A running flame

Eric sent me this photo taken near his home in the north Georgia mountains, October 2011.

Eric sent me this photo taken near his home in the north Georgia mountains, October 2011.

“Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.”Faith Baldwin

If you live in the northern hemisphere, I hope you are close enough to visit some area where the torch of autumn is lighting up the forests.  Not all of us live near mountains, but anywhere there are deciduous trees, we may be able to see the spectacular colors that are only seen in nature.  Let’s rejoice at the beauty, as the crisp exhilaration of fall lights up the days and weeks to come.

One year ago today:

Bright and intense and beautiful

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Good morning, Julia!
    It hasn’t occurred to me that leaves change in Georgia. Of course they do. I wonder where the line(?) is, south of which leaves don’t really turn? My parents, in Florida, don’t have a serious autumn or winter, and neither does my uncle, in Arizona.
    I love autumn. It’s my favorite time of the year. It’s good to know that one can still enjoy autumn leaves, without necessarily living in the super frigid climate of Minnesota!

    • In Georgia, at least in East Point where I grew up, we had mostly pine needles, which fell year round. But there definitely were leaves that turned and fell. I am guessing that somewhere near the Georgia/Florida border, the seasons grow less pronounced. But as in Hawaii, Florida DOES have seasons. I remember when we first got to Hawaii, I asked if it got cold at all in winter. “Oh yes!” I was told, “You will be able to wear long sleeves sometimes.” 🙂 I guess everything is relative.

      • “You will be able to wear long sleeves sometimes.” – that is hilarious!
        I am considering possibly moving to Arizona. Arizona does get “winter,” especially at the higher altitudes, and I remember it snowing once as I drove through Sedona. Still, that was nothing like the truly dangerous cold that we sometimes face here in Minnesota.

        • Yes, I have to admit, I don’t see why anyone would CHOOSE to live in such a cold place. I have friends in Sedona, and I keep saying I’m going to go see them, but so far have not made it out there yet. We knew them in California. I think they like Arizona much better.

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