Say Good-bye to Autumn

Here in Northwest Territories, autumn moves quickly. Three weeks ago, the leaves were just starting to turn.

Now the yellow is darkening to brown and black and almost all the leaves are on the ground.

We are about to head into the Northwest Territories’ best season – winter. Gleaming with atmospheric pinks and blues and a low sunlight that bounces off ice particles in the air, the sky is suffused with gentle colour and undulating sparkles.

Here is a favourite winter photo from a couple of years ago.

The Aurora Borealis is amazing, but like the variety of us, it’s not the only light show in town.

Greetings from the remarkable northern lights – of all kinds. πŸ™‚

34 thoughts on “Say Good-bye to Autumn”

  1. Autumn is just beginning here. It is nice to see your lovely picture of the snow that will soon come to your area. I have never been as far North as you are, but I know it has to be beautiful. Enjoy winter – all seasons hold their own beauty.

  2. I do enjoy snowy days but I am not ready yet. No, no, no! 😊 Our autumn colors are still at the beginning stages. Wanting to hang on to fall just a little bit longer.

  3. Are you seeing Northern Lights now, or is that yet to come? I would love to witness that sight. I know there are parts of the earth where it’s dark most of the day in the winter and light most of the day in summer. Is it like that in the NW territories?
    This is the first week where it’s felt like fall here. Weather is actually perfect. Bright, clear sunshine and cool weather that’s wonderful to sleep in without a/c or furnace heat. We’re just starting to see leaves turn, and this weekend it’s supposed to get really cold. We aren’t expecting snow, but it’s supposed to pass just north of us by about 100 miles. I’m still waiting to see the full-on vibrant colors of autumn. Last year we didn’t get much of a fall, so I hope it doesn’t pass us by again and go straight to winter.

    1. The Northern Lights can be visible at any time of year because they are caused by charged particles from the sun striking the Earth’s atmosphere. They are really spectacular in the winter because it gets very dark and you can see them so well. πŸ™‚

      For the most part, I am in the β€œsouthern” part of NWT, so our days will shorten to about seven hours of daylight. Inuvik, which is near the Arctic Ocean (and is about 1800 km [1100 miles] further north from me) becomes completely dark for about 30 days.
      In summer, Inuvik gets about 60 days of midnight sun while we get about 22 hours per day of light with about two hours of twilight.

      I don’t have a problem with the short daylight hours but I really dislike the lack of darkness in summer – I have real trouble sleeping, in spite of blackout drapes.

      I love a long, lovely fall with cool but not cold temperatures. So great. πŸ™‚ I hope you get a chance to visit the north sometime – it’s a unique experience. πŸ™‚

  4. Do you whistle down the lights? The first time I ever saw them I was living super far South, in Port Moody BC. They were spooky cool and it took a moment for me to figure out what they were. Now I see them all the time in Edmonton and they have yet to lose their charm.
    Nothing beats a Winter sky, day or night ❀

    1. The winter sky, especially in the north, is amazing! πŸ™‚ In this area, you’re not supposed to whistle at the lights (or make sounds at all) because they will come down on you and you will disappear. Some of the older folks are very superstitious about that.

      1. I’d heard that too and for sure the first time I saw them a person could not have paid me enough to whistle,lol. I’ve since learned about another tradition- whistling makes them dance- and that one fills my heart with glee so I take my chances and whistle them down. ❀ I just love all these different beliefs.

  5. We’re just heading into Autumn, but it’s supposed to get chillier near the end of the week. I cannot wait!

    As always, your pictures are amazing and give a gorgeous (and enviable!) view of where you live. xoxox

  6. Oh I agree, winter is the Arctic’s best season! (well, for those with sufficient resources to enjoy it in safety and health…) Having participated in the Inuvik Return of the Sun Festival one year, it occurred to me that the “Land of the Midnight Sun” slogan should be matched — if not outdone — by “Land of the Midday Moon.”

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