What do you think the people heading to work around 7:30 this morning thought of me building a pile of leaves on the side of the road with nothing by my hands and feet? I bet they thought I was pretty nuts when I started putting my dog in the leaf pile and taking pictures of her with my giant DSLR camera.

Not to mention the fact that Luna hadn’t yet had breakfast, so she was hungry. (But when isn’t she?) If you didn’t know, a hungry beagle automatically becomes a bouncing spring at the first site of anything edible.

I almost wish the passersby on foot had stopped to ask what on earth I was up to and why my dog wouldn’t stop bouncing up and down. Now that I think about it. If you ever find yourself in Northern Virginia and see a crazy dog lady taking strange photos of her dog, it is probably me. So please stop and say hello.

Luna sits in a pile fallen leaves

I’m probably making this out to be a bit more dramatic than it actually was. To my surprise, Luna actually got into the pile of leaves by herself. Of course, I wasn’t done building it yet, but at least there was some level of cooperation.

I did not however exaggerate Luna being a spring in dog form.

Luna plays in the newly fallen leaves

All the changing and fallen leaves seem to indicate that fall is here, but someone got the weather all wrong. Typical November weather in the Washington DC area is in the 50s and 60s. Last week we got all the way up into the 80s! Today we are in the mid 60s, so it looks like the weatherman finally got the memo and we are back on track.

Luna enjoys the fallen leaves

It’s been fun enjoying the nicer than average weather. It’s just too bad the sun has to set so early now! Every day I get off work around 6 PM and it immediately feels like it’s time to go to bed.

This also slightly explains why I was taking photos at 7:30 AM this morning to get a bit of natural sunlight.

Leaves line our walking path this fall

Today is also Veteran’s Day in the USA. Before I end this post, I want to thank every veteran for their service and sacrifice. Both my grandfather Lt. Col. (ret.) Charles Shipman and my uncle SP4 Allen Hagemann served in the United States Army. I lost my grandfather last December.

Has fall weather come to visit you yet?

This week’s 52 Snapshots of Life Photo Challenge theme is FALL and this post is my submission. If you’d like to see more photos from our 52 Snapshots of Life Photo Challenge, you can view them all over in my Flickr 52 Snapshots of Life photo album.

Don’t forget to visit last week’s post to see what Luna finds SCARY and come back next week to see us honor our VETERANS.

You can also check out other snapshots from this week’s 52 Snapshots of Life Photo Challenge theme by clicking below!

Jessica Shipman
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