“Where there is unity there is always victory.” Publilius Syrus
There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! Percy Bysshe Shelley
The magnificent colors of Autumn/Fall Foliage never cease to amaze me. They are richly hued in golds, oranges, reds, browns and many earth-tone shades that dance before our eyes, inviting us to a last hurrah, before the cold, dank days of winter arrive. A recent walk on the The Old Croton Trail/Old Croton Aqueduct yielded a beautiful array of fallen leaves and colorful archways that made me pause. I took my time; walking and capturing all around me. The pictures you see are the results of that outing and I am grateful for the gifts of nature … and her victories. Let’s celebrate the victory that nature shares with us. Come back later for more photos.
“I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time.” Robert Browning
It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn. B. C. Forbes
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
Why is this a victory of nature? When we stop to think about the changing seasons, we come to realize that it is a death of sorts. The blooms and greenery of summer wither away and are replaced by dying, falling leaves and a hibernation that beckons colder temperatures. In a last bid and show of force and beauty, our fall foliage shower us with golden colors and deep earth tones to remind us that nature’s sleep in the deep of winter will be temporary, and spring will augur the return of colors again. In that last act of golds, reds and other colors in-between is a victory of nature … at least, from this side of the fence.
“It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The autumn wind is a pirate. Blustering in from sea with a rollicking song he sweeps along swaggering boisterously. His face is weather beaten, he wears a hooded sash with a silver hat about his head… The autumn wind is a Raider, pillaging just for fun. Steve Sabol
I hope you enjoyed my collection of photos. I took a walk on the Croton Aqueduct and was blown away by the competing colors of falling leaves. Each group seemed to be saying: “Look at me! I’m prettier than I can ever be.” I walked around, taking shots of the piles of leaves, capturing them before they get swept away or covered in snow. I marveled at one of my favorite pathways that had become a yellow archway of bright leaves, and it took my breath away. A Victory of Nature in Fall Foliage is befitting, don’t you think so? Stay Safe! Stay inspired. Have a Happy Weekend!
My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme – VICTORY – below.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: VICTORY. Forget the sad times. This week, it’s all about reveling in a win. In your photo this week, focus on the win, the victory — that moment of glory and pride you’ll remember forever. I can’t wait to cheer for you.
Positive Motivation Tip: Enjoy the pleasures of life in nature and savor them till spring brings new thrills here and elsewhere.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos copyrighted and from my Personal Collection.