Wednesday Vignette: Autumn

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Fall is in the air, carried on the damp and musky fragrance of damp leaves gathering on the edges of the drive. 


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A storm churning off the coast has brought us wind from the northeast.  The air is almost cool, and very damp. 


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Overcast skies promise rain; but all we get is mist. 


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The garden looks old and faded these days; the growing season visibly winding down. 


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It is almost a relief to know that cooler shorter days lie ahead. 


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From today onward, as each day grows shorter, darkness overcomes the daylight.  Evening comes a bit sooner each day. 


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Each morning dawns with a chill in the air.  Birds gather where summer’s seeds have ripened, moving in and out of shrubs with purpose in their search for food. 


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Our transition through the seasons echoes our expectations of the pleasures to come. 


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Gourds, pumpkins, and Chrysanthemums fill the benches at the garden center and farmer’s market.  Fresh apples have come in season, and chilled jugs of fresh cider have magically appeared in the supermarket coolers. 


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Fall has its own sweet tang; its nostalgia; its urgency to gather the last fruits of summer before it fades away.


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Woodland Gnome 2015


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“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times.

But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide

is what to do with the time that is given us.”


J.R.R. Tolkien


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Wednesday Vignettes

Garden Blogger’s Foliage Day


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13 responses to “Wednesday Vignette: Autumn

  1. Laurin Lindsey

    You have captured fall perfectly and I was drawn to all the little pops of red as you set the scene with the first single leaf in red. A pleasure to read!

  2. I feel right in tune with your Autumnal musings, unlike some who would have summer last forever.

  3. Beautiful pictures and musings on the coming of Autumn! I’ve enjoyed watching your garden grow this year. – Blessings, Sarah

  4. Suitably melancholic for autumn. Even my husband, who is not one for poetry quoted “mornings of must and mellow fruitfulness” this morning. Thanks for linking in with GBFD.

  5. That’s a wonderful testimonial to fall. I wish fall would move in here – summer is overstaying its welcome.

  6. I think there is something very beautiful about fall. My husband and I were just tonight, over dinner, talking about that smell of crisp air and damp leaves. We don’t get it much here, and we miss it. Love the Tolkien quote at the end – hit me right in the heart!

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