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Date:7/22/2014 10:50:05 PM
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Late Autumn
As much as I love the colors of Autumn, I admit that I also have a fondness for the bareness of late Autumn. Hal Borland, the naturalist who I love to quote, stated that each November he was moved by the widening of the horizons of his countryside of rural Connecticut. The fallen leaves revealed a wider view of his world. It is the same thing here at La Ferme Sabloneuse. I can now see under the trees and through their bare branches. It is at this time that the upland fowl hunter can hope to shoot partridge, quail, and pheasants as they fly. The photos that I've posted were taken by my Ruthie. It shows that even though most of the hardwood leaves have fallen, the oaks still retain their burgundy and brown colors and when they catch the setting sun, they display a stark beauty all their own. Until the first permanent snowfall of winter, this country around me will possess a brown and grey beauty that I've grown to love. As Kenneth Grahame's Moley, in "The Wind in the Willows" realized, "He was glad that he liked the country undecorated, hard, and stripped of its finery. He had got down to the bare bones of it, and they were fine and strong and simple."

The countryside of late Autumn, with its watery blue skies of daytime and its deep, starlit nights, belongs to the hunter. A countryman can see to hunt, and has the time and temperatures to preserve, wild game. It is "not for nothing" that the Autumn constellations are dominated by Orion the Hunter. I love November. It is the time for walking the countryside in the lag time after the harvest and stocking the larder for the dark months ahead. -- Gary
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