Autumn colours by bicycle

Written by on October 11, 2012 in Bicycles, Perspectives - 18 Comments


Autumn is all too brief for my liking. It’s a splash of perfect apple weather – crisp, scarlet and ochre. You can’t walk down the street without being distracted by a tree or bush ablaze in golden or crimson glory.

Usually, I take a drive up north to soak up the autumn colours. But this year, I wanted to be different. Perhaps it might be more fun to take in some fall splendour from my bicycle. This way, I’d be truly immersed in this most diva of  seasons.

GraffitiAlong the Don Valley bike trail, there’s a ghetto slap of green and purple graffiti, just in case the warm October haze spins you too far away from reality. I’m a two-wheeled voyageur ogling the gaudy russet wares of a brazen Mother Nature. Just beyond the red and gold treetops, cars and trucks tear by, oblivious to the brilliant display below.

On a bicycle, I can see, smell and hear the autumnscape. The deep, musky smell of parched and withered leaves, the crunch of them under my tires, the rustling above me when the wind picks up. There’s a dry, cloying smell of clay and cement as I ride past a construction site – another condo tower invading the skyline.

Small auburn chipmunks squeak and dart in front of me, high-alert tails straight up in exclamation marks. A tiny brown sand snake wriggles across – I just barely miss him. And then, on the other side of the wire fence, a plump calico cat smells the air, her tawny and white coat blending in against the bronzed weeds.

As I pump away, my hamstrings ache gloriously, and the heat of the afternoon sun warms the back of my neck. It’s late in the day, and a round burgundy bush casts an oblong shadow on the tangled grass, still green – but not for long. As the autumn chill continues its relentless march towards winter, the dramatic Valley foliage will become a memory.

And then, it will be transformed again, into a cold smudged urban tundra …

18 Comments on "Autumn colours by bicycle"

  1. Christine Peets October 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm · Reply

    I am going to have so much fun reading this. I love your stye–for fashion, writing, and everything.

    You have definitely found a niche, and good for you for sticking with it.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm · Reply

      Thank you so much, Christine. High praise indeed, coming from yourself. I’ll send you some fodder for your blogging seminar over the weekend – it’s such a journey, and an incredible learning experience.

  2. Jon Jefferson October 30, 2012 at 3:50 am · Reply

    The colors you share in the pics are great. Probably the biggest reason that fall is my favorite season.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 30, 2012 at 3:59 am · Reply

      Love the colours of autumn, so bright and flamboyant. I often think the reason it’s such a short season is that our eyes would hurt from looking at all that colour for any longer than a few weeks. Thanks for stopping by and your kind words!

  3. Susan Cooper October 30, 2012 at 4:28 am · Reply

    I love your pictures. How fun that must have been on your bike. My favorite one is of the tree. :-), Susan

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm · Reply

      It was indeed a lovely experience to get up close to all that gorgeous scenery on my bike! Thanks for stopping by, Susan.

  4. Geek Girl October 30, 2012 at 11:46 am · Reply

    Here from BHB on LinkedIn. Nice to meet you!

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm · Reply

      Thank you for checking out my blog – nice to meet you too : ))

  5. Jena Isle October 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm · Reply

    How beautifully you describe it, Krystyna.

    I could almost smell and feel autumn around me. Your post also gave me the poignant feeling of my childhood days in our rural area.

    Your pictures are awesome too. Is there anyway, you can enlarge it? So we could see the details and appreciate them more. Thanks.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm · Reply

      Hi Jena! Very flattered that you could conjure up those childhood memories, which are so powerful. Still working on WordPress capabilities, I’ll see what I can do about enlarging the pics. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. Adeline Yuboco October 31, 2012 at 5:51 am · Reply

    It’s been a while since I’ve been able to experience the breathtaking colors of autumn. It’s one of the downsides of living in a tropical country. This post was a terrific second.

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm · Reply

      Goodness, that’s one of the first times I’ve seen “downside” and “living in a tropical country” in the same sentence. Thanks for dropping in, glad I was able to help you revisit autumn!

  7. Patrick Huff November 2, 2012 at 2:14 am · Reply

    You captured autumn beautifully. Certainly is my favorite season. great post.

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm · Reply

      Thanks, Patrick! It goes by so quickly – that’s one of the reasons I think we love it so much.

  8. Martin Casper November 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm · Reply

    Krystyna…I love the way you not only use pictures to create the imagery, you use very descriptive adjectives and colors to whet the appetite of the reader. Great article, to say the least! I really enjoyed it.

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm · Reply

      Martin, such kind words. Pictures are so important, that way the words don’t have to do all the heavy lifting.

  9. Lubna November 23, 2012 at 5:15 am · Reply

    This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm · Reply

      Well now thank you, Luba. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Can’t believe all those photos were taken just a few weeks ago – we’re moving into winter quickly this year.

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