“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
I know that I am not alone when I express how dazzled I am by the beauty of October. The miracle of autumn takes your breath away, doesn’t it? Who isn’t enchanted by the spectacular changing leaves bursting with color, carving plump pumpkins and enjoying the apple cinnamon scent of hot cider. The college football schedule keeps us very busy this time of year and we plan family suppers like delicious chili and belly warming soups. Sunday pasta dinners with homemade marinara sauce are a tradition for us as well.
Now that we have moved to Seattle from Southern California, it is the first time I have ever lived in an area with actual changing seasons. Southern California is a wonderful place to live, but it is still 80 degrees in mid-October, no “autumn feeling” in sight. So Cal may get a week or two of sweater weather, but there is nothing like experiencing very cool temps, changing leaves and having a real need for a fire in the fireplace.
There are spectacular displays of autumn color all over the United States and other parts of the world as well. Facebook is full of incredible photos my friends have shared from Vermont, New York, and North Carolina. Do you have a favorite geographic location you like to leaf-peep?
We took our daughter Alex and our dog Rocco to the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle at the peak of this magical season. Enjoy!
We are embracing this six months in Seattle and so happy to experience the beauty of October here in the Pacific Northwest.
20 thoughts on “The Beauty of October in Seattle”
We were fortunate to travel to New England in October, 2012 to see the trees there with all their amazing colors. We had never seen anything like it. For us southern California residents, it was a once in a lifetime experience that we will never forget.
So true Jan! To travel to another state where the leaves change and the weather gets cool is quite a treat!
I love the colours of fall foliage. And the tall trees in Washington state are wonderful. I’ve lived all my life in a place with four seasons, with a very cold winter seeming to dominate all others. While I tire easily of the cold in winter, I do appreciate having the change in seasons. I love the Anne of Green Gables quote – I read all of L.M. Montgomery’s book when I was a child.
I know that so many people live in an area where they can experience all four seasons and I think its wonderful that they never tire of it! I have never lived in very cold weather for any length of time. I think I would wimp out. Our living in Seattle is temporary so I can handle the weather no problem!
So beautiful! I find myself yearning to wear a jacket these days. Alas, it is STILL in the mid to upper 80s here!
Miss you my friend… let me know the next time you are down here. Also, if you ever need someone to run over to the “project” and check on things let me know. It’s been a while since I actively did building inspections, but I think I can still manage! 🙂
Miss you too Michelle! The project is going well and I have been down to check on it and stay with my Dad. I hope to see you too sometime. Stay cool in the autumn weather of So Cal!
Great photos, and a very different vista from the one we had in Maui two weeks ago!
Isn’t that the truth! Thanks for your support.
The colors are gorgeous. I’m from Nova Scotia, and we also have a spectacular fall palette to show off. Korea also has a change of color in October, and I saw the beginning of that last weekend. The colors here are not as awesome as in North America, but still pretty, and a welcome sight after a hot, humid summer. I’ve only been to Seattle once, and would love to come back in the fall.
Nancie: Nova Scotia sounds so intriguing! How long have you lived in Korea and will you be there indefinitely?
Beautiful! Add to the colors the fact that the salmon run in October and it makes for a great month.
Great point! Don’t you just love grilled salmon?
How beautiful! I have a feeling you find the beauty wherever you are, Suzanne.
Thank you Tam. Thats very kind. I do try to see the positive and love flowers. I am kind of a nature geek.
That looks amazing, I miss fall but will be visiting Ohio to see the fall colors soon. Didn’t know fall was amazing in Seattle.
The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place to visit, in any season. Do you have family in Ohio?
I can remember missing the beauty of October after I moved from the Midwest to Southern California. It is a great to see the majestic colors in this post now that we are in tropical Thailand. Thanks!
I have just returned from Hawaii and it was quite an adjustment Betsy. We can remember what it feels like, but hard to relate when the humiditysi 95% and everywhere you look the vegetation is tropical.
Such beautiful photos. I absolutely love Autumn. That crispy feel as the air begins to change is the best. That and having cool enough weather for those yummy, heavy autumn dinners like chili and polish sausage with potatoes….
Just beautiful! Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the changing season and all the colors. Enjoy every minute!