“The gilding of the Indian summer mellowed the pastures far and wide.
The russet woods stood ripe to be stripped, but were yet full of leaf.
The purple of heath-bloom, faded but not withered, tinged the hills…
Field head gardens bore the seal of gentle decay; … its time of
flowers and even of fruit was over.”
What does Autumn/Fall mean to you? Is it a time to recount your summer escapades? A time to pack away your summer things and focus on the changing season? I see Autumn/Fall as a time of change; a shift in pace and how we use our space… I see Autumn/Fall as a time of falling foliage, earth toned colors, pumpkins and gourds, squash and Indian corn… even a time to see fall blooms; chrysanthemums, shrubs with berries and flaming leaves…
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace. As I have seen in one autumnal face.” John Donne
The one red leaf, the last of its clan,
That dances as often as dance it can,
Hanging so light, and hanging so high,
On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
With the changing colors of fall foliage come Halloween and Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. Autumn brings us together to celebrate. In the Autumn/Fall, we have lots to be grateful for and many holidays to bring friends and family together… What’s not to love about the season with two names? Autumn and Fall. We celebrate, we eat, we wear our cold weather clothes, we begin to think about what it would feel like to hibernate… again, we celebrate, we hibernate, and, as the year ends, some of us meditate on the joys we experienced this year. We prepare to bring in the New Year and bid the old one adieu. What will you do this autumn?
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” Stanley Horowitz
Besides the autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the haze.
The changing colors and falling leaves remind us of both our vitality and our mortality… We know we’d better enjoy the present time than wait for another peek at summer. I plan to love and enjoy my autumn with verve, to take walks on the aqueduct, to dance in the yard with leaves around me, to gather my strength and stock up on soups, to read and write and rest. Autumn offers surprises too; a sudden appearance of a sunflower swarming with bees; they need to stock up too. Autumn has its charm; I love fall clothing, those cozy and colorful sweaters, flowers and foods, especially those hearty soups… I love wearing my boots and wrapping a thick shawl around my shoulders, and I love the colors… Ah, the colors of Autumn. Enjoy the selections. More Below. 😉
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came –
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
George Cooper, “October’s Party”
For those who wish to join October’s party, there are colorful things and plentiful food for you. You can choose your foliage, apples, gourds, and filings for pies. Once you check the weather conditions, you can kick back and have a blast with all your friends. Autumn will gladly join you to cheer her on. What are your thoughts? What does autumn/fall mean to you? What fall things did you find? Did you have an easy or hard time with this prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall
Positive Motivation Tip: The changing seasons remind us of the changes in our lives… For every thorn, there is a rose that comes into our lives… All situations change. Cherish the time.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.