A Walk in the October Woods, Just in Time for Halloween

| 10/30/2012 11:51:28 AM

Tags: Autumn, Halloween, Folklore, Plant lore, Aspen, Birch, Juniper, Oak, Witch Hazel, Cindy Murphy,

Imagine yourself on an early evening walk through the October woods. The air is crisp, the color is brilliant, fallen leaves crunch under your feet, and there’s an earthy, musky fragrance unique to this enchanting season.    

      Autumn woods

Come.  Let’s take a walk.  There’s magic to be found in the autumn woods.

A small grove of young quaking aspen stands at the edge of the forest.


They set the tone for our walk; the slightest breeze seems to bring the trees to life, setting every leaf trembling.  The clamorous rustling is like a symphony of rattling bones.  In the Language of Flowers’ Sentiments and Symbolism, the aspen represents fear. 

cindy murphy
11/6/2012 9:33:27 PM

Me too, Michelle - walking through leaves - great big piles of them - is one of my favorite things about fall. Here in town, the streets are lined with maples, plenty of them over 100 years old. One hundred year old maples make a lot of leaves. We don't bag them; they get raked to the curb for the leaf-sucker-upper truck to come take away. You are supposed to rake them TO the curb, not off the curb and into the street. Street leave piles are fair game. Shelby and I were walking to the movie store one night recently, and neither used the sidewalk - we walked through those above-the-knee piles of leaves instead. It was heavenly!

michelle house
11/5/2012 9:38:43 PM

Cindy, I love walking in the leaves, the sound of crunching, the smell that wafts up, when you kick them up. I never knew the tale about oak leaves, very interesting. Thank you for sharing. Hugs Michelle

cindy murphy
10/31/2012 11:59:21 AM

Good memory, Dave - Halloween is my absolute favorite. I don't know if I'll be decorating the yard this year; the porch is done...and needs to be redone. It's been incredibly windy and rainy here, courtesy of the hurricane, and some of the porch decorations were destroyed. I think it'll be too windy to bring out the big stuff for the yard. Feathers seem to be the theme this year for the girls' costumes, and I've been up to my eyeballs in them. Shelby is going as a 'Fallen Angel' which involved making a set of shoulder- to-floor length wings; too old to collect candy, but the National Honor Society kids are Treat-or-Tricking for Unicef, (and of course, there were high-school Halloween parties that apparently required elaborate costumes). Shannon decided she wanted to be a peacock, which apparently requires an elaborate tail. I might not be crafty, but I'm pretty handy with a staple gun. I have a feeling though, with the wind and rain, they'll be molting tonight, and leaving behind a trail of wet feathers. Happy Halloween to you to, and hope Bradley saves some of the good candy for you.

nebraska dave
10/30/2012 11:20:07 PM

Cindy, after reading your post, I now remember that this is one of your favorite holidays. Will you be decorating your yard and wearing your costume as usual? My grandson will be Harry Potter this year and is looking forward to the school parade tomorrow. He's already been to a couple special places to trick or treat and will be going again tomorrow. The weather looks like it will be favorable for the little munchkins. We have a place here called Valla's Pumpkin Patch. It's really more than a pumpkin patch. They have all sorts of things for kids to run through and jump on. The best part is the corn maze. Do they have anything like that in your area? The best of the season to you and your family. Have a great Halloween.

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