Leaves, Leaves Everywhere

Last Friday, a powerful storm blew up the coast of Maine, and because we are only fifty miles inland, we felt the effects, too. At the storm’s peak, over 100,000 customers were without power—keep in mind we are a state with a little over a million people.

Half the town of Winthrop lost its power, and although our lights flickered, we were not among those who were in the dark. Thank goodness! As I’ve noted many times, we have a well, and no power means no water.

Clif thinks our power stayed on because we are on the same line as the fire department’s new building, just up the road from us. Could be. Whatever the case, we keep our power through most storms, and when we do lose it,  the power comes back fairly soon. And, yes, we are ever so grateful.

Saturday morning, after the storm, there were leaves, leaves everywhere, making a colorful mosiac.

Here, from above, was the view of our backyard and patio.

Now for a closer look.

Leaves on the patio.

Leaves on the table.

Around the front, leaves on our small deck.

And, finally, leaves on the moss.

Even without a storm, this is a time of year when the leaves come down, down, down.

Is it any wonder we Americans call this time of year fall?

79 thoughts on “Leaves, Leaves Everywhere”

  1. The leaves look like gold. So beautiful! Now, do you rake all those leaves into piles and then what? It does make lovely pictures. And I’m so glad you didn’t lose power!

  2. Wow, that is a lot of leaves down, Laurie! Good news about your power. When Fiona went through the Maritimes just east of us nearly 100% of Prince Edward Island was without power for days. Some homes still don’t have power restored nearly 3 weeks later. Good thing it isn’t winter!

  3. That looks like a lot of work for an eager rake, Laurie! We still have leaves on our trees, but a stiff NW wind today is trying to shake a few loose. They’re such fun to shuffle through, don’t you think?!

  4. You certainly make a good point about autumn being called fall where you are! I know you will have to clear them up – or do you – but at the moment they look rather attractive.

  5. Yes, as you say, any wonder your season is called fall!
    As I commented on Judy’s post, I’ve always loved photos of your part of the world in autumn, not thinking about all the hard work involved with all the leaves. With beauty comes hard work!

  6. As a child, I was greatly indulged. My dad would rake up our maple and elm leaves into huge piles, and let me jump into them — before he raked them up again. Even a whiff of leaf smoke brings it all back. I do love shuffling through leaves, too, but leaves like yours are hard to find here. Thanks for sharing yours!

  7. I love the patterns leaves make when they fall. I am not sure if it is to do with climate or tree species but yours seem more colourful than mine which are almost entirely shades of muddy brown. You may be right about the effect of the fire department on your power supply – Since I became a ‘priority vulnerable customer’ (old and almost deaf so officially disabled!) and because the farm up the road relies on electricity for milking 200+ cows, mine gets fixed very quickly too.

    1. Glad your power gets fixed very quickly, too. New England is known for its trees being a blaze of glory in the fall. Must be the climate. Some years are better than others—this year is a great year—but beautiful even in an off year.

  8. Our house looks exactly like that. That storm brought down a lot of leaves and branches. I spent quite a while yesterday picking up branches with some having been driven into the ground like a spear. It is definitely ‘fall.’

  9. Same look here, leafs everywhere. No storms but wind and rain. The temperatures are still quite high for this time of year. Today is sunny and about 18 C°, so I had my tea on the patio between the leafs.

  10. Leafs on the table look like a beautiful frame. I guess cleaning will be quite some job.

    Good to hear about the power supply.

  11. Leaves, leaves everywhere is right, Laurie. Beautiful, but some work to get it all cleaned up. We also live near a firehouse and rarely lose our power for more than a few hours. Thank goodness.

  12. Gorgeous colors in your photos, Laurie. I think you are right about the power grid getting restored in a certain order. I think we are also on a “preferred” grid, as we have been restored many times days and one time WEEKS before our neighbors a street below.

    1. Thanks, Jodie. What a time of year! And, yes, being on a preferred grid is a very, very good thing. For years we weren’t, but then the power company changed where our power came from, and now we are. How lucky was that?

  13. Ah….let the leaf raking season begin! I’m not complaining though, because when the raking is done, “reading by the (fake) fire season” begins! 😉

  14. What a beautiful kaleidoscope of color. We are starting to lose our leaves here in East Tennessee. They peaked early this year and it seems like we just didn’t get enough of their beautiful colors. I’m so glad you didn’t lose power. We also have a well so no power, no water.

  15. Love all the leaves and wonderful to read that you made it through the storm with power! We’ve had rain and wind all week and I can no longer see my driveway with all the leaves!🙂

  16. I love that colorful carpet of leaves. Beautiful images, Laurie. 🙂 Friends and I were just discussing the word “fall” when it comes to this season. We were walking through the woods and the wind would come along releasing the leaves from the trees to rain down upon us.

      1. Yes. Potentially lethal if not. Had a close encounter with a treacherously lethal set of stone steps last week, in the garden of a grand country hotel … it was very nearly the end of the Platypus Man!

      2. I did, and landed on my derrière. But that end of my anatomy is suitably padded, so no harm was done. But if I’d hit my head on one of the steps as I went down – which I nearly did – it might be a different story. No matter, all’s well that ends well!

  17. I am glad your power stayed on! I was just thinking about leaf fall the other day. Not so dramatic here as back in New England, but we get plenty of falling leaves. 🙂

  18. We are into leaf-season too. For tourists and weekender this is leaf-viewing session. For us, leaf raking/blowing season (The Mrs does love her back—pack leaf blower which I call the jet pack, as I would probably be 40 feet up a tree if I pointed the nozzle at the ground. 🚀) – Oscar

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