Autumn in the Northwoods

Autumn in the Northwoods

I spent four glorious days at our cottage in the Northwoods. The air, cool and bright, made for good walking, and the decrease in summer insects made everything downright comfortable.  The tornado damage has been fixed, and our lakefront looks normal again.

However, the lane leading in from the main road still looks as though the tornado hasn’t stopped moving. All leaves from the downed trees have browned, withered, and shrunk up to create more holes in the landscape than when they first fell.

Men have come and chopped up some of the larger tree trunks, and carried away their choices for this winter’s firewood. We are glad of that, but they left much debris and small branches littered about. I spent an afternoon picking up these pieces, throwing them in the wheelbarrow and rolling them back to our fire pit. They make excellent firewood.

Mom and I built a wonderful fire one evening. Labor Day Weekend 004

Leaves are starting to turn red. Two weeks from now, the entire Northwoods will be glowing with fire-yellow oak leaves, red-ember maple leaves, and orange ground cover bushes. The colors will mix up and streak here and there, pop out at various levels, and give the impression of a carefully edited photograph. 

Here is just the beginning:


About Marahm

At first glance, I may appear to be a middle-aged American woman with kids, grandkids, retired from a job in a hospital, gratefully relieved from the responsibilities that come with all of that. Behind the image, which is true enough, I am fairly unhinged from much of American mainstream living, having spent twelve years in Saudi Arabia, years that sprung me from societal and familial impositions, and narrow bands of truth. I have learned to embrace my identity as a seeker, an artist, and a writer. I study Arabic and Italian language, because I love them, and I love their people. I still dream of spending more time in the Middle East and Italy, though the dreaming now seems more real than the possibilities. I am a photographer. I write, and sometimes publish, flash memoir, and now a blog or two.
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7 Responses to Autumn in the Northwoods

  1. Hning says:

    Three colors in a single tree! That’s so pretty! Omigosh, is it Autumn again already? My!
    Thanks for sharing this, I may no seethe in envy.

    Wish I was there too.

  2. Marahm says:

    You are invited, Hning!

  3. ~W~ says:

    Brilliant Marahm. I love Fall colors. I am glad you and your mom had a good time.

  4. Umm Ibrahim says:

    That photograph is amazing Marahm – wow!

    Glad to hear that you and your mom had a good getaway, sounds like you had plenty of work though. 🙂

  5. Solace says:

    That is such a beautiful pic. The colours are so vivid!

    Glad you had a nice time!

  6. susanne430 says:

    Lovely!! Glad you are back!

  7. What a gorgeous photo of the leaves on the trees. Wow!!!

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