Autumns Spell

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.

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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43 Responses to Autumns Spell

  1. Rosa de los Vientos says:

    “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!

  2. restlessjo says:

    The golden chestnut brown of those nuts is just gorgeous, Seonaid. As always, you cast a spell. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. janineyork says:

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I am well and enjoying autumns wonders as change rolls through my life once more. Lovely to read your comments as always.

  4. adinparadise says:

    Wonderful writing again, Seonaid. Autumn is such a magical time of year, and you’ve captured the enchantment, perfectly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Amy says:

    Beautiful writing about autumns, very inspiring! Love these photos.

  6. giselzitrone says:

    So schรถne Bilder ich wรผnsche einen wunderschรถnen Tag.GruรŸ und Freundschaft.Gislinde

  7. Suzanne says:

    Lovely. Although its spring here I’m almost wishing it was autumn after reading that ๐Ÿ™‚ Almost… but not quite. It’s nice to be feeling a bit warmer again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Paula says:

    A stunning combination of text and photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Yes Seonaid you’ve captured autumn perfectly, so descriptive, so romantic and the images are striking every one of them. A great post!

  10. ladyfi says:

    Fabulous words and photos. Autumn is one of my favourite seasons – so full of vibrancy and life.

  11. twoscamps says:

    Seonaid, this was a treat to read aloud. Beautiful, beautiful prose!

  12. Su Leslie says:

    As always, beautiful words and images that just work so well together!

  13. You captured Autumn’s glory and essence in picture and word.

  14. What wonderful photos and lovely words too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. says:

    So crisp!

  16. Mjollnir says:

    Lovely stuff ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. Michael56j says:

    Beautiful article and photos.

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