An Autumn Appreciation Pictorial

As much as I dread winter, autumn is still my favorite season. I love so many things about it.

Image

There’s usually a subtlety to it’s arrival. The extra coolness in a breeze. The way a shadow newly falls across something familiar. Sunlight turns golden as the earth turns it’s face away from the sun.

Image

And of course, the leaves.

Image

The air is clearer, less humid, the skies are bluer.

Image

Squirrels dart about noisily amidst the dry leaves looking for acorns.

Image

The smell of rotting foliage, like a mixture of rich earth and freshly split wood.

Image

A crazily honking V flies overhead.

Image

A night walk is so quiet that stepping on a crunchy leaf sounds downright rude, and crushing an acorn is like a pistol shot.

Image

Autumn has it’s own iconography — the harvest, the pumpkins and gourds, horns of plenty (cornucopia), Indian corn, scarecrows.

Image

Image

Image

Image

It’s a time of reaping, but it’s also a time of endings. But this isn’t a harsh season, it just contains the _threat_ of winter. Robert Burton in his “Anatomy of Melancholy” calls it the most melancholy season — I would disagree, autumn contains a bittersweet, sublime melancholy. Late in the season life is fading from the world and everything is muted muted.

Image

The days getting shorter as night gradually creeps further into the day and the world seems to have a little less potential for getting things done. There’s a reason there are so many autumn pictures of abandoned park benches, this is as season of turning inward.

Image

Spring with it’s sense of potential and sexuality, and summer with it’s long, fun days and forgiving nature are both long gone now. Autumn is a mysterious, deceptive in-between state, a time of adulthood and reflection. A time of beauty and mortality.

There’s a reason Halloween falls in this season, and it’s not just Halloween that gives it it’s creepy, magical character. There’s just something about this time of year, something in the air.

Image

Image

 

 

More eye candy for you…

Autumn56e2ecd387483cbb914b05fde34e3e08Autumn-Widescreen-Wallpaper autumn-widescreen-hd-high-def-desktop-background Autumn-HD-Wallpaper-Widescreen

 

 

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s