When I was a kid, I lived for summer. No school, no responsibilities--just the freedom to run through fields, play in the creeks, and explore the forest on our (and usually our neighbors') land....usually with a book in tow. Summers in the country are heaven for a child.
The switch happened somewhere in my later college years--fall became my favorite season. It happened about the time I moved into the Rountree neighborhood near campus. To me, Rountree is the most perfect place to live in all of Springfield. The streets are lined with quaint bungalows, there are quiet sidewalks to walk down, and everywhere you look are the most beautiful trees. During the fall, they seem to stretch out as far as they can to show off their colors, and driving down Weller or Pickwick is like driving under a canopy of reds, yellows, and oranges. I always took more walks in the fall, and to this day, as soon as the leaves start to turn, I start taking drives in Rountree to get my giant dose of fall.
I can talk all I want about cooler weather (yay!), sweaters, boots, and everything pumpkin, but it never really seems like autumn has arrived until the Rountree trees say so. Of course, that won't keep me from trying to usher it in anyway, but I'm pining for that first real fall drive through my old neighborhood. Today marks the first day of my favorite season, so I know it's coming soon! I thought I'd celebrate with a few pictures from one of those many many (many!) college walks I took years ago. Happy Autumn!