If you look around you, you'll notice the change in the season and all the beauty it brings to the world. The leaves that change colors, the animals leaving for their yearly migration or the temperature getting cooler. I think my favorite season has to be autumn because of the colors, it's perfect for photography, especially if you time it right for the peak of the changing colors. The other day my mom and I drove just over an hour to a park overlooking the port city of Duluth, Minnesota, on the southwestern shore of Lake Superior just to see the sunrise. So many trees had changed color, but many were still just getting ready to change, it was beautiful but I know it's even more so when the forests of Northern Minnesota are at their peak. On the way home certain stretches of the highway were flanked on both sides by leaves of dark reds and reddish oranges, I hadn't realized just how much beauty you miss when you drive in the dark.

The chilly temperatures at this time of the year also help remind us of the beauty of the changing seasons, without the cold the mosquitos and other bugs make too much of an annoyance to enjoy the outdoors. It's also a nice respite from the brutally hot and humid summers we get up here, while we get 2 or 3 weeks of temperatures that are just perfect before the brutally cold winters set in. The changing of the seasons are also good reminders that with everything going on in the world, nature continues on. We may have changed our life temporarily, which has kept many of us anxiously awaiting normality, but if you step out into nature you realize that normal is just a short trip away.

I think if we were to compare the COVID-19 situation to a season, we are certainly in the dead of winter waiting on things to get better so we can leave home without much worry. As we move into winter, we know that it doesn't last forever and neither will our distance from each other. A newness, a spring, will come again sooner than we may think and we will begin anew. Nature is a great reminder of the things that are bigger than we are, things that help us to remember that in the end, everything will be alright.