“Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow.” – Unknown
Easier to read: autumnal equinox, fall, season, October, chilly mornings, leaves, vivid colors, brown, gold, yellow, red, orange, golden, smoke, bonfire, burning leaves, crunching, jumping, tossing, raking, leaf pile, path, trail, meander, overgrown gardens, reap, cobwebs, gourds, woods, snowy mountains, orchard, tree, maple, oak, branches, corn maze, cornstalks, candy corn, Indian corn, Indian summer, squirrel, chipmunk, foraging sparrows, football, World Series, brisk, chilly, cold, icy, frost, breath, pumpkin patch, hay, bale, falling leaves, pumpkin carving, nuts, cinnamon, pumpkins, apples, spicy, savory, cider, hot cocoa, coffee, soup, stew, chili, scarves, sweaters, jackets, fire, warm, roaring, crackling, inviting, cozy, crisp, blustery, welcoming, sights, sounds, smells, blowing out the sprinkler system, putting the pool away, deep blue sky, clouds, rain, wind, storm, breeze, flannel, denim, corduroy, wool, fleece, Harvest moon, moonglow, moondance, plaid.
I love words.
Today, for the first time really, there is no doubt we are facing autumn and total weather changing for the season. That breeze that blew through yesterday – we went from 82 to 55 in 2 hours! I see a possible snow-shower for Saturday on the forecast. Like clockwork.
…I have been younger in October
than in all the months of spring…
naked air late morning
my love is for lightness…
– W. S. Merwin, The Love of October
I have simply been the most neglectful gardener this year, so I will let what happens, happen. Anything that survives this brief cold front, bravo. Anything that doesn’t, fare-thee-well. The fridge is already full of bounty and I am ready to embrace this next season.