I am not a summer person.  I hate being hot, and this summer has been that and then some!  So it is with great relief I observe the shortening days, cooler temperatures, and the gorgeous fall colors.  There's a quality to the light this time of year that feels magical, especially around dusk.  Maybe it's because I have a fall birthday, but this time of year always makes me feel-- connected-- to the earth in the way I don't normally.  I feel more alive.  

I took a few photos this weekend, some of a rare visitor to my yard (a melanistic fox squirrel, which I've never seen before!), others are just prettiness.  Look behind the cut to see them.

melanistic fox squirrel
Isn't she gorgeous?  Normally I get annoyed by squirrels eating all my bird seed, but somehow I didn't mind this time.

Here's another shot:
Another pic of the melanistic fox squirrel
She would come right up and take peanuts from my fingers (though she would have nothing to do with a piece of banana-pecan pancake), and even let me touch her head (which I probably shouldn't do, but...). Very brave!

This is the current view looking east from my front walk:
Fall foliage
I know it won't last long, but while it does- wow!

And speaking of that quality of the light at dusk this time of year - here is a shot of last night's sunset, looking west from my back yard.
Fall sunset, Boulder CO

There are more pix on my Flickr stream
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