Thursday, October 8, 2020

Fall is in the Air - A Review of 2020 Fall Favorites


tree filled with fall leaves of orange & red
Fall 2020
Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the chilly nights, the cool and crisp days, and the wonderful array of colors in nature.  Fall is the time for apples and carmels, sausage and sauerkraut, colorful mums, and fall festivals.  Fall is also the time for candy corn, Halloween, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin pie and of course Thanksgiving.  

Fall is also a wonderful time for photography.  The sun is not quite as intense and therefore the lighting is better for daytime photographs.  I love to wander in neighborhood parks and on trails and I always bring along my camera.  On this page I will review with you some of my favorite things from the fall of 2020.

Parks and Sculptures

This year in my town of , O'Fallon Missouri, we have ten sculptures on loan and displayed around town in various parks.  On my first fall outing, I visited three of our parks to photograph the sculptures.  It was late September and a little early for full fall color in Missouri, but I was pleased to catch a glimpse of color as I took my photos.

     Westoff Park

In this park I photographed a sculpture called Zig  Zag Zugguret by Michael Quintero.  I was also able to capture some pretty colors on the hillside.

bright fall tree surrounded by green leaved trees

Zig  Zag Zugguret by Michael Quintero photo by mbgphoto

     Dames Park

In Dames Park I photographed my favorite sculpture Solitude of the Journey by Jeremy Colbert.  I felt that whole photograph had a fall feel to it from the beautiful fall grasses surrounding the sculpture to the expressive clouds in the fall sky.

Solitude of the Journey by Jeremy Colbert photo by mbgphoto

     Civic Park

My last stop on this outing was to photograph Blue Rail by David Lobel.  It was an interesting sculpture and I also photographed some of the colorful purple mums that were nearby.

Blue Rail by David Lobel photo by mbgphoto

purple mums photo by mbgphoto

Fall  Foods

apples photo by mbgphoto

In the fall I seem to have a renewed interest in cooking and baking.  I love baking apple muffins and pumpkin bread.  I especially like making anything with apples.  I made an apple cake last week and apple pie is always a favorite with my husband.  One of my favorite apple delights is homemade applesauce.  I love the smell of apples cooking on the stove.  My recipe is quite simple.  I just peel, core and cut the apples in chunks and then add them to a pot and cover them about 2/3 of the way with water.  I add some cinnamon and put them on the stove to simmer.  It only takes about 15-20 minutes and they are so good.  Can't you just smell them cooking in the photo below?

simmering apples photo by mbgphoto

Another favorite is microwave apple crisp.  It is delicious and so easy to make.  See the recipe on the Zazzle magnet below.

Fall Decorations

I love to decorate my home for fall.  I usually put up my decorations in the first week of September and take them down after Thanksgiving.  My decorations are fairly simple, just a few colorful leaves and some pumpkins that I purchased at the local craft store.   The two special items that I have are the mini quilt on the entrance table that a friend made for me and the photograph on the mantle.  It is a photo that I took of a lighthouse in Minnesota during the fall and I was able to capture the fall leaves in the framing of the photo.  I had it printed on canvas and it sits on my mantle in the fall.  Here are a few photos of my decorations.

fall home decorations

fall door wreath
Front Door Wreath

fall quilted table throw

fall decor surrounding a lighthouse canvas

Fall Zazzle Products from my Photographs

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  1. Mary Beth, you have easily captured the beauty and essence of the Fall Season with your beautiful photographs. Love the sculptures and Autumn colors in your O'Fallon Missouri parks walk. And thanks for sharing your lovely Fall home decor through your photographs. My DIL is all about Halloween, which is easy to see in HER home decor this time of year. :)

  2. Your photography is always beautiful Mary Beth. Your lighthouse canvas on the mantel is gorgeous. Perfect for fall decor. The quilt your friend made for you is lovely! I know that was a true gift of love and one that your cherish. Like you, I love the fall. Not only do I love the colors of fall, but I am grateful for the cooler weather.

  3. Wow Mary Beth, I love your decor ideas, not to over the top, but still in keeping with a beautiful season. Fall for all of it's colors, has to be my favorite season (although I'm known to change my mind in spring)! Beautiful for all to enjoy! Thanks!

  4. I love your fall decorations, very elegant. Have to agree with Fall being the best time of the year as well. There's something truly special about Fall.

  5. I was sad to see the summer come to an end, but your wonderful photos have gotten me in the autumn spirit now! I always love your fabulous photos, and seeing your terrific fall decorations and delicious looking recipe was the icing on the cake. :)

  6. Mary Beth, as always you photos are outstanding. You certainly captured the beauty of the Fall season. It is also our favorite time of the year. Thanks for the tour of the Parks and once again the beautiful pictures.

  7. I Love your Fall decorations Mary Beth. I really like all the autumn colours. I especially love the mini quilt made by your friend and your photos are really gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.


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