Autumn Nostalgia

On the way into town today leaves fluttered from trees and floated across the road in windy disarray. So many barren branches compared to just a week ago. Now that clocks have been turned back, the extra few minutes of morning light are welcome, but evening sunsets are too early. It’s hard to steel myself to face twilight before I’ve even had my dinner.

As we whizzed past winter-readied fields I thought of our own gardens with their mushy hostas and wilted lily spears, faded hydrangea blooms and brittle astilbe feathers. I’ve ignored the fall cleanup process in favour of NaNoWriMo writing. I’ll be sorry next spring when new growth struggles to emerge from under the debris.

Autumn Sky

Colour still haunts the few leaves clinging to our blueberry bushes, but the lilac shrubs are bare. There is melancholy in late fall – regret for the passing of another season – but it is tempered with the promise that after winter’s hiatus the cycle will begin again.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

(I Chronicles 16:34)

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7 thoughts on “Autumn Nostalgia

  1. Judith Robl says:

    Ecclesiastes 3: 11 – He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

    Enjoy the changing of the seasons. NaNo is a season, too, so enjoy it. You can always clean the garden in early spring.

  2. Judith Robl says:

    PS. Wonderful pics. How I envy your ability to capture those images.

  3. Your photos evoke in me a nostalgic sense of times gone by when I lived in the Great Lakes region where lands are flat and the horizon is far out in the distance. I see a mountain in the background of one photo. I didn’t see mountains in Ohio. It’s the skies that bear a cold and somber resemblance.

    I looked at Google images of the flowers in your garden. They are beautiful, Carol. Thank you for sharing and blessings to you…

  4. patti says:

    Oh, Carol, how BEAUTIFUL! The scriptures just come alive when read with those pix!!!

    I love this blog.
    Patti

  5. joylene says:

    Amen. Thank you for sharing these lovely photographs, Carol. They are beyond breathtaking. Haunting, yes. They make me feel uplifted.

  6. Laura Best says:

    Love the photos, Carol. I agree that fall does fill us with a feeling of melancholy.

  7. Thank you to all of you for your kind comments on the photos. The three landscapes were once again taken through the car windshield as we hurried past! So if they have any merit, it’s mostly because of good luck. 🙂

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