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Apple Orchards & Halloween October 23, 2019 16:33

Apple Orchard Penrose Colorado 2008 by Wendy Christine Basham
"They came out in a thin spiral, like smoke rising from a small fire, then in a twisted column, a pillar growing upward, larger at the top like a funnel, spinning faster and faster.  The funnel danced back and forth as the wind pushed it, until the bats streamed out eastward in a cloud, passing over his head.  He heard the hissing of hundreds of thousands of little wings, making a downdraft of warm ammoniac air around him.  Still the bats poured out, the long cloud like the plumed serpent Quetzalcoatl, while the sky behind the mountain turned from gold to red to the clear cold green that precedes the deep indigo of night."  from Bats by Diane de Avalle-Arce, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine August 1992.
Visit an apple orchard in early October to find wooden crates of the various red, yellow and green pommes; pumpkins as orange as flames; cats creeping through dwarf Jonathan apple trees sly like spies.   School buses parked on country roads full of rushing children free to run and roam in nature's green land.  Pick a pumpkin from its hard stem in the brown dirt!
Raspberry Lane Crafts wishes you a most Happy Halloween!