Thursday, October 28, 2010

October's Bright Blue Weather

We had the most amazing weather today - the temperature reached 77 degrees and the sky was a bright blue with many unusual cloud formations.  I am trying to defeat a cold so I was inside most of the day.  When I walked down to the mailbox this afternoon, I just had to come back to the house and grab my camera to try to capture the incredible skies.

I thought I'd share a few photos with you.  I was reminded of a poem my Mother used to recite (she loved poetry and also wrote a lot of poems).  It is by Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) and is called October's Bright Blue Weather.  I found a copy of the poem on

O suns and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather;

When loud the bumblebee makes haste,
Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And goldenrod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

When gentians roll their fingers tight
To save them for the morning,
And chestnuts fall from satin burrs
Without a sound of warning;

When on the ground red apples lie
In piles like jewels shining,
And redder still on old stone walls
Are leaves of woodbine twining;

When all the lovely wayside things
Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
And in the fields still green and fair,
Late aftermaths are growing;

When springs run low, and on the brooks,
In idle golden freighting,
Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush
Of woods, for winter waiting;

When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
By twos and twos together,
And count like misers, hour by hour,
October's bright blue weather.

O sun and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October's bright blue weather.


We are expecting a significant drop in temperature to something more seasonal by the weekend.  I hope it stays relatively mild for the trick-or-treaters on Sunday.

I received a second package yesterday and I am figuring out just how to use the items that were in the box.  I need a bit more practice and then I will share my progress with you...sometime next week...

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  1. WOW! Natures Majesty!
    What a great set of pictures!

  2. Beautiful photos. He Makes Everything Beautiful in his time.

  3. Amazing pics!!! They look like paintings. TFS. Hope you feel better.

  4. Great pictures. I am glad I was able to see exactly the same clouds in Brookline, Ma. I wish I had my camera then. Get well soon.

  5. Beautiful pictures and I love the poem. My mother also remembers a lot of poetry ( she's 81). Back in the day of their schooling, learning poetry was a must. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful pictures. I just love October in the North East. There is nothing like it anywhere else.

  7. Super pretty pictures and what a beautiful poem. Would love it if you shared more poems with us!

    I have to share with you my purchase from M's yesterday. I've been loving your cards with the MS punch around the page, so bought my 1st and 2nd ones! I picked up the bubble bath set and the cracked glass set - both on clearance, then used my Oprah coupon to buy an MS ribbon punch. Really cool how it punches both sides. Thanks for inspiring us! A crafting I go this weekend!

  8. You have the most delightful posts. I have checked in on you from time to time and always enjoy your Cricut projects. But the posts like today are such a lovely surprise. I am always glad I took a moment to see what "Capadia" is up to.

  9. I love the blue sky. Those pics are amazing. I hope you feel better soon!

  10. Wow pictures - not sure I've ever seen the skies like that. Maybe I never noticed.

    Like the poem too - what a great scrapbooking poem to use on a page with your Mom.


  11. You found the perfect poem to go with your photos! And what amazing photos those are!

  12. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos and lovely poem!

  13. How fabulously blessed you are to see such gorgeous skies! TFS

  14. Absolutely beautiful photographs! God truly is our inspiration. Thanks for brightening our day.

  15. Amazing photos and I love that poem. I will be making note of it and sharing it, I am sure!

  16. What gorgeous pictures...great poem. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  17. Diane
    Thanks for sharing with us. Love the skies and the poetry is wonderful. October is such a grand month.

  18. Gorgeous pictures!! It is unseasonably warm in Buffalo too, but chilling off. Fall is a beautiful time of year. And we spent 5 days in Cancun (23rd- 28th) about gorgeous!!!

  19. Beautiful skies and amazing photography! Thank you for sharing! I love to watch the changing skies - the clouds, sunrises, sunsets and moon phases - there is nothing more majestic. I've always said Mother Nature is the greatest painter ever! :D


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