side of the world!

Rachel Friesen - Oh, those shots have me wishing for fall. Love how you found leaves and flowers that match your outfit – too perfect! The one thing that made me happy about today’s frigid weather was the brilliant sunlight. As long as I stayed indoors, I could bask in the warmth and the light and believe in spring.

Krista - Thank you, paradis 🙂 I’m so glad you like the colors. 🙂

Krista - Hooray for rain at your house too, @lizposmyk:disqus ! 🙂 That’s brilliant. 🙂 It’s quite toasty here today, but I’m looking forward to the coolness evening always brings. 🙂 xo

Krista - I hope so much that the rains come for all of us very soon, @colleenforno:disqus It’s so hard to see everything drying up. XO I’m very glad I could bring some Autumn colors to you. 🙂

Krista - I love them too, @tandysinclair:disqus 🙂 They’re so vivid and warm. 🙂 Delighted that you’re getting rain soon too! 🙂

Krista - I’m so glad this post brought back good childhood memories for you, @GourmetGetaway:disqus 🙂 I used to be fascinated by tree sap as a child too – collecting nubs of pine sap and wishing it tasted good. 🙂

Krista - I’m so thrilled the sun is shining for you, @wanderingsheila:disqus 🙂 I think the sun is as welcome to you as the rain is to me. 🙂 XO

Liz Posmyk - Just lovely… we are really into autumn here too, and it rained overnight. Love the cooler change. Beautiful post, as always, Krista xo

mlleparadis - nice color studies. love those leaves with your dress. thanks for sharing such a nice, encouraging day with us! happy weekend!

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Colleen Forno - Krista, as the crow flies, we live so close but no rain for us. Sadly we dont see the trees change colour either to autumn colours so thankyou sweet girl for sharing. xx Colleen.

Tandy Sinclair - I love proper autumn colours! So glad you got some rain, we are expecting some this weekend as well 🙂

GourmetGetaway - I love how you see beauty in the imperfections of nature. The poplar is gorgeous but I never would have noticed if it wasn’t for your image. The sap as well, I used to be fascinated in the sap of a tree as I children but as an adult I have never noticed. Thank you for giving me another look into nature.

Cathy - Just beautiful Krista – I love your collection of autumn leaves. Autumn is my favourite season. I think your autumn themed shoes are delightful. I’m happy today as the sun is shining even though the temperature has gone down again.

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