it seems that all of the leaves dropped at once in the past few days. beautiful.

because it is halloween, i thought i would post some information on the original holiday on which it is based. from wikipedia:

according to celtic lore, samhain is a time when the boundaries between the world of the living and the world of the dead become thinner, allowing spirits and other supernatural entities to pass between the worlds to socialize with humans. it is the time of the year when ancestors and other departed souls are especially honored. ... samhain in particular is a time when more elaborate offerings are made to specific ancestors. often a meal will be prepared of favorite foods of the family's and community's beloved dead, a place set for them at the table, and traditional songs, poetry and dances performed to entertain them. a door or window may be opened to the west and the beloved dead specifically invited to attend. many leave a candle or other light burning in a western window to guide the dead home.