Happy Thanksgiving, Canadian readers! I hope you have much to be thankful for this holiday weekend – and that you have taken the time over these past few days to reflect on those blessings.
I think I’m safe in saying that here in our part of the world – that would be central/eastern Ontario – one thing that people are thankful for this year is a display of fall foliage that is better than anyone can remember. The beauty that one sees on a walk or drive or bike ride in the countryside is absolutely stunning, and has been for the past week or so. It won’t last too much longer; many of those rich red, gold and yellow leaves have already fallen. But while it does last, you owe it to yourself to get out and see it, if you can.
I haven’t yet come across a good scientific explanation for why the fall colours are so unprecedentedly vibrant this year. You have to think it’s the upside of the other environmental phenomenon we’ve experienced in recent months: a drought that’s the worst that anyone save a nonagenarian farmer from Cooper can remember. But when I went looking online just now for a possible connection between the drought and the amazing foliage, all I found were news stories from this past summer predicting a particularly drab foliage season because of all the dryness. Oops! The weather guy gets it wrong again. (I’ll spare the culprits further embarrassment by not linking to the stories containing those totally inaccurate predictions.)
Anyway, enough with the words. Raymond and I took a roundabout drive to town this morning for some dinner ingredients, and stopped many, many times to take photos. I make zero claim to be a good photographer, but I think even my poor efforts will give you a sense of how beautiful it is in and around Queensborough right now. I hope you enjoy the tour!
And last but bot least, here’s my photograph of my favourite photographer (Raymond) taking a photograph of the gorgeous scenery that is just down the road from us:
Life is good, people. Very, very good.