Posted by: jeannineatkins | October 22, 2008

Stop, and Look, and Listen

Nasty rumors of snow in Vermont — mnn, thanks, Jo! jbknowles) Fall colors are fleeting, and I’m trying to store them in as much as possible. Walking while I can walk without slipping on ice or trudging through snow. Our little town doesn’t have much in the way of attractions, but it does have a lot of trees. A few days ago a car passed going along at about 20 mph, with a guy sticking out his arm, camera in hand.

Hey! It’s all right to park and get out and look!

Maybe even listen. P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins, remembered being a child who believed trees talked to each other but fell silent when she stepped into the forest. Her strategy: “Be still long enough, I thought, and the trees would take no notice of me and continue whatever it was they were doing or saying before I happened upon them.”



  1. Just beautiful. I always thought if I was still enough, the fairies and elves would come out.

  2. So is it almost past the time for fall foliage? We’re headed to CT tomorrow (family visit), and I’m guessing the leaves have mostly fallen. 😦
    Are those hydrangeas in the front of the photo?

  3. I thought the same thing as P.L. Travers. Who knew?

  4. The fairies and elves may at least peak. Be still, be still…

  5. I’d say it’s past peak, and many leaves have fallen, but it’s still very very pretty. Good of your family not to have waited for another week.
    And yes, I photographed the dried hydrangeas in front for my daughter, as she’s said they’re her favorite flower. Sweet of you to notice (I’ll see if she does!)

  6. Good company! I’m just reading some of her essays in a very random way. I didn’t know that she was totally gorgeous, too; I guess I just figured someone scrawnier with a pointy nose and umbrella…

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