In Denton County, Texas, autumn's stunning beauty doesn't slap us in the face. Instead, it is something more subtle. Unlike our neighbors to the north who can't avoid ubiquitous forest-on-fire views, we enjoy the season's rewards when we seek them.
There are pockets of glory for those who put themselves in the proper place, and who are aware. Just like one will miss the magic of sunrise while caressing his pillow, we might lament our geography if we aren't outdoors, moving slowly enough, and watchful.
The irony, of course, is the lofty value of that which must be pursued. There is celebration when we find, as it were, "rare" beauty. We are proud of the investment made, and like the hunter, our skill in tracking prey.
So the volume of bright colors in Denton County might not compare to some places, but we treasure what we find. And what we find when we slow our pace, compels our hearts to love our place.