Skies of Flame and Spice of Cider: Fall Paints Whidbey Island

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BY DAVID WELTON
Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor
October 12, 2016

October, always my favorite month, brings Fall to life, quickening the senses with color, scents, and sudden winds.  

he sculptural, angled light at sunrise establishes the color palette for autumn leaves.  

The sculptural, angled light at sunrise establishes the color palette for autumn leaves.

As the days grow shorter and nights stretch longer and cooler, we are comforted by orange and black as we sit beside the fire.

As the days grow shorter and nights stretch longer and cooler, we are comforted by orange and black as we sit beside the fire.

Within our broad swaths of deep evergreen forests, Whidbey Island presents pockets of intense color.

Within our broad swaths of deep evergreen forests, Whidbey Island presents pockets of intense color.

Within our broad swaths of deep evergreen forests, Whidbey Island presents pockets of intense color.

Within our broad swaths of deep evergreen forests, Whidbey Island presents pockets of intense color.

A weathered, worn fire hydrant is magically transformed by the glow of a burning bush (euonymus alatus) at South Whidbey High School.

A weathered, worn fire hydrant is magically transformed by the glow of a burning bush (euonymus alatus) at South Whidbey High School.

Sherman Farm pumpkins and jeweled spider webs set the stage for Halloween.

Sherman Farm pumpkins and jeweled spider webs set the stage for Halloween.

Yellow grape leaves at Whidbey Island Winery contrast with the blue and green windsock and a 12th Man scarecrow

Yellow grape leaves at Whidbey Island Winery contrast with the blue and green windsock and a 12th Man scarecrow.

A Seahawk supporter struts his mutt at Bayview Farm and Garden.

A Seahawk supporter struts his mutt at Bayview Farm and Garden.

Puppies, forever young

Puppies, forever young

A child frolics in treefall from the bigleaf maple.

A child frolics in treefall from the bigleaf maple.

But childhood ends, and we transition from entertained to entertainer, and pursue adult pastimes.

October winds stir up a favorite pastime: to windsurf with migratory birds at Double Bluff.

October winds stir up a favorite pastime: to windsurf with migratory birds at Double Bluff.

Fall richness provides time for harvesting Pinot Noir at Spoiled Dog Winery.

Fall richness provides time for harvesting Pinot Noir at Spoiled Dog Winery.

An early snowfall calls for a brisk walk with the dogs and announces the coming of a joyous Winter.

An early snowfall calls for a brisk walk with the dogs and announces the coming of a joyous Winter.

David Welton, a retired physician, is a Whidbey Island photographer who credits his grandmother’s travel slide shows and her gift to him of a Kodak Starflash camera for his interest in photographic art. His goal is to use his photographs to inspire others to realize their unrecognized potential. To learn more about Welton, visit his Web site www.davidweltonphoto.com. 

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