Crows & Leaves

On a bare branch a crow is perched – autumn evening.” – Basho

It’s the first day that feels like fall – we woke to a tropical-like rainfall that fell in cool, misty sheets rendering the dark green forest in tones of grey. Outside there was a flurry of feathers as crow, gull, and wee sparrow raced for cover, the languorous days of summer becoming a distant memory.

There are four apples from this year’s harvest waiting in the crisper, to be eaten on a day that still feels like summer as we walk through that same forest restored to lush green. Summer and fall feel like two different worlds, seasons embracing light as well as darkness, reminding me of the journeys we take each day whether out in nature or in the man-made worlds of the cities and towns we live in, it’s the shifting shadows we encounter that reveal these differing worlds. At this time of year I prefer to spend as much time as possible in nature’s world, marvelling at the too many blades of grass still to count, the many falling leaves to keep track of and birds flying free through the air.

That luminous day of apple eating has not come to pass, the months of September and October unfolding in storms and lashing rain. Three seasons of summers past now known as fire season have resulted in quite a few trees having to be taken down, their root systems weakened by previous drought-like conditions. Whenever I hear the sound of chain saws outside our windows, I wonder what beautiful tree will be missing from our neighbourhood – several catalpa trees have gone and just recently, a large chestnut and a dying silver birch. Lately, after stormy weather, I’ve noticed tangled limbs and mossy branches lying on the grass often surrounded by yellow caution tape, ready to be dealt with by our city workers.

Among the crows and leaves are lovely glimpses of grace – dear Charlotte (a neighbour of my Mom’s) sitting on a bench facing a calm English Bay, my late father’s walker by her side (a timely gift given when I found out that her own walker had broken), the sweet calico cat who walks down our street, trotting behind her owners’ as they step out for coffee, claiming a spot underneath a hedge until they head back home and on a recent stormy day, small tornadoes of glowing leaves swirling amid gale force winds, an ancient dance heralding the arrival of winter. Crows and leaves, forever weaving a skein of magic that never fails to enchant…

Some of that autumn magic captured on a beautiful trail that leads to Brockton Oval in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

Stellar jays have come down from the mountains to feast on the nuts and berries of the forest, we can hear there raucous calls throughout the West End!

In almost every direction, our eyes are greeted by glorious colour! We are currently enjoying a record-breaking 13 dry days in a row…




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32 Responses to Crows & Leaves

  1. markmkane says:

    I loved this Kimberlee. I marvel at how you are able to see your natural surroundings and are able to describe it. You words really help me to visualize what it is you are truly seeing. Although I would like to see it in person, your words are just as good. I’ve yet to see an actual crow in real life, which is something that I actually want to see. Heard that they are big as well as intelligent.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Sounds like you’re finally having a nice bit of autumn – lovely photos!

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    • Our nice bit of autumn has ended in rain this morning, thankfully, the photographer and I went on a long walk through the forest yesterday afternoon (on the hunt for two elusive Barred owls seen on one of his most recent walks!). Thank you so much for stopping by, Eliza!

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  3. calmkate says:

    your words weave calmness with stunning pic highlighters
    … your love of nature and life shine through πŸ™‚

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  4. ugetse says:

    Thank you Kim for another lovely walk in nature. Love Terry’s photos as well. I also feel so sad for every tree lost. Nature has its way. See you soon .πŸ₯°

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    • We noticed several cedars down in our lovely forest yesterday, luckily we are blessed with an abundant canopy! Terry’s photos always add just the right note to my posts…thank you (always!) for stopping by, Huguette, I’m glad you enjoy my “notes”.

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  5. Sue Vincent says:

    Beautifully written.

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  6. It is so sad to see lovely trees dying. Heartbreaking. Your fall colours are truly lovely.

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    • Every year, I find the colours seem more intense…this year we’re noticing more burgundy, orange and rust shades with glowing scarlets that take your breath away! It’s always lovely to see your words here, I’m so glad you stopped by for a read, Brigid!

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  7. Beautiful post, Kim, though the loss of trees is always a time for mourning and reflection. The dry autumn days have been glorious down here in Oregon too. The sunshine on the lingering color and the crisp coolness of the air have extended my outdoor walks for a few weeks more. It’s not too late for apples. πŸ™‚ Enjoy.

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  8. Annika Perry says:

    Kim, a magical post which with poetic ease takes in the world around you. A touching tribute to the loss of trees around you, never easy to witness. The leaves of the autumn are a carpet of wonder and delight and I love how β€œCrows and leaves, forever weaving a skein of magic that never fails to enchant…” You enchant us with your words! Happy Weekend! πŸ˜€ πŸ‚

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  9. Lovely words and images Kim, sorry to hear about the trees. We’ve had storms and heavy rains here too last week and thankfully still some autumn colours left to enjoy. We hope you get to enjoy some apples and wish you a wonderful rest of the weekend πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ xxx

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  10. Quirky Girl says:

    Wow! Whatever kind of tree that red one is, it is simply majestic! It beautifully exemplifies autumn in all its glory. πŸ™‚

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  11. michnavs says:

    I am in awe at how lucky you are to be sorrounded by this kind of environment
    The colors of nature is really breath taking and as always thank you for taking me there with feels like i can see them clearly through your words..

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    • We are in the midst of a glorious November and the autumn colours are just glowing…there are drifts of burgundy and orange on the ground that make a satisfying crunch (normally at this time of year, we are walking upon tons of sodden leaves!)! Thank you for stopping by, Mich, I’m so glad you enjoyed the read.

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  12. Beautiful descriptions of the beginning of your fall Kimberlee – ours has been much the same in terms of storms and for us the loss of small parts of the landscape, but also blessings to be found among the season.

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