She flies in on the leading feathers of the geese, and she dims the suns light. It becomes softer, and the shadows limbs stretch long across the land. The heat is drawn out of the sunlight, almost imperceptibly to begin with, but degree by degree the earth begins to cool. This cooling will crumple the liquid gold grass, folding the precious seeds back into the soil, but I’m getting ahead of myself now. In the early days of the season the light seems to glow with jewel like intensity, the warmth of its colour making up for the cooling air.
Tiny patches at the edges of the leaves begin to lose their greenness. She weaves it out, folding brown and gold threads back in through the trees veins. Under her slender fingers green decays, spreading out from tiny ochre spots, into crisp dry death.
But her spell is not all loss, she weaves fruits and nuts to rounded ripeness. The plump shiny bodies of the nuts glisten in the fading sun, a moment of glory before the earth draws them back to herself. Was there ever a colour more magnificent than chestnut brown, set in soft green velvet.
Perhaps the royal purple of the elderberries in their luscious glory can outshine the glossy browns of nuts. Gleaming like glass beads embroidered among the bright green silks. Their juice as rich as gold, gathered in perfect purple drops.
While overhead her sweet breath turns green to red. A dazzling cloak to wrap the earth against the chill of the long nights ahead, and the clear blue skies. Autumns blue is cold and bright, bringing seeds to fruition and leaves to their end. Her spell is so filled with bounty and colour and beauty, that we barely notice death as he creeps across the earth, rolling the seasons forwards. Autumns spell weaves the ends of summers threads into the edges of winter, in a soft colour filled cloth to enchant and delight our senses.
“Her spell is so filled with bounty and colour and beauty, that we barely notice death as he creeps across the earth, rolling the seasons forwards”. Love this sentence of yours.
A glossy chestnut and have a nice week Seonaid!
The golden chestnut brown of those nuts is just gorgeous, Seonaid. As always, you cast a spell. 🙂
I love those chestnuts, they make me feel 10 years old again, and they were still cool and moist to the touch, having just been popped from their cases 🙂
Such glorious photos!
Thanks Marion, autumn in her glorious rich colours always catches my eye 🙂
What a perfectly beautiful way to capture Autumn’s beauty. Through both your words and your amazing images you have given me such joy this afternoon. Thank you Seonaid! I hope you are well, love and peace, Janine
Janine, how wonderful to hear my post brought you joy. That brings me joy in turn 🙂 I am well and enjoying autumns wonders as change rolls through my life once more. Lovely to read your comments as always.
Wonderful writing again, Seonaid. Autumn is such a magical time of year, and you’ve captured the enchantment, perfectly. 🙂
Thanks so much, I’m glad to meet another fan of autumn and her wonderful bounty….today the mist rolled in and the sky hovered close to the earth muffling the light to soft grey….another type of autumn magic 🙂
Beautiful writing about autumns, very inspiring! Love these photos.
Thanks Amy, the light was beautiful for catching some shots of Autumns wonderful colours.
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Thank you 🙂
Lovely. Although its spring here I’m almost wishing it was autumn after reading that 🙂 Almost… but not quite. It’s nice to be feeling a bit warmer again. 🙂
I love Autumn…..but wouldn’t want two in a year 🙂 enjoy your beautiful spring!
A stunning combination of text and photos 🙂
Thanks Paula. You must get glorious autumn colours in your part of the world.
Not quite yet … but hopefully …
Yes Seonaid you’ve captured autumn perfectly, so descriptive, so romantic and the images are striking every one of them. A great post!
Gilly, what a great compliment, thank you. My romantic streak is always trying to seep out….any excuse 🙂
Fabulous words and photos. Autumn is one of my favourite seasons – so full of vibrancy and life.
I can only agree Fi, I love autumn and the endless abundance. Everything reaching its ripeness.
Seonaid, this was a treat to read aloud. Beautiful, beautiful prose!
Now that really made me smile…..the thought of my words flowing from someone else’s mouth and out into the world. Wonderful thank you 🙂
As always, beautiful words and images that just work so well together!
Very kind Su, it’s lovely to know you enjoy the combinations 🙂
You captured Autumn’s glory and essence in picture and word.
The essence of autumn, I like that 🙂
What wonderful photos and lovely words too. 🙂
So much lovely praise. Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂
Crisp beauty 🙂
Jaaa indeed !
Lovely stuff 😀
It’s all the rich colours which catch my eye 🙂
How’s autumn progressing over there? I’ll be back in about ten hours! 😀
Well today for the first time in ages it’s raining……so it feels very autumnal and misty 🙂
You’re in perfect time to catch all the autumn colour in the trees. Enjoy!
I’ll try and stay out the pub long enough then! 😀
Beautiful article and photos.
Thank you Michael, autumns glory is so inspiring.