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I Love Autumn

I love Autumn. 

But this year it snuck up on me, just like Sandburg’s catlike fog.  I was reminded of its arrival by a fellow blogger who reminded us all that memories of fall make the season that much better. The quote she shared was by P. D. James:  “It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.”

I immediately started reminiscing about some of my favorite times from past autumns:  Halloween costume parties, pig roasts in the park, football games on chilly nights, strolls through the trees looking for fall colors, my first visit to Yosemite, a great trip with my Dad to find fall colors in Bishop, CA—and of course Thanksgiving with all its colors and aromas and family times. 

Before the season moves on to the chill of winter, I thought I would share some photos that capture the wonder of autumn for me.  It truly is my favorite season.  I would encourage you to get outside and enjoy autumn as it settles in.  As Nathaniel Hawthorne says, “I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air. “  He is a pretty wise man. 

My Homage to Autumn in Word and Image

 Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.  Elizabeth Lawrence

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  Albert Camus

 

Amidst the splendor of the scene

and the silence

I was filled with a wonderful peace.

Basho

It’s autumn in the country I remember.  Trumbull Stickney

I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence. Thomas Hood

The spirits of the road beckoned, and I could do no work at all.   Basho

 How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days.  John Burroughs

Every leaf speaks bliss to me fluttering from the autumn tree. Emily Bronte

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 For the Fall of the year is more than three months bounded by an equinox and a solstice.  It is a summing up with the finality of a year’s end.  Hal Borland

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.  Stanley Horowitz

Comments on: "I Love Autumn" (25)

  1. Beautiful photos, beautiful quotes. Thank you. Barb

  2. Great photos, Patti. Gotta love those mountains–I’d have to drive hours to see some.

  3. Gorgeous photos, Patti! As much as I hate the cold that I know is approaching, I do look forward to the autumn colors and photographing all of the beauty of this season. If I can get out and capture some similar photos it will be worth it 🙂

  4. Stunningly beautiful photos! Quotes go perfectly with the photos. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Beautiful images and a wonderful selection of quotes. I shall return to this as the Season progresses. Many thanks 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by–and appreciating the quotes. I do love them, and collect them. Maybe more will surface as others write about fall this season.

  6. Very nice! Autumn is slowly creeping up on us where i live. There are leaves already brown crumpled and falling. And there are some yellows beginning to show and a little more scarlet. But there is still so much green. Maybe next week I’ll start to see some real color. I love the photos and I’m hoping I’ll be able to get some good ones, too.

  7. Autumn remains my favorite season, here where I don’t get to experience all its splendor the way I used to. Images and words like these evoke the sense of anticipation I felt whenever the leaves started changing colors: all the old was being swept away to pave the way for something new and–I hoped–wondrous. I think it would’ve felt this way to me even apart from my October birthday, which I shared with my mom.

    So many moments, images and feelings wash over me as I reflect on Autumn. Perhaps I should think on it more often! Thanks for reminding me. 🙂

  8. You captured Autumn ‘s magic. Beautiful colors.

  9. Today is my first day since the end of the project. Besides starting to make my rounds to the places I’ve missed since mid-June, it’s also the first day I have to deal with falling leaves. Not all that many – just one section of the yard – but this starts a ritual that will end sometime in late November/early December. Yep – I get that many falling leaves.

    I’m not who crazy about high humidity … OK … I hate it – so fall is an enjoyable weather. It’s a great time to be outside for festivals, football games, or just those long walks in the woods.

    Love the pics … Yosemite?

    • Thanks for stopping by. I love leaves, but without a yard myself, I never have to rake leaves–a task I would not love. I think the weather is the best part of fall for me. My very first visit to Yosemite National Park was in October years and years ago, but it remains one of the memories that surfaces first whenever I think about that beautful place!

  10. WOW! What a beautiful autumn photographs, but especially I loved number one and five! And you weaved with such a beautiful poetical lines… This is so beautiful dear Patti, Thank you, Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

    • Thanks. Photos and quotes are two of my favorite things! And numbers 1 & 5 are some of my favorites as well, plus 8. Blessings and happiness to you as well.

  11. Wow, Patti, how beautiful! I love the photos and the quotes. Living in south Texas, we don’t get much fall foliage, so that was a real treat! The Sandburg poem is my all-time favorite. Thanks for reminding me how much I love it!

  12. Autumn is also my favorite season. I’ve awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award!

  13. […] I Love Autumn by Patti Ross (in which jacket weather is a good thing) […]

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