Agent Orange: Freezing Fall Foliage Follies

Austin 1It was a chilly 26 degrees when I awakened under the warm covers at The House on the Hill this morning, Modern Philosophers.

I stayed in bed for as long as I could, getting a full play by play of Ireland’s World Cup Rugby match via text, and wishing the person sending the texts were there with me to keep me warm.

I finally got out of bed, bundled up in my warmest running toga, and then put on the Winter Wellness gear I’d purchased only yesterday.

Yes, Modern Philosophers, I had a sense that Snow Miser was on his way.

Even though I was literally freezing my butt off on my run, I did come across some gorgeous Fall Foliage that I wanted to share.  This is just one more reason why it is always smart to run with a full camera crew…

Austin 3

Did I happen to mention that I bought a bright orange sweatshirt and matching hat to both keep me warm and safe on cold Winter mornings?

When I run before work, it is pitch black during the Winter months, so I wanted to dress in a bright color to protect myself from drivers.

And from the Zombie Hunters.

Zombies have a tendency to wander into town during the colder months, and if I’m having a bad morning on the road, I trudge along like a Zombie on its last legs.

Better safe than sorry!

Austin 2This one stretch of Eastern Avenue had some gorgeous foliage.

I know I ruined some of the photos by adding my ugly mug to the shot, but my sponsors demand that I put myself in the pictures.

According to research, I’m what draws people to the blog, so the camera crew is under strict orders to frame me in every shot.


Austin 4Even though it was cold and windy, it was a nice day for a run.

Funny story…as I turned onto Eastern Avenue, dozens of runners came at me.

Apparently, there was a Color Run going on along my usual running route, and I had no idea.  Luckily, I was able to dodge the kids who were pelting the runners with paint.

Of course, all decked out in orange, I brought some amazing color to the Color Run!

Austin 5Today was run #75, Modern Philosophers!  That’s fifteen weeks of dedicated sweating, but only one day of it done while dressed like a sweaty pumpkin.

I bet Sweaty Pumpkin is now going to be a very popular Halloween Costume!

Austin 6Finally, some photos without my giant gourd blocking the colors!

Austin 7Only a very small section of the trees had turned.  I guess the others are simply much more loyal to Summer.

I bet they change their colors eventually.

They always do…

Austin 8Maine really is a great place for enjoying the Fall Foliage.

I’m just glad I don’t get too many leaves on The Great Lawn of The House on the Hill as I really hate raking, and the interns always whine when I make them do it.

Austin 10Even though this photo is marred by the camera cord getting into the shot, I still liked the colors, so I’m sharing it.

I also fired the camera operator who ruined the shot for you.

I’m terribly sorry you had to put up with such negligence, Modern Philosophers.

So that’s my quick account of this morning’s run and the gorgeous, but very limited foliage I came across along the way.

Have the leaves turned in your neck of the woods?  Do you like to go out and look at the Fall Foliage?  Have you ever been to Maine to check out the brilliant colors of Autumn?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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15 Responses to Agent Orange: Freezing Fall Foliage Follies

  1. Oh, how I miss a Northeastern fall! Those gorgeous colors! Thank you for sharing your photos! I’m digging the orange outfit, too. 😉

  2. grannyK says:

    We have some pretty colors going on, too! Enough leaves have dropped to completely cover our back yard. I see some serious raking in my future. No worries on having you in the pictures! I think I can speak for most when I say we like it!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Blaze orange doesn’t show up in the dark. You may want to stick a couple reflecting spots on your shirt and shoes as well. Good luck with the running – your determination is admirable.

  4. Suzanne says:

    Easier for the zombies though.

  5. jan says:

    As you’re so pretty in orange but you’ve got to watch out otherwise you’ll soon blend too easily into the foliage! We have Maxwell Parish storm clouds out here in NoCali – dry lightening, no rain : (

  6. Glenda says:

    Hey, Mister – I think you’re running regimen is already paying off. I can swear your face is looking trim…or is that just the brilliant orange?! Anyway, keep it up!

  7. markbialczak says:

    You caught some pretty colors, Austin. In the trees. Your running blaze Orange is smart, too. Wear it anytime you visit Syracuse, by the way. 🙂

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