It's that picture perfect time of year... when the sun paints beautiful, vivid colors across the sky - both when it rises, and when it sets. Our house is in the perfect spot for watching as the sky changes colors. Our kitchen windows face the east, and the large living room window faces the west.
After the busyness of my day, I love to come home and kick off my shoes... I can watch the sun set, while sipping a glass of wine, relaxing and unwinding from my work day. The sky lights up in all different shades of yellows and oranges. It's a perfect time in the evening to go for a walk and enjoy the scenery around me! There is a beautiful park here in Midland, with bridges that cross over the river. The sunsets are spectacular from there too! The colors, lighting up the sky and reflecting in the water... Breathtaking!
Before moving here, I always lived in a city - where there was a lot of hustle and bustle all around me... I've seen lots of beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the city too... but the season changes were not as defined as they are here. I love the city, and I am really am a city girl at heart, but I can honestly say there is no feeling more peaceful to me, than being here to witness the sunrises and sunsets in the country... to see the colors of the trees, when they go from green to the gorgeous deep reds and golds... to feel the chill in the air, in the quiet peacefulness of our yard, as the seasons change from summer to fall!
I really try to make the most of this time of year, because I know that lurking right around the corner is the harsh winter... beautiful, yes... but it's also freezing, and it can get quite dreary, and it lasts way too long! That's when I feel like hibernating. Who wants to venture outside to deal with that... well, I guess my son does, he loves the winter! I look out the window in the winter - and I see snow drifts and I see ice... and I see no way out, because there's at least three feet of snow that has covered the driveway! I long for the sunshine. Winter is a lot of work, out come the snow shovels and the snow plows... are we having fun yet?! Although, the very first snowfall is beautiful! Very picturesque! I must admit, the photographer in me will venture out to take that perfect shot, even if it is 20 degrees below zero!!
I do live in a place where I can really appreciate the true change of seasons, and it is incredible...