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A river runs

Apparently it’s been a dry and lovely summer here on the West Coast and, while we can still believe that it’s the height of summer, there are undeniable signs of autumn all around.

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But what do we care about that on a golden Saturday as this Saturday it turning out to be?

We pick our way thru the boreal forest, around the giant cedars and firs, thru the curtain of vine maple…

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…to the aspens and the river.

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And we stick out feet right in and and balance on the slippery rocks with our toes.

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And then, when the cold, mountain water isn’t taking our breath away, we gently ease our bodies right into the river…

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…and watch as the aspens drop their leaves and float them by.

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And hours go by and the shadows lengthen and we reluctantly dry off and head out of the boreal forest for home.

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And as we walk out of the forest, the summer river seems like a memory because the signs of autumn whisper to us from all around. They are as ephemeral as a spider’s web and as real as next year’s wildflowers seeds caught within.

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But even as our thoughts turn to autumn, we will hold on to our summer river as long as we can.

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Comments: 5

  • Pondside

    September 7, 2014
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    While the temperature on the Island says ‘summer’, the evidence of bright berries and fallen leaves says ‘autumn’. I don’t recall seeing so many leaves on the ground this early. Normally I collect a huge bouquet during Thanksgiving week, but at this rate they will be all gone.

  • September 7, 2014
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    Enjoy the lovely days while they last!

  • September 7, 2014
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    Such magnificent trees in your area; they’re scale is set off perfectly by your beautiful “model”. I like how you’ve caught the light in the woods and water shots. Beautiful.

    Karen

  • daryledelstein

    September 7, 2014
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    lovely .. i refuse to think about fall and falling leaves just yet ….

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