When I get a chance to get out and look around, I usually like to pause and listen to the rustle of the leaves as the squirrels forage in the daytime, listen for the deer and owls in the night, and breath in the fresher, drier, haze free air. Fall comes with so many memories of the past, both happy and sad, yet a sense of inner peace always seems to come as well. I am brought to a state of balance with that which is living in the here and now and that which has gone before me into the larger life.
I also love to look up and see the clear blue Carolina skies by day,
and the appearance of the winter constellations, whose stars seem to stand out much more vividly, by night.
Sorry, no pictures of the night sky, but I did get a chance to stretch out and do some stargazing from my dark sky cavesite this weekend. I was treated to naked eye and binocular views of the Andromeda galaxy (which, when zoomed in, looks a bit like this sketch by Messier),
The mouth of my cave is perfectly situated to view the star clusters in Auriga as it rises in the eastern sky,
I am trying to fatten up on these days and nights and prepare my cave for the winter months.
Thank You Lord for this time of year.