It’s Still Fall

So I’ve finally been able to cull through the photos we took on our October trip to Boston, New York, New England, and Canada.  While these definitely look like Fall, and the calendar says mid-November, it feels anything but autumnal here in Austin.  As I type outside on my deck (with my glass of Folie à Deux), it’s 86 outside – a record – and the air conditioners are going full bore.  Just Wednesday, we set a record low – 32.

It’s pretty outside to be sure – the elm tree’s in full-fall mode; the pyracantha is in all its red-berried glory; and the blue jays are strutting and cawing like there’s no tomorrow – it definitely does not feel one jot as if we’re only a week away from Thanksgiving!  The older I get, the more and more I want to live in a place with all four seasons…

Anyroad, here are some fall photos – and other miscellany – from our trip.  We started out with two days in Boston, one afternoon in New York, and then 12 days from New York to Québec City and back again on the Queen Mary 2.  I’ll write in more detail later about each of the stops and life aboard the ship, but I wanted to get these out and published so that I can at least have a visual of autumnal splendor.

Not exactly Fall-like, but here’s a photo of the ship leaving Brooklyn at 5:00 in the afternoon.  We did a transatlantic crossing on the QM2 in 2010 when we went to Paris and I got heaps of Manhattan skyline photos, but it never ceases to impress.  While I agree with Ayn Rand on almost nothing, I will say that one of man’s great achievements is (good) urban architecture.

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Manhattan as seen leaving Brooklyn aboard the Queen Mary 2

And here’s the ship herself on our day in Bar Harbor, Maine.

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Queen Mary 2 anchored in Bar Harbor, Maine October 2013

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Boston Common, October 2013

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Hingham Burying Ground, Hingham, MA October 2013

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Lexington Common, Lexington, MA October 2013

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Revolutionary Battle Site, Concord, MA October 2013

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Revolutionary Battle Site – Concord MA, October 2013

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Revolutionary Battle Site – Concord MA, October 2013

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Revolutionary Battle Site – Concord MA, October 2013

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Acadia National Park, Maine October 2013

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Acadia National Park, Maine October 2013

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Acadia National Park, Maine, October 2013

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Acadia National Park, Maine October 2013

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Acadia National Park, Maine October 2013

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Acadia National Park, Maine October 2013

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Nova Scotia, Canada October 2013

And here are some non-landscape photos of interest – at least to me:

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Goat Urn, Boston Common October 2013

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Newport Mansion Statuary, Newport, RI October 2013

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Newport Mansion Statuary, Newport, RI October 2013

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Wild Turkey, Arcadia National Park, Maine October 2013

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