The afternoons are still sweltering, but the end of the Dog Days of Summer is perhaps now within sight.
Soon it will be autumn, my favorite time of year. Kids are going back to school, fall fairs and festivals are on the horizon1, and I'll be able to sleep with the window open and let the crisp air in at night. Hay bales, hot chocolate and Halloween, too.
With that theme in mind, here's a Postcrossing card I received this week from Christoph, who lives in München, Germany. It's an aerial shot of the awe-inspiring Neuschwanstein Castle, shown just as the trees are starting to change color and autumn is starting to creep in at the edges.
While Neuschwanstein is the modern indulgence of an irresponsible king and by no means a historic fortress steeped to its foundations in European history, that doesn't take away from its beauty. It's a timeless wonder, in scale and setting, and it would be on my must-see list if I ever make it to Germany.
Right now, though, my "must-see" list consists of some fine autumn days, filled with scarecrows, spooks, apple cider, pumpkins and fine foliage. It's coming.
1. Here are my posts about the York Fair:
- Photo gallery: Signs at the York Fair
- York Fair photo gallery: Almost time for rides, food and farm animals
- Ye Grand Olde York Fair postcard from 1914
- 2015 York Fair: My favorite photos