Once September rolled around I began anticipating the leaves changing color. My fingers were crossed hoping for a vibrant show this year. As I hiked in various locations I made mental notes each time I came to a spot I thought would look particularly good once the reds and yellows and oranges were on display. Three days of steady wind in mid-October just before they peaked completely annihilated any chance of getting good foliage photographs.
I did not despair. I simply changed my focus. Rather than visit or re-visit locations where nice hardwood ridges would offer me the photo opportunities I'd been noting, I gravitated to coastline locations. I encountered numerous sunsets with the splendid rich colors one only sees at this time of year as the sun's arc ends on the horizon more to the south. I repeatedly found great color on the ground and in the low scrub bushes of barren areas.
As usual I ride my motorcycle through thick and thin. Several idyllic afternoons had me cruising around happily as if it had been the middle of summer, while a few chilly sub-zero rides home in the dark were a little less pleasant. On one occasion I went over my boots late in the day while crossing a bog only to have my pants freeze solid on the ride home. The addition of heated grips has enhanced my general comfort in the cold but they don't have much effect on waterlogged shins.
After the recent snow fall there can be little doubt that winter is on its way. I'm looking forward to lots of snowshoeing and skiing. Until then I will leave you with a collection of photos taken around Guysborough County during the last five or six weeks.