I love November: the absence of Halloween crowds and traffic, the turning leaves, the chilly (but not freezing) weather, and above all, the light. It’s a nice time on the academic calendar that directs my life (between midterms and finals) and it has a relatively no-pressure holiday at its end. With the exception of the late October storm, we’ve had a beautiful fall, and when I took a walk yesterday I was in short sleeves. It might have been the last warm day of 2011, but who knows with this changing climate? Here are some photographs taken on a particularly golden November day (Election Day) in Salem:
An ivy-covered house turned red, along with a beautiful doorway, both on Chestnut Street.
Bittersweet trim and some of my favorite houses on and around Federal Street.
The Japanese garden at the Peabody Essex Museum (which just announced a $200 million expansion after an extremely successful fundraising campaign), the Common and one of its inhabitants.
Looking out at the Harbor, light and color between Derby and Essex Streets.