The working title for this week’s blog was Fall from my Window, but under the present circumstances, I thought this might cause alarm. Although I have spent the last 10 days indoors due to Canadian Government travel self-isolation regulations, I am keeping well and doing fine. My window is a comfort, not a danger.
I cleaned out the front garden before leaving on the trip. The trees were still green. No frost was forecast. Fall was not in sight. At our destination, the palm trees remain green year-round.
Since our return, my fall experience has consisted mostly of a previously unnoticed view from the master bedroom. I can see colourful geraniums, the pinks and reds in shrubs and the golden yellows of the black locust trees. The local squirrel who lives in the tree has been leaving the still-thriving geraniums alone. It is foraging in the neighbour’s space instead.
During this isolation, others have shared views of fall. One of my favourite attractions is the Royal Ontario Museum. I have spent hours going through the exhibits but never really paid much attention the gardens on Bloor Street. This week, a link to video featuring Assistant Curator of Botany, Deborah Metsger, arrived in my inbox. The ROM urban garden consists of carefully chosen native plants. When I can safely get downtown again, this garden will be a destination for me.
Since the spring, blogger Emanuel Melo has been posting beautiful and uplifting photography featuring Rosetta McClain Gardens, Lake Ontario and the Scarborough Bluffs. It has been wonderful to journey through the seasons through the lens of this work. Many of those images have inspired my artwork. Favourite shares this week are of fall colours through the mist.
I have just a few days left alone. I look forward to hugging my family and to walking the dog. I cannot wait to see the colours, feel the mist and smell the fall air. Fall from my window is good, but the full sensory experience is better. Thanks to all for providing autumnal inspiration in the meantime.