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last glimpse of fall colour

last glimpse of fall

October is half over, autumn’s colour is fading. Frost has touched the forest, turning the fiery red and yellow leaves dull and rusty. A wild wind dances through the trees, and the leaves dance with it, twirling and tumbling through the air. Many birch and maple leaves have already fallen, leaving bare gaps between the spruces and pines. We can see the sky through the poplar now, while the oak — that strong-willed spirit — is slower to relinquish its crown.

This is not the end of autumn, as some think, but the heart of it. The show of colour gives way to the fall itself, to the crunch of leaves underfoot as they break and scatter and enrich the earth. Walk, walk now as the fields turn brown and the leaves fly. Drink in the last mild days as the colour fades, before the wind sweeps us all into winter.

Taken on October 11, 2010

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12 responses

  1. Love Autumn :)

    October 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

    • Thanks for dropping by, Dane — I love your Autumn in Amsterdam pics too!

      October 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm

  2. Beautiful … and so well said! I was pleased to find this blog, thanks to Twitter. I am Rebekah [quackofdawn], from the Flickr group.

    October 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

    • Thanks, I’m so pleased you dropped by, Rebekah! I’m glad to have found you online, too.

      October 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

  3. The fall lends itself to beautiful pictures, doesn’t it? Today it is wet and dreary here, but even in the drizzle the trees look beautiful against the grey.

    October 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

    • The weather has changed here as well — today we’re in the midst of a Nor’easter, and my how the trees are bowing before the wind and rain! I expect to see more bare branches by the end of this.

      October 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm

  4. That second paragraph is beautiful!

    October 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

  5. love the photo, depicts autumn so well, but your words, well they made me feel like I was standing there right in that shot feeling it, smelling it, experiencing it. Beautiful words, seriously.

    October 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    • Wow, thanks Leanne! I’m so pleased that you feel the words, just like I was hoping when I wrote them.

      October 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm

  6. Reading the comments here, I have to add something about the words too. I found it so beautiful, and my first reaction was; ‘I’ll never be able to write like that, no matter how good my English gets.’ As the day went along, I kept coming back to this thought, realizing that I couldn’t have written it even in my own language [Swedish].

    October 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    • Oh thank you for such a wonderful compliment, Rebekah. Your English seems very fluent to me; at any rate I am sure you can express yourself beautifully in Swedish, given the inspiration and opportunity. I don’t always write like this either; I guess I just felt “poetical” today!

      October 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm

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