It seems like it's been months since I took a really long horseback ride, but today it happened. And it was glorious. Horses are at their best in autumn; if you watch them in the pasture, they frolic and run with abandon. When you ride this time of year, it seems their energy is limitless.
There are two ways to really enjoy nature: taking a walk, or riding a horse.
Vehicles are so noisy (not to mention closed-in) you don't hear the cottonwood trees rustling (I always think of the line from a song in an old movie, "Tammy": "I hear the cottonwoods whispering above... Tammy, Tammy, Tammy's in love...". Cottonwoods really do whisper, but this time of year they're louder, because the leaves are getting dry. There are few birds left to chirp in October, but you can't help noticing the occasional bird-sounds that do fall on your ear.
Motorized vehicles move along so fast that you miss the lovely little things happening in the world: a butterfly perched on a flower; the squirrel that sees you coming and scampers up a tree, half-spooking the horse; a pair of little birds flitting across the path in front of you.
If you don't have a horse, I advise you to take a long walk in the country. If you're not able to walk, just find a peaceful country setting away from people and sit for an hour or so. You'll be amazed at the beauty around you.