Thanksgiving is the winding up of autumn. The leaves are off the trees, except here and there on a beech or an oak; there is nothing left on the boughs but a few nuts and empty birds' nests. The earth looks desolate, and it will be a comfort to have the snow on the ground,... Continue Reading →
...I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks Today I am thankful for the amazingly beautiful autumn we've been experiencing. This season has been one for... Continue Reading →
November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows. With night coming early, And dawn coming late, And ice in the bucket And frost by the gate. The fires burn And the kettles sing, And earth sinks to rest Until next spring. -Clyde Watson FOCUS: 30 Days of... Continue Reading →
Around and around the house the leaves fall thick—but never fast, for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is somber and slow. Let the gardener sweep and sweep the turf as he will, and press the leaves into full barrows, and wheel them off, still they lie ankle-deep. ~Charles Dickens FOCUS: ... Continue Reading →
In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October, when the trees are bare to the mild heavens, and the red leaves bestrew the road, and you can feel the breath of winter morning and evening—no days so calm, so tenderly solemn, and with such... Continue Reading →
I step outside and the chilly air tightens the skin on my bare arms…. Fall colors.... so bright and intense and beautiful. It's like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary. ~Siobhan Vivian FOCUS: Nature Today's weather... Continue Reading →
The leaves are all falling, and they're falling like they're falling in love with the ground. - Andrea Gibson FOCUS: Nature Swirling in the streets, piling up in yards and crunching under our feet. Leaves, leaves are everywhere!
The perfect weather of Indian Summer lengthened and lingered, warm sunny days were followed by brisk nights with Halloween a presentiment in the air. - Wallace Stegner FOCUS: Nature Oh how fortunate we have been with the weather this fall - warm sunny days, crisp nights and color bursting from every leaf. As one... Continue Reading →
Spending time in a graveyard can teach you a lot about living. When I stopped at each grave I swear I could almost hear the silent stories of perfect strangers. Their tombs like silent philosophies of all the ways a life can be lived. Mother. Warrior. Twin. Friend to all, enemy to none. A faithful... Continue Reading →
Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, warmth itself. - Shauna Niequist FOCUS: Food Is there anything more delectable on a crisp fall day than the warm smell of pumpkin mixed with cinnamon and spices wafting from the kitchen? ... Continue Reading →
Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,— For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble. -William Shakespeare FOCUS: Seasonal I must admit that... Continue Reading →
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. - John Muir FOCUS: Travel There is nothing like a weekend in the mountains to clear the mind and rejuvenate the soul... especially when that weekend... Continue Reading →
Autumn is the hush before winter. ~French Proverb FOCUS: Nature I am truly in love with the autumn we are having here in Colorado. The weather has been spectacular, and the colors beyond compare. This morning, we woke up to a beautiful dusting of snow. The bright, white blanket made the fall colors all... Continue Reading →
She calls it "stick season," this slow disrobing of summer, leaf by leaf, till the bores of tall trees rattle and scrape in the wind. - Eric Pinder FOCUS: Digital Art I decided to have some fun with my photography today by doing little digital art. One of my favorite artistic tricks is to... Continue Reading →
Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year. ~Chad Sugg FOCUS: Nature The heart-shaped leaves our Eastern Redbud tree turn a brilliant yellow each fall, as if each leaf is bursting with love for the season.
October baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy And nurse me with spilt pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets And carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. - Rainbow Rowell FOCUS: Still Life Today I found the perfect pumpkins to decorate my front porch. Plump, round and oh so... Continue Reading →
The time of the falling leaves has come again. Once more in our morning walk we tread upon carpets of gold and crimson, of brown and bronze, woven by the winds or the rains out of these delicate textures while we slept. How beautifully the leaves grow old! How full of light and color are... Continue Reading →
October inherits summer's hand-me-downs: the last of the ironweed, its purple silken tatters turning brown, and the tiny starry white asters tumbling untidily on the ground like children rolling with laughter; stiff, drying Black-Eyed Susans whose dark eyes gleamed from July's roadsides; coneflowers with deep yellow petals surrounding brown pincushion centers from which bumblebees still... Continue Reading →
Fall: bright flame before winter's deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; ...The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world's oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white and silence of winter. Fall is begging for us to dance... Continue Reading →
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus FOCUS: Nature Today I focused on the subtler touches of autumn... a delicate vine, a fallen leaf, the trappings of a spider web. Tiny, unassuming, beautiful.
The tints of autumn...a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, frost. - John Greenleaf Whittier FOCUS: Nature A little tribute to the humble garden mum, which is the somewhat unappreciated supporting cast to the season's showstopping fall leaves...
In October what a feast to the eye our woods and groves present! The whole body of the air seems enriched by their calm, slow radiance. They are giving back the light they have been absorbing from the sun all summer. ~John Burrough FOCUS: Nature Dear Autumn, you are truly magnificent! Please stay awhile.... Continue Reading →
It was one of those perfect autumnal days, which occur more frequently in memory than in life. The rich colors of grass and earth were intensified by the mellow light of a sun almost warm enough for spring... ~P.D. James FOCUS: Nature Yet another beautiful fall day...
Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night; and thus he would never know the rhythms that are at the heart of life. ~Hal Borland FOCUS: Nature Yesterday's dusting of snow has given way to today's clear, crisp and... Continue Reading →
A wet autumn morning... The first snowfall of the season, blossom sized flakes falling languidly and melting on the ground, a premature snow fall delicate as lace, rapidly melting. - Joyce Carol Oates FOCUS: Nature This morning, snow fell soft and wet across the city. These slushy flakes didn't last long - virtually melting... Continue Reading →
There ought to be a way to combine "autumn" and "morning" into one word, the combination of the two is special enough to be its own entity. ~Terri Guillemets FOCUS: Nature This morning was beautiful. The air was cool and there was the slightest hint of frost on the ground. Lakes and streams were... Continue Reading →
Oh how we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin.... We anxiously anticipate it every year. - Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer FOCUS: Still Life I just love pumpkins. Even saying the word 'pumpkin' makes me smile. Their cute, misshapen visages give each one... Continue Reading →
I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables. FOCUS: Still Life October has arrived, and with it comes all the glory of autumn. It is a month filled with cool nights, crisp air, falling leaves, and all things 'pumpkin'. I can't wait to... Continue Reading →
Above me, wind does its best to blow leaves off the aspen tree... No use wind. All you succeed in doing is making music... - Bill Holm FOCUS: Nature The Colorado gold rush is on. The Aspen trees, bursting with color, are singing their autumnal song. ... Continue Reading →
I was drinking in the surroundings: air so crisp you could snap it with your fingers and greens in every lush shade imaginable offset by autumnal flashes of red and yellow.” - Wendy Delsol FOCUS: Nature Oh, autumn is truly in the air today... the temperatures are crisp, the sky is overcast, and a... Continue Reading →
"By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer." - Helen Hunt Jackson FOCUS: Nature Today brought the first real hint that autumn is just around the corner. The weather was cool, and the setting sun cast a warm glow over everything. Tonight the... Continue Reading →
I can see clearly now the rain has gone... - Johnny Nash FOCUS: Nature The weather today was beautiful, and the sky was so impossibly clear and blue that it almost seemed surreal. Perhaps that is what days and days of grey skies and rain will do to one's outlook on the weather. When... Continue Reading →