#writephoto — I Miss This

4E6FE625-ED1F-4609-9D28-2C75214C5B47I don’t miss the hot, muggy, oppressive summers, the frequent and sometimes severe thunderstorms, the mosquitoes and ticks. I don’t miss the dismal, gray, bone-chillingly cold, snowy, icy winters. I don’t miss paying the outrageous winter heating bills and summer air conditioning bills.

But, since moving from New England to San Francisco a decade ago, I do miss one thing. I do miss the colors of autumn.

The temperatures in San Francisco are generally temperate throughout the year. With relatively rare exceptions, the city is blessed with mild winters and cool summers. The only real weather changes are the rains in winter (it’s dry for months at a time in summer), and a slight warm-up in September and October.

Hence, few trees in the city in which I now live shed their leaves in the fall. And for those few trees that do, their leaves go from green to brown to the ground. No reds. No oranges. No yellows. Just green to brown to gone.

In order to see any colorful fall foliage around the Bay Area, you need to travel outside of the city. But even then, it just doesn’t match the symphony of colors you can experience in the northeast United States.

And I miss that.

But the good news is that there are no leaves to rake.


Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt.

23 thoughts on “#writephoto — I Miss This

  1. Sadje October 5, 2019 / 11:08 am

    The colors of fall are truly spectacular. But template climate is a big blessing. So overall not a bad bargain

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  2. jenanita01 October 5, 2019 / 11:09 am

    Here in the UK, I think the weather has jumped the gun. It’s turned cold, but no sign of the leaves falling yet. They haven’t turned colour yet, either…

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  3. rugby843 October 5, 2019 / 11:13 am

    Then don’t look at my last post. I always feel homesick this time of year😕☺️

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  4. iidorun October 5, 2019 / 12:32 pm

    I felt the same way when we moved from NH to San Jose. There is nothing like Fall in New England! We’ve moved back to the east coast (but not New England) so we now get to see the leaves but the feel is the same. Thanks for this trip down memory lane!

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  5. Scherezade Ozwulo October 5, 2019 / 12:34 pm

    I’m from New England too…and Florida don’t look nothing like this. I just want the reds, yellows, oranges, and browns; the crisp in the morn, and the smell of burning firewood. CT can keep the snow😉

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  6. Marleen October 5, 2019 / 12:52 pm

    I love the leaves, and clearly changing seasons.

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    • Fandango October 5, 2019 / 6:05 pm

      I don’t miss the winters in the east and there are a few really good pizza places near me in SF.

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  7. Sue Vincent October 6, 2019 / 11:10 am

    The leaves here are starting to turn and fall… but one good gale and they will be gone for another year.

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  8. BeckiesMentalMess.wordpress.com October 6, 2019 / 11:22 am

    I’m from New Jersey, so I am quite familiar with all the reasons for loathing the winter/summer months of higher costing bills, and the ice/sleet/snow to the Brutal heat and humidity.
    However, Autumn is something I can’t live without.
    My roommate and I are planning on moving to North Carolina in roughly a year-year and a half because neither one of us wants to lose the Autumn, but we can’t do Winter anymore. Or at least the types of winter we get here in the Northeast, like New England.

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  9. leigha66 October 7, 2019 / 2:53 am

    The trees get pretty nice around here in Iowa. Autumn is my favorite time of year.

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  10. willowdot21 October 9, 2019 / 11:02 am

    Living in England we have all four seasons, sometimes in one day 💜 I do love Autumn 💜

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