A friend of mine asked me to write my thoughts on the difference between fall in Alaska, Tennessee and Northern Idaho...
Fall in Alaska is very...short. I mean, what there is of it is incredible! My favorite part is the fireweed that covers the mountainsides and is our last bit of color and life before winter comes. Then in about a week all the leaves dump, it rains a lot, the leaves rot, and everyone prays for snow.
Tennessee is a completely different story; it's much longer and absolutely gorgeous. Not to mention, it's such a relief after the long, hot, humid summer. The trees that are so green in the summer turn red, orange, yellow, and purple making for a picture perfect backdrop. The humidity is also significantly less, which is a little blessing for this Alaskan grown, cold weather loving chick.
Up in North Idaho the first word that comes to mind when trying to describe Autumn is rugged. You have, of course, the Pine trees that cover the mountains, but mixed in with them are Larch (or Tamarac) trees, whose needles turn yellow during the fall and make for a breathtaking view. The air is crisp, clean and just the right amount of (dry) cold.
Each Autumn experience is different, and honestly, I love them all…most likely because fall is my favorite time of year. ;)