June 29, 2017

From sultry summer to crisp autumn: Are you ready?

An article by Vinita Kinra (@VinitaKinra)

Etobicoke,Toronto, Canada

Fall leaves cover the trails surrounding Lake Ontario, Toronto

It’s hard to say whether any Canadian will ever be ready to bid goodbye to warm weather in the part of the world where some still think people live in igloos all year round; however, fall is still a glorious time of the year here. Today is the autumnal equinox—the time of the year the sun crosses the celestial equator, an imaginary line in the sky corresponding to the earth’s equator. From this time on, days get shorter until the winter solstice in December, when the light will slowly but surely begin its tedious journey back to long summer days.

Even though we may be grouchy about the inability to leave home in a t-shirt and shorts, all is not gloomy in fall; instead, there are so many reasons to get excited about this picturesque time of the year.

First of all, this is a blessed time for photographers. Capture vivid shots of blazing red trees or deep yellow foliage. Don’t miss the orange hues of some wilderness that arrests the most ardent nature lovers. Take the time to awe over the astonishing landscapes painted by the most powerful artist: nature. And remember, it’s also a wonderful season to picnic outdoors—with the sun not burning your body or glaring your eyes, you can spend hours basking and warming up under its warm embrace.

Etobicoke,Toronto, Canada

A shot from Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Toronto

Think about it: with the pressure of wearing beachwear and figure-hugging clothes out of the way, you can snuggle into comfy jumpers, scarves and mittens. Go for a refreshing cool walk in the morning, or just sink into your couch with a cozy blanket and watch TV. Oh, and by the way, don’t forget your favourite hot chocolate, coffee, or tea.

Very soon, Halloween will be upon us, and not only kids will swell with excitement of candy hunting; grown-ups will dig into closets for the scariest costume to wear at parties or work. Of course, everything will smell of pumpkin spice, but isn’t that supposed to be the biggest prize of this colourful season?

Last but definitely not the least, Thanksgiving holiday in October will be an apt time to go apple picking in a nearby country farm. Imagine the smile that will light up your loved one’s lips when you gift them a bag of hand-picked apples fresh from the farm! Most farms also have cozy, rustic stores with big apple themes like pies, cider, sauces, and so much more!

Vinita Kinra is a Toronto-based author, editor, speaker and activist, best known for her short story collection, Pavitra in Paris, launched to critical acclaim in 2013. She is also a contributor for India’s largest English daily, The Times of India.

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