Autumn’s faces

Posted: October 23, 2016 in Miscellaneous
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No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.
[The Autumnal]
~John Donne, The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose

A week ago, autumn arrived for me when I slipped into flannel-lined jeans to bundle up for the Saturday morning farmers market.  Officially, I think it arrived last night, when I donned flannel pajamas and then, this morning, flipped the “Heat” switch on the thermostat to “Auto”, albeit with the temperature set quite low, just enough to take the daunting chill from the air.  I’ll turn it down again tonight for perfect sleeping temperature.

© janet m. webb 2016

At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost.
~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Cézanne    

In the park, summer’s bright colors have given way to brown, ochre, tan, grey, and black, at least when viewed in the aggregate.  Above shoulder level, deciduous trees and some bushes flaunt their gaudy reds and yellows, while some have flung or floated their lives away to crunch beneath my feet as I walk.

But if you’re not in a hurry and you look carefully, you’ll find a few hearty souls still standing firm against the relentless encroachment of a sere landscape. These foreshadow the coming of Christmas’ reds and greens.

© janet m. webb 2016

Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

[Letter to Miss Lewis, Oct. 1, 1841]
~George Eliot, George Eliot’s Life, as Related in Her Letters and Journals

© janet m. webb 2016

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

  1. nowathome says:

    What a beautiful post! Love the autumn colours! We are now heading into summer! Have a great Sunday, Janet!

    • Good morning, Aletta. Even though I understand the seasonal differences, I still find it interesting that we’re opposite in seasons and that you have Christmas in summer. 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday (or I hope you had one.)

  2. MissKymmiee says:

    Amazing post ❤️️ Totally worth the read 💕 Enjoy your Sunday

  3. anglogermantranslations says:

    Sere? Thank you for a new word. 🙂

  4. Suzanne says:

    How trulybeautiful. Your photos are stunning. Your writing and the quotes fit together so well.

  5. Dan Antion says:

    Very nice thoughts for the season, Janet. I know winter is coming, but at least we get to go through fall to get there. I do love October!

  6. Lena says:

    I love this post Janet, I don’t think I could stand living somewhere there’s no autumn.

  7. The color scheme certainly changes as the temperatures dip. We’ve gone from the pastels of spring and the bright colors of summer to the golds and yellows of fall. Beautiful photos. 🙂

    • I find that even in winter, there’s beauty in the dead plants, especially against a background of white, although I’m happy to wait some time yet for snow. 🙂 I’m always up for snow at Christmas, of course. 🙂


  8. Oh, Janet. What great pics! You are so good at this. Your talent is blossoming more each day.

    PS love those red berries that look like flying cock-eyed eyes.

  9. Debbie Smyth says:

    Lovely post. I enjoyed the colours and the great quotes too. And your writing of course.

  10. Laura says:

    I think your post perfectly captures the spirit of October.

  11. jan says:

    Great compositions!

  12. thirdeyemom says:

    All our leaves were falling today and it made me sad. I find November hard as it is so brown. But then we normally have some pretty snow by December. 😊

  13. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love, love, love October. It is easily my favourite month. Your lovely photos explain why 🙂

    • It certainly is a beautiful time of year, Joanne. Our leaves are changing color, although the wind has taken some before their time (or before allowing me to see the entire tree in full color.) I’m looking forward to seeing what the park looks like tomorrow morning.


      • Joanne Sisco says:

        I’m glad I got out last week for a couple of days in the country to enjoy the colours. It’s been very windy here since Saturday. Before long there won’t be much left 😦

  14. bythebriny says:

    Love all those rich autumn colours.

  15. Madhu says:

    And I envy you your Octobers! 🙂 Beautiful post Janet. Especially love the tenacious remnants of summer.