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Autumn is in the Air

It has been a busy couple of weeks with work and teaching. I've also been working on a new piece for a zokei exhibit this weekend. I'll post some pictures of the exhibit sometime next week and show you what I made.

This past week, autumn has finally arrived. The days have been getting shorter and there is a definite chill in the air during the night. Last night, we were down in the single digits for the first time this season (keep in mind that the temperature is measured in Celsius). I have been loving this weather. Soon the leaves will begin to change, and the trees will be full of color. Every year, I am amazed at the colors I see. I wonder how this year will turn out?

Tonight, we were treated to a beautiful sunset. I was teaching a class of three 6th graders, and one of the students suddenly gasped and was pointing out the window. I turned around and was also caught in surprise by the sky. This past week has been gray and rainy, so I couldn't believe the colors that I was looking at. It didn't look real with the pinks and purples. And closer to the horizon, the sky was a blazing yellow-orange-purple color. We stopped class for a few minutes to enjoy the view. And just as suddenly as the sky lit up in color, it went gray with the sinking of the sun. Only with the crisp fall air can the sky light up like that. It was a great way to end the week.

The pictures don't do the sky justice. . .


Nora Kay said...

This is very pretty Son. I can't wait to see it in person. You know red skies at night mean no rain the next day. We both love Fall weather. May it continue to be warm days and cool nights. Thanks for posting a beautiful description. Love You, Mom

BSB said...

You can feel a seasonal change sensitively.
So it's possible to be able to go on a delicate flower.

Now, it'll be a beautiful season of colored leaves, won't it?

Stephen Coler said...

mom -

the skies were beautiful again yesterday. the amazing colors only last for a few minutes, but they are amazing.

Stephen Coler said...


i hope this will be a beautiful autumn. autumn is my favorite season.

BSB said...

The four seasons clear in Japan.
It is felt that it is beautiful at any season.