I don't get to spend a lot of time outdoors these days... Its understandable. I've got a newborn baby (who actually it technically now out of the newborn stage and developmentally considered an infant!) and I live in the middle of a good sized town rather than in the cabin down the dead-end road that doubles as a snowmobile trail during the colder months. It takes some serious effort to make it into the woods.
But, the lure of seventy degree weather and colorful leaves proved enough to get me to don my baby carrier and make a trek into the familiar hills at our family's hunting camp with my camera. Emily and I spent an entire afternoon wandering through old pastures, thick sugaring woods, and down ancient roads.
There was a light breeze that accompanied me as I walked. Leaves blew wistfully off the trees and floated to the ground. The sun was bright and high overhead, illuminating the leaves with a surreal, neon splendor. While this fall is one of the duller foliage seasons I've seen that day was not lacking in photogenic display.
Emily happily slept the entire time as she swayed back and forth slightly in the carrier across my chest. Her arms dangled limply at her sides indicating how deeply she was sleeping. Meanwhile I grabbed an apple off an old apple tree near the discarded foundation of a farm house long ago fallen into ruin and happily enjoyed it. Actually it was one of the best dang apples I've ever eaten. It smelled like hot cider when I picked from its branch since it had sat and baked in the sun all day. Heaven. Pure Heaven. And I felt like none other than Johnny (Jennie) Appleseed as I munched on it walking down the old road running along the mountainside.
Such afternoons are meant for story books, so it seems.
In reality an afternoon like this makes me miss where I used to live, but I am also empowered by the fact I can have such adventures with a baby in tow. It really makes me feel like I can accomplish anything even with Emily, which was secretly a worry before I became a mom. Apparently, anything is still possible!
Oh, and if you'd like to see more of my fall photos check out my Photography Facebook Page!