October in Ohio

At least, how it looks from my front yard, this morning. October is my favorite month for many reasons, but one big reason is the contrasts of colors you get in it.

21 Comments on “October in Ohio”

  1. October is my favorite month as well, mostly for the color but also for the cooler temps. Color up here in NE Ohio has been excellent this year. I’m making time this weekend to hit a trail for a final peek.

  2. We here in the Queen City (I’m trying to reclaim that nickname from the barbarians who want us to be The ‘Nati) are having a much more colorful October than in recent years. Lots of late summer rain I suppose. Nothing like New England however.

  3. crotchetyoldfan – The Crotchety Old Fan is Steve Davidson, also know as Rimworlder on many SF forums. Steve maintains the Rim Worlds Concordance project which is devoted to the works of A. Bertram Chandler and his most enduring character - Commodore John Grimes of the Rim Worlds Naval Reserve. Grimes is science fiction’s original ‘Horatio Hornblower of Space’. More information about Chandler, Grimes and the Rim Worlds can be found at www.rimworlds.com. Steve also maintains a visual index of volume 1, number 1 pulp science fiction magazines on the same website and is a devoted collector of the same. ‘I’m an ‘old’ SF fan, which you can take whichever way you like, as I love the old masters (Heinlein, Clarke, Asimov, E.F. Russell, Piper, Cordwainer Smith) and I’m well beyond the age you’re not supposed to trust anymore’. This blog is devoted to an investigation of the growing divide between ‘old’ - or ‘classic’ science fiction and the moderan literary genre that is currently sold under the same name. Steve has also begun writing reviews for www.SFReader.com, expects to be doing the same for www.SFSignal.com, and is contributing various non-fiction pieces to various other websites, all of them concerned with science fiction of one stripe or another. Early in 2008 he became completely disappointed with the SciFi Channel and created The Classic Science Fiction Channel website that gathers links to public domain radio, television, film and literary properties. Steve had a successful non-fiction writing career - writing articles and books dealing primarily with the paintball industry (Four books and several hundred articles including editorializing, product reviews, sports reporting, educational and more) - which he has since given up in favor of blogging and fiction. (Leaving the paintball industry after 25 years.) One final book on this subjected is scheduled to be released in early 2009 (A Parent's Guide To Paintball). Current work on fiction includes several completed novellettes/novellas curently in submission hell and various chapters of three novels. Freely distributed current work - including several chapters of a science fiction/paintball novel and a pulp/comic book/fairy tale mashup can be found on his website.
    crotchetyoldfan

    I think it looked a little different from Boca Raton last night.

  4. October in the Midwest (Michigan, in my case) is one of the few things I miss. But I’d miss my mountains and sunshine more. My solution? Visit in October.

  5. October colors are great, November can be a drag as the leaves are gone but the snow has not hidden the dirt yet.

    Not really political so I hope its not too early but I live in a flyover state so we are being ignored by both candidates – would you care to comment on life in Ohio these days? It sounds like one giant campaign rally after another with endless phone calls & door knocking (I think that was David’s joke) – is it that bad? If you needed an excuse to turn off the TV & radio I bet this would be a good one.

  6. That’s a lovely tree. One thing about living in nice, warm Texas is that we don’t get a whole lot of fall color, but I *do not* miss snow. Had enough to last the rest of my life when the Navy sent me to snowy places.

    Frankly @10:21: I also live in an ignored market, and I’d love to know how the people of lovely Ohio are managing to put up with all the politicking.

  7. We just drove from MN to Washington DC for a family vacation. MN in October is past prime leaf time but Ohio did look beautiful with all of the trees changing. West Virginia was even better though. Also, here is a shout out for everyone to visit the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. My kids actually preferred it to the Air and Space Smithsonian. My 11 year old son is now researching the Dolittle Raid on Japan during WWII.

  8. I was in (my hometown in) Ohio this past week marveling at the fall color and how much more vibrant it is than here in (my present home in) the DC area; watching it get brighter and more fiery along the drive up, and then watching it get muted and more subtle along the drive back, was very special. (Right now I’m loving the trees that are still green on the bottom and – I think – western edges, but red and gold on the top and eastern sides.)

  9. The colors are really beautiful, but lately I don’t know what to wear to work in the morning! I have to walk between campus buildings to go teach my classes, so I need to predict whether it’s warm out or not. And one day I’ll bring a light jacket and it’s /freezing/, and another day I’ll bring my coat and it’s /warm/ out! I overheard some of my students chatting in groups the other day, and one asked the others, “Are you from Ohio? Is it normal for the weather so WEIRD here?” And everyone replied, “Yeah . . . it’s because it’s Ohio.”

    I appreciate your shoutout for the Air Force Museum, MNmom. :D The place truly is amazing (and completely free!). I live just around the corner (so to speak) from it, and on days that we need to relax and recharge a bit, my boyfriend and I head over to look at the planes.

    (Oh, and to those asking about politics . . . I don’t watch TV or have a landline phone, and haven’t had any people come knocking on my door. So life is normal, basically.)

  10. As a native of Pennsylvania, living in Texas for the last 10 years, I *do* miss seasons AND snow. No lovely show of color on the leaves down here; the pecan trees just get brown and drop their leaves all at once around Thanksgiving. I hope to someday soon get back to the northeast so I can enjoy seasons again.

  11. Summer is my favorite, but that’s due to my childhood, youth, and mannish boy days, which were largely spent on tropical islands. Still, you’re right about the colors of Autumn. Nothing like it.

  12. Jules Jones – I'm a writer of romance and science fiction/fantasy. My main blog is at Dreamwidth, since that's where a lot of my friends are, but some of the less inane wibble gets mirrored on WordPress.
    Jules Jones

    That is gorgeous. Thanks for posting that, it brightened what has been a rather long day.

  13. vmiskell – Florida (originally from NJ) – I am a college writing instructor, a writer, and a poet. My short fiction has appeared in ROSEBUD, INTERTEXT, ECLIPSE, and in the SF paperback anthology, the AGE OF WONDER. My poetry has appeared in THE LYRIC, POETIC VOICES OF AMERICA, and MOBIUS. In 2006, my poem "Screen Savior" was nominated for a Rhysling Award and my poems have appeared in ASIMOV'S SF mag (Sept. and Oct./Nov. 2006 and March 2010). My poem, "Seven Dates with a Time Traveler," appeared online in the May 2007 issue of FROM THE ASYLUM. "Giving the World Away for Almost You" appeared in the December 2010 issue of AOIFE'S KISS. "Now We Are" appeared in the April-June 2011 issue of STAR*LINE. My poem "Our Canine Defense Team" came in second in Asimov's Science Fiction Twenty-Fifth Annual Readers' Awards. Currently, I have 8 ebooks on Amazon and Smashwords, including the free download, "Godspeed Inc.: A Naomi Kinder SF Adventure."
    Vin Miskell

    Wow, this scene looks so familiar! It looks like an area close to where my wife and I lived a few years ago, close to the Easton Town Center. We lived on Charter Oak Way in the Easton Commons, Columbus, OH. Now, we’re back in South FL. Fall was pretty there, but winters here are much warmer.

  14. Oh that’s a pretty tree!

    We have a teeny tiny garden (no purty trees); but I love going running in the local “country park” (er, it’s a wooded area with paths) at this time of year, seeing all the changes in the colours of the trees.

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