Fabulous Fall in Colorful Colorado-Celebrate the Colors

by MBC

Thanksgiving happens in the fall. Autumn is when the harvest is in and we celebrate the abundance in our lives. Here in Colorado the Aspen trees are famous.

Autumn is when the days and nights are the same length, then, gradually the nights become longer until Winter. At the time when the days and nights are pretty even is when the veil between the physical world and the spirit world is thinner and communication easier. This occurs on All Hallows Eve also known as All Saints Day or Halloween. Autumn is a time of balance, but balance cannot last. So we are preparing for the colder weather and shorter days. It is a time to rest and go within after our summer of work in the fields (or elsewhere). I personally enjoy nights that cool down to 70 or less since I do not have air conditioning. Once it frosts allergy season is over - yippee! In my opinion, Spring and Fall are the best seasons, while summer is too hot and winter is too cold for me.

I live here in Colorado and I always try to take a fall trip to the mountains to photograph the aspen trees in all their glory. If you have never seen them I suggest that you plan a week or ten days for a vacation in Colorado next autumn. It's not far off now! I can't wait to try out my new camera of those fabulous landscapes.

Over the weekend I went to Kenosha Pass, Colorado and the aspens were at their peak! So I took lots of photos and will be uploading them over the coming weeks. Be prepared for spectacular!

Are You Invited Over for Thanksgiving Dinner?

This would make a lovely hostess gift if you are invited to Thanksgiving dinner.
Take your hostess a gift
Take your hostess a gift

Kids Love to Jump in a Pile of Leaves in Autumn

According to mythology fall is when the Goddess Persephone is banished back to the underworld. This is the time when Demeter, morning Persephone, makes the earth barren again. We witness the death of the trees, at least temporarily. The metaphor of death can be celebrated in the autumn colors.

Fall is also wildfire season. The trees are dry and the winds come up – perfect opportunity for a fire.

Thanksgiving is celebrated annually on the 4th Thursday in November. Further down I will present to you a wonderful pumpkin soup recipe to try.

Which Season Do You Think is Best?

Autumn is a Wonderful Time to Do Outdoor Photographs

These photos were taken by me, please honor the copyright and do not duplicate Photography is a great hobby to take up in the fall. Be sure you get good equipment.
Fall Birthday Greeting Card
Fall Birthday Greeting Card
Aspen Mountain Scene Frosting Rounds
Aspen Mountain Scene Frosting Rounds
Pumpkin Soup - Great Autumn Recipe for Halloween or Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Soup - Great Autumn Recipe for Halloween or Thanksgiving

Prep time 10 min  -  Total time 135 min
Ingredients for 8 servings
6 cups of cubed bread  • 1 pumpkin (Rouge Vif d-Etampes)  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil  • 1 lb. leeks (about 5 medium)  • 1 medium fennel bulb chopped  • 6 carlic cloves minced  • 1 teaspoon powdered saffron  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried Thyme  • 1 Tablespoon fresh tarragon  • 1 teaspoon salt  • 1/2 teaspoon frish ground black pepper  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half  • 1/2 lb. Gruyere cheese in 1/2" cubes

Preheat over to 350F

Put the bread cubes on a cookie sheet and bake them for 10 minutes, stirring once. Remove from oven and set aside.

Cut a 6-inch diameter lid from the top of the pumpkin. With a sharp spoon, scrape out the seeds and membrane. Place the pumpkin on a shallow baking pan.

In a large saute pan heat the oil and saute the leeks, fennel, and garlic until tender, about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the saffron, thyme, tarragon, salt, pepper, ground red pepper, and the bread cubes, tossing to max thoroughly. Pour in the chicken broth and half-and-half, stir gently and ladle the mixture into the pumpkin. The pumpkin should be filled within 2 inches of the top. Distribute the cheese cubes on top and replace the lid.

Bake the pumpkin for about 1 1/2 hours and then remove the lid and bake for another 1/2 hour, or until the pumpkin flesh is tender and the cheese is golden brown. If the skin starts to pucker around the outside, test for doneness.

Watch carefully as the pumpkin will fall apart if overcooked.

Transfer the pumpkin to a large, warm serving platter or bowl. To serve, use a large serving spoon to scoop out some of the soup into each bowl, then scrape some of the flesh from the pumpkin and add it to the soup. Be careful not to break through the skin, as the liquid will leak out.

Recipe excerpt from Recipes from the Garden by Rosalind Creasy

Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (2 Votes)

Thanksgiving is the Primary Fall Holiday

Fall is a time to give thanks for all you have experienced and harvested in the prior year. It is a time to remember the cycles of birth, aging, death and rebirth. Has your year been bountiful? Be thankful for whatever you have sewn. A grateful attitude can bring in abundance. So count your blessings now. It is a time to share food and offer flowers. Autumn does not last long enough for me. I guess that is what makes it so precious. I’m a photography buff, so I have a good time during autumn.

Are you traveling this Thanksgiving? Get there in style with some new luggage.

My Original Photos of a Fall Leaf Viewing Trip - I have copyrighted them

Please DO NOT copy or use in any way
Cattails by Stream at Yampa River Botanic Park
Cattails by Stream at Yampa River Botanic Park
The Aspen
The Aspen

Here are some Fall Images I Recently Posted to Viewbug - You can purchase them there just click link under the photo.

Maple Leaves Start to Turn
Maple Leaves Start to Turn
Flaming Orange Bush
Flaming Orange Bush
Updated: 03/01/2019, MBC
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MBC on 11/21/2014

Oh, too bad. I just LOVE autumn.

David on 11/21/2014

great pictures just been too busy this year and missed the trees

MBC on 10/29/2014

Yes, I have left the state to live, but always return here. The weather here is optimum in my view. Thanks for your comments.

paperfacets on 10/29/2014

I always thought autumn was my favorite season but when it was time to vote I marked summer. I love when it warm outside. I must take another visit to Colorado.

MBC on 10/12/2014

You are right. It is especially pretty this year because we had a wet one with a late first snow. You will have to plan a visit here.

cmoneyspinner on 10/11/2014

Never been to Colorado but have always wanted to visit. Autumn is a most fantastic time of the year. :)

MBC on 10/11/2014

Yes, I have tried the recipe and did enjoy it very much - hope you like it.

Mira on 10/11/2014

I enjoyed this. I like this season too, and I was fortunate to catch some great light this autumn over here in Bucharest while walking in parks. Your soup recipe sounds really good. Have you tried it? I may try it very soon :)

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