Recounting the Many Rewards of Rural Living


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Beauty and tranquility in the picnic and campfire area.

Photo by Jo DeVries

The transformation of the landscape over the four seasons in Canada is dramatic. Autumn is presently in in full bloom. The leaves of the maple trees are aglow, the evenings are cooler, the air fresher. The bathing suits have been packed away, and most vacationers have left this part of cottage country except for a few that return for Thanksgiving. Hopefully, we’ll be able to leave out the lawn chairs for another month or so. This has been one of the best fall seasons in memory, temperature wise. There’s still no hint of frost in the forecast.

Country Road Fall Drives

I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy a few long, country drives over the past week. I can drive for hours in any direction and still be surrounded by the glorious autumn colours, mingled with magnificent rock outcroppings, wide-open wetlands, and areas of dense, dark, evergreen forests. The spectacular show of the autumn leaves draped over miles of rolling hills is stunning. The green, yellow, orange and red leaves against a backdrop of varying shades of blue and grey creates an ever-changing masterpiece of exceptional design.

As always, the show will only last a short time, so I made it a priority this year to absorb as much of that beauty as I could. Thankfully, with the advantage of photography, I can enjoy those spectacular sights for years to come.



I am so incredibly grateful for my blessings, and the era of which I am living in. What a luxury to jump in the car, visit briefly with distant friends, pick up groceries somewhere new, and simply enjoy the splendid sights during a six-hour road trip on the back highways.





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