It was a rather ordinary autumn day in Burlington, Vermont but the light and weather shifts were really wild. It rained until mid-afternoon and when it cleared it was warm and still. As the day progressed the light became startlingly beautiful. Our whole backyard glowed and it had an eerie quality. The colors were uniquely intense and the sunset had people standing outside or heading down to the lake to watch the drama unfold. I am so grateful that my mother taught me to see beauty in so many ways…both ordinary and extraordinary.