October’s fire burns all month long, bright at first, then duller and duller and duller until it finally dies out. By month’s end, the dead, dry leaves and seed pods have blown away like ashes, like dust in the wind. While the fire burns bright, it is a spectacular show, better than any man made drama. And this year, after a cold winter and cool summer, it’s been an award winning performance by October’s best actors: the trees, the fields, the flowers.
On a recent trip through Union, Maine, via Route 235, I sampled the foliage of a bright yellow alfalfa cover crop field in bloom.
I also witnessed my first ever turning of a blueberry field. Someone told me that blueberry fields were spectacular in autumn, and I just had to see for myself. My friend wasn’t kidding. In summer, the fields are tinted blue, and in the fall, they turn a patchwork of crimson, gold and green. These blueberry barrens, as they’re called, below, overlook Seven Tree Pond in Union. You can catch a great view if you pull into Blueberry Lane on top of the hill. There, I also found a vine in the midst of a beautiful transformation, and, just as the rain started to move in, a cluster of Queen Anne seed pods desperately trying to hang on in the wind, below. I highly recommend this scenic drive through coastal Maine. It’s a roughly 20 to 30 mile loop that begins with a turn onto Route 235 from Route 1 in Warren, then continues on Route 17, then to Route 90 and back to Route 1.
If you have a chance, you can also stop in at Beth’s Farm Market in Warren for pumpkins, apples and cider.
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