Most of the trees around here are bare now, though the flowering cherry leaves around the neighborhood are hanging on in bright colors that make them look lit up. Our walnut tree is also taking its time; the leaves have just turned yellow, a color that adds a touch of warmth to the otherwise cold and rainy backyard. I'd forgotten just how much I enjoy being able to look out from the living room and watch a flock of chickens grazing, or making their way from place to place. There's something homey and comforting about it, to say nothing of the really flavorful eggs we're getting these days.
Most of all, though, with the occasional daytime darkness from storm clouds and the early dusk, the picture above suits my sense of the season. It's time to gather by the fire, as Jack has here, sitting close to the heat with his eyes closed, luxuriating in the cozy warmth.