Seasonal musings

A moral character is attached to autumnal scenes; the leaves falling like our years, the flowers fading like our hours, the clouds fleeting like our illusions, the light diminishing like our intelligence, the sun growing colder like our affections, the rivers becoming frozen like our lives—all bear secret relations to our destinies. 
~François-René de Chateaubriand

Oh my, François, you’re a bit of a downer! For someone who founded Romanticism in French literature, and considered himself the greatest lover, the greatest writer, and the greatest philosopher of his age, this quote is awfully depressing.

Especially to one who loves Autumn. I like this quote so much better.

It was one of those days you sometimes get latish in the autumn when the sun beams, the birds toot, and there is a bracing tang in the air that sends the blood beetling briskly through the veins. 
~PG Wodehouse Jeeves and the Old School Chum

But, here’s one that may split the difference in thought.

Autumn teaches us that fruition is also death; that ripeness is a form of decay. The willows, having stood for so long near water, begin to rust. Leaves are verbs that conjugate the seasons.
~Gretel Ehrlich

Leaves are verbs that conjugate the seasons…..don’t you just LOVE that line?!

If you’ve been a follower of mine for more than a few seasons, it’s no secret I have a passion for Autumn unlike any other time of year. Oh, there are things I like about all four seasons, but Autumn fills up every one of my senses. Just this morning I’m pretty certain that while sitting in the morning calm on the patio, I heard a squirrel banging a hickory nut against the trunk of a tree to get it open.

I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.
~Lee Maynard

The rest of these photos were taken during my morning walks with Cabo. He was more than willing to stop and pee sniff around while I snapped a few pics. Enjoy! I did.

Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.
~Siobhan Vivian

I know the lands are lit, with all the autumn blaze of Goldenrod.
~Helen Hunt Jackson

There is a time in the last few days of summer when the ripeness of autumn fills the air.
~Rudolfo Anaya

And who wouldn’t love Autumn with this quote? We haven’t had our first frost yet, but I can visualize the beauty of this scene in my mind.

“But frost, like the crystallized dreams of autumn, began to coat the clearing with its sugar glaze.”
~Victoria Logue, Redemption

And now, I’ll just leave you with this thought.

“Come, little leaves,” said the Wind one day,
“Come to the meadows with me and play.
Put on your dresses of red and gold;
For Summer is past, and the days grow cold.”

~George Cooper

Blog hopping today with Thankful Thursday over at Brian’s Home. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m thankful for Autumn!!



8 thoughts on “Seasonal musings

  1. When I read the first quote, I wondered what drew you to that one, so I was much relieved with those that followed. This year, more than recent years in my memory at least, the colors in my yard seem so much more vivid and I am content to wander about the yard and take them all in. I am content with my view as I have my morning coffee. I am loving this because I know winter will follow, and I will be less content. Your photos are a wonderful depiction of autumn.

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