Why I Adore Ohio Autumns
Each autumn the colors of nature begin to change and the dazzling effects give me the comforts of home.
The greens of the leaves that lasted all summer start to become shades of purples, reds, oranges and yellows and whether you are an adult, child or an adult with an inner child, you’ve just gotta take some time to appreciate what is happening.The sun glistens and the high temperatures make way for the long afternoon shadows with end of the summer picnics on warm plaid blankets that can be used to snuggle up in as the sun sets. I’m fond of each season that comes our way, but autumn holds a special place in my heart. Ohio autumns are just some of the most beautiful around. There is no denying it and this year I got to be home to enjoy some of those gorgeous Ohio autumn views. While Koreans will tell you they have four seasons, I’d say there are five including monsoon season and yet three of the five are only a few weeks long if that.
We were lucky to see the shades of the leaves start to turn in Seoul just before we left for a trip to the US and of course we took some time outside to appreciate all of those colors in all of their vivid wonder. The colors can be stunning here… even if they just don’t seem to last long enough. Having so many colors is also an opportune time for some outdoor exploration education. Counting leaves collected and then discussing colors and making rainbows or pictures with the leaves is right up any toddler’s alley and it revved us up for autumn in Ohio.
While Ohio summers can be dripping with humidity and make even the most happily sun-baked teen hope for an air-conditioned car to veg out in, the autumns are a temperate perfection. Once we arrived in Ohio, we embraced the colors and drove down boulevards lined with yellow and red trees and took some time to get our end of the year family portraits to celebrate yet another year with our little one who is now TWO! Boy how time has flown. The autumn reminds us to be thankful for the beauty around us and to appreciate all of those warm days we just had that will soon turn into frigid frosts and gusts of cold.
Who doesn’t like hearing the crunch of leaves beneath their feet? There’s something about the smell of them too. I can’t quite describe it accurately to portray what it is, but if you have autumn where you live, then you know what I’m talking about. Not only are the colors bursting from the forest seams, but there are corn mazes to wander and pumpkins to carve while drinking apple cider. There are pumpkin spiced lattes, muffins and everything else in between at bakeries and cinnamon scented candles giving the already autumn scented streets even more delightful aromas.
There’s just something about cozying up in thick woolen sweaters, colorful scarves and slipping some feet into tall boots to head outside. The winds rustle the leaves in the trees and the mix and match of yellows, oranges, reds, purples and greens doesn’t seem to be miss-matched at all.
Walking in colorful forests is the best date with the outdoors you could have and Ohio forests are an ideal mate for anyone.
After being quite a few places with a lackluster shift in the season, my appreciation for Ohio autumns including the foliage, the cinnamony drinks and the corn husk decor has grown over the years. Those high flying geese honking and making their own crosswalks have become humorous and adorable as they head south and early evening sunsets have become a necessary pull over and enjoy part of the day. The shortened daylight hours beg even the most consumed writer or avid worker to take a break in the crisp autumn air and bask in the surprisingly warm sunlight. Oh the autumns of Ohio, how I adore thee.
It’s funny how we grow up and realize that as children we didn’t even grasp what beauty was around us or even that we should have slowed down to acknowledge what we were running over, skipping past or riding bikes next to. At the same time, I don’t think I fancy bugs, rocks and plants now as much as I did when I was younger though, at least not in the same way. I guess that just boils down to giving anyone of any age enough time to appreciate what is around them in their own way be it through the tiniest of bugs that are crawling along to the rocks that are skipped in the water or to the leaves the make shadows on the sidewalks. This year, I appreciate the colors above anything else, but who knows what will draw my attention next season.
What’s your favorite autumn destination? What’s your favorite autumn activity?