THE OCTOBER COUNTRY … that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coalbins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain…
Ray Bradbury, epigraph to The October Country (1955)
October is my favorite month, there is just something about the changing of the seasons that is just perfect. Often I take my best photos of the year in October, so I collected my favorites, taken only in October. And as I was trying to decide why October was my favorite month I realized it’s because it appeals to all 5 of my senses.
Hearing: The sounds of October are unique, no other time of the year can will the sounds of people beings scared shitless and eerie organ music … hopefully. Then there are just the sounds of the harvest time, crunching leaves and festival music.
Touch: The crunch of fallen leaves, that nip in the air that says it’s time to pull out the soft, fuzzy sweaters, a chilly breeze on your face that gives you a reason to cuddle close, October feels fantastic. I’ve lived in a lot of different climates and there’s always something special about October weather, in Oregon there was no nip in the air, but the fog really rolled in in October, in New York the leaves were in the height of their beauty and it was just cold enough to need that thick sweater and umbrella, here in Arizona it’s still pretty warm in the day, but as soon as the sun goes down (earlier and earlier every night) the air gets crisp.
Taste: The culinary aspect of October is another reason I love this time of year so much. As the weather gets colder the food and drinks get warmer, summer’s iced coffees turn into pumpkin spice lattes and hot chocolate with Baileys in it. Comfort food is in season, thick pea soup and warm bread with apple cider is quite possibly the best meal of all time. I know it gets blown out of proportion, but pumpkin spice flavored things are delicious. And the candy, free candy always tastes better.
Smell: All those wonderful tasting things smell fantastic, spices and ripe apples and candy corn. And that’s just the food, the weather also smells amazing – fallen leaves and rain storms. Then there’s the pumpkin innards and candles that herald the best holiday of the year.
Sight: This is probably my favorite one, as evidenced by the fact that I couldn’t narrow my favorite October photos down to fewer than 41. I could go through and describe all the reasons why I love the look of October, the textures and the colors and whatnot, but they say that a picture is worth 1,000 words so scroll through the photos and save my fingers and your eyeballs 41,000 words.