I must say, stick season can be beautiful in itself. You can see far out into the woods and discover ancient stone walls criss crossing the fields or find ponds, lakes and streams, once hidden by the dense foliage. I love this time of year. It feels great to be out raking and enjoying the blissful sunshine on your face. Everyone is out in their yards talking about the weird foliage season this year and wondering why some of the trees are still full!
Even some waterfalls are more visible and appear in places where you may have driven by or hiked in the past and never noticed them. Hiking into the forest can open up the vistas more than ever now; I've discovered farms set up on hillsides that were once hidden in autumn. And the bugs are gone!!! This is the time to be outdoors and enjoy nature and that wonderful, musky smell of fallen leaves and the rich earth. It just feels so damn good!
Ah... stick season. I'm lovin' it. Cherish it before the snow flies!