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The colours of autumn in Maine this year were like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I swear I’ve passed this tree a thousand times and never seen a fire like this lighting up the landscape of route one. On that day, it was freezing, literally. I had woken up to frost on the car and couldn’t turn on the heated seats fast enough (also thank god for heated steering wheels). I ventured out into the morning, made a quick stop at Dunkin for coffee and a cider doughnut and went out hunting for foliage. The plan was just to look and take pictures later. I had two weeks ahead of me. But on this day, I couldn’t resist. I saw this fiery beauty and jumped out into the frozen air to capture it then and there. Thank goodness I was bundled in knits, shearling and thermal underwear. You may call that drastic, but my body was thanking me for being prepared.
I can say, there was definitely a reason I saw that tree, then and there, on that day. That night we had an incredible Noreaster storm that came and shook the whole of New England. It took with it almost every trace of a fresh autumn. The day after, as I was driving to Biddeford, I passed this tree once again and not a single leaf remained. All traces of this beauty had gone for the season. Just a lesson in doing things then and there and never waiting. Ok, universe, I’m listening and I understand what you’re passing down here for messages.
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