Glimpses of autumn

The transition to November has been smooth and beautiful, because the weather yesterday (November 1) was as sunny and warm as it’s been for pretty much all of October. In this brief posting,  I’m just going to offer a few glimpses of the scenery in and around Daglan, now that we’re clearly in autumn.

First, a quick reminder of Friday night — Halloween. My wife Jan and I were all set for quite a few trick-or-treaters, and were disappointed with the results. First came two kids; then, three more; then, nothing. Grand total, despite good weather: five kids. You can’t accuse us of not trying — we did have lots of candy, and our jack-o-lantern was glowing on the front steps. Here he is:

Glowing on our front steps.

Glowing on our front steps.

But that was then, and this is now. Yesterday morning I went for a walk on the back road that connects Daglan and Castelnaud, and then decided to do some sightseeing by car, with camera in hand. Here’s  a look at a few of the sights I saw.

First, here’s a view along the road,  looking up towards the hamlet of Le Peyruzel at the top of the hill in the distance:

This is the road that runs north from Daglan, with Le Peyruzel high above.

The road that runs north from Daglan, with Le Peyruzel on the hill above.

As I’ve written before, autumn colours in the Greater Daglan Area are generally not as bright and dramatic as the show put on by North American trees, because we don’t have the maples that provide bursts of orange and red. So yellows tend to be the dominant colours here, as you’ll see on this huge specimen of a tree at the end of the parking lot at Daglan’s salle des fêtes, or community hall:

A massive tree just starting to show its autumn colours.

A massive tree just starting to show its autumn colours.

However, we do see the occasional bursts of red — like the leaves on this large shrub:

Brilliant red leaves are rare in the Greater Daglan Area.

Brilliant red leaves like this are rare in Daglan in autumn.

Some trees, in fact, have already lost their leaves completely — like the stand of tall trees (poplars, I believe) that you can see beyond the small pedestrian bridge that crosses the Céou River along the edge of the village:

Over the river, a stand of trees with their leaves already gone.

Over the river, a stand of trees with their leaves already gone.

And to close out this photographic review, here’s a lovely scene on the Céou River:

A tranquil scene on the Céou River.

A tranquil scene on the Céou River.

No doubt there’s rain on its way — after all, we’re now in November — but we’ve really had a great run of beautiful weather. So, no complaints here.

Final note: Sure enough, when we awoke this morning (Sunday), it was raining.

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6 Responses to Glimpses of autumn

  1. Paul says:

    Wonderful Loren. How we miss the beauty of the dga

  2. Doug Curson says:

    Magnificent photos – more to come I hope!

    Doug

  3. Karen says:

    Here in SoFla we also had only 5 trick-0r-treaters!!! Thanks for the Fall pics….we only do green!

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