The wisdom of November

I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud.
So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colors are richer,
and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring,
nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age.
It knows the limitations of life and its content.

~Lin Yutang

Well, here we are in November…or as I call it, the lost month. Oh sure, we all know Thanksgiving falls at the end of the month (for those of us in the states), but judging by the music/decorations in the stores and the television commercials, it’s already the Christmas season.

I suppose it’s because Thanksgiving has little economic impact. There isn’t much to buy and no gifts are exchanged. So it becomes just a little speed bump on the way to the holidays.

November…the leaves have been stripped from the trees in middle Missouri. And the ones on the ground have lost their luster. Few flowers are left in the gardens and fields. The harvests are almost all stored. The color palette turns to browns, siennas and ochers. Quiet falls around us in November, and wraps us in solitude and introspection.

But there is still much to see if we look closely. Seedpods, thistles take on  new details.

Ornamental grasses bloom with their whisper soft plumes.

And the flower that looked like this a few weeks ago now takes on new attire, which you can see in my featured photo at the top.

November is wisdom personified in the somber reflection of the year’s beauty and bounty.

Linking up with Flower Art Friday

 

 

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9 thoughts on “The wisdom of November

  1. The muted colors and burst seed pods are the last colors before we get nailed with snow. I relish these November colosr. Brown grass in summer isn’t appealing but the variety of browns, tans, ecrus, etc. are delightful right now.

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  2. That quote is just great! For us, this November (so far) is unusually warm with grass still green, some trees still holding brightly colored leaves and the ground covered with pine needles rather than snow. I am loving it. I am thankful for it. I avoid looking at the aisles of Christmas items in the stores. Tooooooo early for that!

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  3. I’ve always loved Autumn, and your photographs are beautiful.

    Things do seem a bit more somber than usual at the moment. Sandy had plenty to do with that, and after so much election advertising bludgeoning us, it feels like a double whammy.

    And who knows what next week will bring?

    All the more reason to find a moment of beauty when and where we can.

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