Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Colors Of October

I took a driving tour down a gravel lane in Brasher State Forest and snapped some photos of the lovely trees. But instead of my own clumsy words, I've paired them with notable quotes from authors more capable than I:

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 
--L.M Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
--Albert Camus

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”--Lauren DeStefano, Wither

“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.”
--Yoko Ono

“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

“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."
[Indian Summer]”
--William Cullen Bryant

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” 
--Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house."[Notebook, Oct. 10, 1842]”
 --Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks

“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 Cezanne

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”
--Humbert Wolfe

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
--Jim Bishop

“And I rose
In rainy autumn
And walked abroad in a shower of all my days...”
--Dylan Thomas, Collected Poems

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