Autumn Beauty

On Halloween, as I accompanied the trick-or-treating kids of some friends, I couldn’t help noticing the beauty of autumn. The vivid colors of the leaves, late afternoon clouds, and vivacious shrubs seemed more sharply delineated.


The 60-degree Fahrenheit/15-degree Celsius temperature lured many outside to huddle near firepits, with bowls of candy on tables for trick-or-treaters. It was a lovely day to be outside, watching groups of eager children running from house to house. A change from years past when snow or cold rain made the experience less than fun.


I didn’t solicit candy, though I was given some regardless. Yet I received much more: the evidence of autumn beauty.

Though the temperature downshifted later in the evening, a lovely fog rolled in.

Photo by Ben Pyykkonen © 2022

A perfect ending to the day.

How was your day?

P.S. Here are two photos of pumpkins carved two days before Halloween. Exhibit A (left) was carved by my niece and I. Exhibit B was carved by my nephew, the subject of Exhibit A.


Fall photos by L. Marie. Photo of the fog by Ben Pyykkonen.

41 thoughts on “Autumn Beauty

  1. Beautiful photos, L. Marie. Great job on the pumpkin carving! Ben’s photo reminded me of the original Halloween movie. As you know, I had a Halloween book deadline, so no candy for me! Maybe next year. Have a great weekend!

    • Thank you, Jill. 😊 Yes, and I’m glad that’s behind you! So much work!
      Hope you have a great weekend too. Don’t forget to fall back! This is the good time of Daylight Savings!

  2. Cool photos. We got lucky and the expected rain showed up the next day. So it was a nice evening in suburbia. Leaves aren’t changing colors as well as in your area. Seem to be jumping right to brown with not much else mixed in.

  3. Looks like a fun evening! Love the photos. Beautiful!! Fall is my very favorite time of year!

  4. How ’bout this great weather, huh? Even in November! I’ll take it. Looked like a nice Halloween for you and your family and friends. 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing your Hallowe’en experience–and the beauty of the season. I like when blog posts (mine and others) don’t take must energy to read. And prove inspiring too! 😀

  6. Sounds like you had a real Halloween, and your photos are lovely! They make me homesick for the northeast 🙂 We haven’t had trick-or-treaters for a few years now. A couple of years ago we stopped buying candy altogether and now just make the house dark. People decorate around here, but they must take their kids to other neighborhoods. In contrast, my chiropractor (who I’m sure lives in a nicer neighborhood than mine) had about 60 kids at his door. Oh, well (insert shrug emoji).

  7. Love the carved pumpkins! We never had pumpkins when I was a kid (though we do now) so it was traditional to carve a turnip instead. Very quiet here over Hallowe’en, since as you know I live in a child-free zone. (Actually the houses around here are too small for families with kids, so we genuinely have hardly any children in the immediate area.) Bliss! Means I get to eat all my own chocolate… 😉

    • Thank you! We didn’t carve pumpkins when I was a kid either. If I had stayed home, all would have been quiet too since I live in a locked apartment building. So I didn’t buy any candy. How silly of me to skip buying chocolate regardless.

  8. I’m glad you had a good afternoon/evening trick-or-treating. I agree, autumn is beautiful. The bright colors of the leave. Of course. But also, there’s something about the angle of the light that always surprises me with its beauty.

  9. Yes, we’ve been enjoying this warm weather in NYC too! My daughter, who moved to Los Angeles in August, says it’s been colder there and she’s feeling ripped off. Glad you had such a great time!

  10. I’m late to joining in here, but I’m glad your Halloween was fun. I like the jack-o-lantern with glasses. He looks like a fine fellow. Yay to you and your niece.

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