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!!




Sympathy for decay

“I love autumn,” Emily said to me. “It wins you over with its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.”
~Nicholas Sparks, Two By Two

While the trees here in middle Missouri are ramping up for their show, other areas are finishing with the warm up act. Most eyes are on the main event, but there’s beauty in the understated undergrowth if we’re willing to take time to notice.

Normally, decay is not a pretty sight. The spring and summer riot of color is welcoming to our visual senses after winter. How many of us love to cut/buy flowers to lift our spirits and brighten our mood? We tend to prefer beauty; we prefer organized; we prefer preservation. The lovely fields of wildflowers and architectural beauty of new/restored buildings thrill us…..but, not so much urban decay (which is interesting on its own merits) or the creepy crawlies in the decomposing leaf litter returning to the earth.

But, in Autumn…..these things work hand in hand to allow us to witness the beauty of nature in every phase of the lifecycle; the fascinating work of our ecosystem in sustaining life for the coming year.

There can be an unspoken beauty in death and decay.

Blog hopping today with Peabea’s Pictorial Tuesday.

Awwww Monday: best of both worlds

Hello again. Cabo here with an update on the changing seasons. Although the calendar says it’s Autumn, the temperature still says it’s hot here in middle Missouri. My mom read in one of her magazines there should be another month added to the calendar called Saugust……hot temps like August, but in an Autumn month.

I agree. Part of me really wants to enjoy the outside……

But part of me likes being in my kennel where the portable AC is still running.

What do you think of my solution? Hope everyone has an (p)awwwwesome week.

Blog hopping today with Comedy Plus and Awwww Monday.

Just for Fun

Here’s a fun Christmas season activity. Create a playlist of songs using the first letter of your name. If you’re really ambitious, use your last name too! I created two lists with links to YouTube videos. Enjoy some of the sounds of the season!

The first playlist has more traditional Christian carols.
L   Little Drummer Boy by Josh Groban
I    It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Mercy Me
S  Silent Night by Sarah McLachlan
A  Angels We Have Heard on High by Third Day

The second is a collection of seasonal, traditional and whimsical songs.
L   Let It Snow by Michael Bublé
I    I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayla Peevey
S  Sleigh Ride by Manheim Steamroller
A  A Marshmallow World by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra

May your lights be bright and your cocoa hot this holiday season.



Autumn’s endings

This might be my last post of the Autumn beauty in middle Missouri. I’m not getting out as much as I’d like, and have had to rely on a few hit and run photos this year. Time continues to slip away each day. It seems like I’m busy but at the end of the day, I can’t really point to accomplishing much of anything. Strange.

Autumn continues to be the season of reflection for  me. But, my reflecting has taken a shift with the addition of Entrepreneur’s cancer. A friend’s wife passed on November 1st after battling this horrid disease for more than a year. These types of events tend to intensify reflection…and reassessing priorities. There is so much in this world that is simply not worth bickering over in the grand scheme of things.

Time is such a fleeting illusion. Hours can sometimes drag, but then days, weeks and months are gone before we realize it. We all say we want to live for the moment….yet, we’re quick to squander those moments with activities that are counter-intuitive to that goal.

Autumn was a mixed bag of weather this year. One week it was like a summer day with sandals and shorts; the next, we’re hauling out the coats and boots. One thing for sure….I’m not looking forward to the cold. And, I can feel its presence much sooner than expected. I’ve discovered the older I get, the more intolerant I am to cold weather.

Believe it our not, I took this shot almost as an afterthought. Twix and I were puttering around the yard on one of those summery Autumn days. As soon as I saw it on the computer, I knew exactly which quote to pair with it!

I hope your Autumn has been enjoyable so far. I’m sharing today with others over at Peabea’s Pictorial Tuesday. 

October Photo Challenge: Photographer’s Choice

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

You might think phrase as a bit odd for October….when there isn’t a jingle bell or snowflake in sight…at least in middle Missouri. But PJ’s prompt this month is Photographer’s Choice, sooooo my choice is to feature my favorite season of the year…Autumn.

Use what you have, use what the world gives you. Use the first day of fall: bright flame before winter’s deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; cool nights and the smell of fire. Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, warmth itself. The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world’s oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white silence of winter.
~Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

Based on this quote, who wouldn’t love Autumn? So here’s my five (with accompanying quotes) for October’s photo challenge.

Photographer’s Choice #1
Wouldn’t you just luuvvv to spend a warm Autumn day creek stomping along this waterway? It’s not fancy or especially gorgeous, but when I happened across this scene, it struck me as extremely inviting.

Photographer’s Choice #2
Summer’s blue sky doesn’t hold a candle to an October blue sky.

Photographer’s Choice #3
The trees are ablaze with color now thanks to a few nights in the 30sF, but Autumn color is not always in the trees.

Photographer’s Choice #4
This might just be my favorite Autumn quote. Doesn’t it conjure up a delicious image…and you can almost smell the brown sugar and cinnamon!

Photographer’s Choice #5
I completely agree. I’m totally bewitched by Autumn’s colors, aromas and cozy textures.

There’s my five for this month. Please take time to visit PJ’s on October 31st and see what other photographers chose for this month’s enjoyment. Better yet, play along with us next month!