Falling Into Autumn

Dog Jumping Into Autumn Fall Leaves Watercolor Illustration Painting

For our prompt of “Fall” today, I thought about the season and falling into a fresh pile of autumn leaves. So, we have a quick little sketch of a little dog doing just that. As a kid, I used to love jumping into a pile of leaves, but I’ve lived in the city as an adult and haven’t had a yard. The good part is that I no longer have to rake, but I do miss seeing those colorful piles of fall leaves in the grass. There are houses on my walk where I still get to view them, and truly, I have to hold myself back from running over and jumping into the leaves. This would likely not be a huge hit with my neighbors. It’s not quite as cute as a kid doing it, particularly when it’s not your own child, and instead, a middle aged man simply trying to relive his youth. So, I just enjoy the lovely childhood memories of that magical time instead.

One thing that hasn’t changed is my general exuberance and excitement for the change in seasons. Though I do enjoy some seasons more than others, I just love watching nature change throughout the year. And, I don’t might the chill of autumn, but I do have to admit that I like that it’s been a touch warmer here than usual so far this year. Where I live, it’s usually really hot or really cold the majority of the year, so any temperature that’s on the mild side is a lovely thing indeed. It’s been a long while since we’ve had a super cold winter, so I’m worried that this year might be the next one. I adore seeing snow, but only for a few days and then I’m ready for it to hurry up and melt again. This year, of course, we’re still in the throws of a pandemic, so some traditions have already been canceled. But, we’re determined to make sure we do as many of them as possible.

Sometime in the next week or so, Philippe is going to carve his annual Halloween pumpkin for the season. It’s a wonderful new tradition for him as he had never carved one until coming here. I love seeing what he comes up with and then I’ll usually sketch it for a pumpkin prompt during this month, but the prompt is coming up quickly so I’ll have to see if I can get him to carve one this weekend. He confirmed he would still do it, but said all of the pumpkins he saw at Costco were huge, like most things in that store. I told him he should just carve a really big one this year and he sort of grimaced. I guess his new tradition is only fun in small doses. I, for one, also really enjoy the roasted pumpkin seeds that we’ll have as soon as he’s finished. There are just so many beautiful things that I love about falling into autumn.

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  1. Laura 2 years ago

    That’s one happy puppy!

  2. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    Maybe someone should offer to remove leaves for people and then set them up in a pile where people could pay to jump into them. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a hit – though maybe not this year. Yum-roasted pumpkin seeds! I wouldn’t mind having some of those!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      hehe! That sounds like an awesome idea! I’d be the first in line! 😃💕

  3. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Adorable beagle, Charlie. This little pup sure has some fun adventures! The smell of autumn leaves, jumping into piles of leaves, pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie, roasted pumpkin seeds. What’s not to love about Autumn. 😊💗

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yes! I can’t think of one reason not to adore Autumn!

  4. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Wonderful Charlie! My cousins lived close by and always had a huge pile of leaves plus a great tree to jump out of. No broken bones!😊 Good luck with the pumpkin carving.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 hehe! We didn’t break as easily back then for sure! lol Sounds fun!!

      • Mireya 2 years ago

        nor did we care either. Ah the joys of being a kid. I think I am still one ha.

  5. Lisa 2 years ago

    A couple of years ago I had a teenage boy working for me. He raked my front yard leaves into a big pile, and then jumped right into them. Then had to rake them again! But it was totally worth it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      hehe! That’s awesome! That’s the proper way to rake leaves I think! Fun! 😃💕

  6. writerleenda 2 years ago

    Charlie I have a Hallowe’en painting — by accident. I was taking lessons from Jean Haines’ “Atmospheric Watercolours” (Search Press 2012) wherein we practiced a first wash for each season even if the colours do not belong to that season. It ended up in a pumpkin with a wicked grin. I liked and kept it. I would love to jump into a pile of leaves too and if I still had my house I might just do that.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yay for accidental Halloween painting! That’s awesome! 😃💕 And for jumping in leaves… it’s just so much fun!

  7. Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

    You made me laugh about your neighbors being upset with a middle aged man jumping in their pile of leaves. We don’t get Fall like you do so I have never had beautiful leaves to jump into. I would love to visit Vermont or Maine during Fall. Wow!
    When we would visit Mexico, street vendors would sell roasted pumpkin seeds. Yumm! I always ate as many as I could.
    Cute painting, Charlie! 💜

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Glad I made you laugh! Yeah, roasted pumpkin seeds are sooooo good! I can’t wait to have them again!

  8. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Great doodle, Charlie. When I was a child we went to watch a vintage car rally. My dad took an 8mm cine film of it. Included in it was a scene of my brother and I running through the autumn leaves. I had forgotten about until I read this.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Oh wow! That’s a wonderful thing to have on film. Awesome!

  9. memadtwo 2 years ago

    That was one of my favorite activities as a child too. Then the fathers would burn the leaves in the street in the evening. I can still smell it and hear the acorns popping. (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yay! Glad this brought back good memories, Kerfe! 😃💕 That sounds like a fun time indeed… they didn’t burn leaves like that where I was, that sounds cool!

  10. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    Ohhhh! Such a happy sketch. I love Fall! This year however we won’t have as many beautiful trees. The high wind storm we had last month, really took the leaves off the trees. My favorite large tree up the street has only half the leaves on it. Just chalking it up to 2020. ;(

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, the leaves are lovely here, but the wind gusts really made for a short viewing time indeed! Ugh!

  11. Mugdha 2 years ago

    Hello Charlie,

    I would love to be that puppy!!! Your doodlewash made me feel like a kid again. And if I had a yard with a big pile of autumn leaves, you would be welcome to come and jump in it anytime. In fact, my family and I would have happily joined you because all of us have our inner child intact. My house overlooks a garden and a couple of years ago my sister and I were thrilled to bits to see one of the “lordly” old men in the neighborhood borrow a little kid’s small bicycle – training wheels still on – for 5 minutes and take a turn around the park. The kid stood frowning but the old man looked ecstatic. Nobody had seen him smile like that. So we would absolutely love for you to come and be a little boy all over again. 🙂 Maybe someday if we meet, we could have a kiddie party.


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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Thrilled I made you feel like a kid again! Yay! And I adore that your whole family has their inner children in tact. That’s the best way to live life. It’s wonderful that old man got to relive his youth like that, and a kiddie party sounds perfectly splendid!

  12. Mireya 2 years ago

    I miss this too.

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