Something in the autumn

Our Yorktown, Virginia neighborhood, November 2008

There is something in the autumn that is native to my blood —
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.  — Bliss Carman

Autumn reminds us of the brevity of life as the lush blossoms of summer fade and die away, replaced by the dazzling final act of foliage that will soon be gone.   The coming onset of winter can be depressing, yet somehow fall retains a unique splendor that makes it the favorite season for many of us.  That first snap of chill in the air after the summer heat breaks, followed by the excitement of the harvest holidays and winter merriment, help to take the sting out of the months of cold that will follow.


  1. Megan

    I used to say summer was my favorite season, but now I’ve jumped on the autumn bandwagon. You captured the essence of the season so perfectly. What a beautiful picture!

    • Thanks, Megan! When I’m deep in the throes of gardening or baseball mania, I sometimes get tricked into thinking spring is my favorite. But autumn always wins out, especially now that we are living back in the eastern US where trees are more plentiful. Hot cider, anyone?

  2. Kathy

    Beautifully said (although I’m still a summer girl)! And the trees are glorious! When I see this photo, I think of your long walks with Pasha around your neighborhood.

    • I read that Queen Elizabeth copes with stress by walking her dogs. I guess I’m in good company.

  3. Great! )


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