Saturday, September 23, 2006

Welcome to a New Season

Welcome Autumn. We have been looking forward to your arrival. You bring with you the crisp chilled air and the lovely colors. You give us time to think back upon our summer memories and look forward to the beauty of winter. You are the season which brings one year’s growth to an end and allows all living things to rest and prepare for the new life of the coming spring. Autumn we surely wish you could also bring with you the gift of peace.

No spring nor summer
Beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in
One autumnal face
-John Donne-

Now it’s your turn. What does Autumn mean to you?

(The picture was taken in my own back yard three days ago. The plant is native to Florida and its common name is appropriately enough, Beauty Berry.)


Blogger MichaelBains said...

Beauty Berry indeed! Gorgeous, but they don't "look" edible. Are they?

Autumn means thing's are wrappin' up and I got to start planning for a better year ahead.

Well, that and Football!

September 23, 2006 3:08 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Autumn is my favorite season when the year starts winding down into hibernation. It's the world at rest.

September 23, 2006 4:00 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I'm sure you'll agree, Autumn in Florida is subtle, not the lavish spread of color, but it's a time we start celebrating temperatures below 90F. We make jokes - Better take your scarf and mittens today, it's going to be 87! Then we all laugh like manic people starved for cooler weather.

September 23, 2006 4:32 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

PoP, crawfordslist has been kidnapped to betaland again. Feel free to drop by my place to chat.

September 23, 2006 4:44 AM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

Autumn means football and good fishing to me, plus it heralds the arrival of my favorite holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Peacechick is right on about fall in Florida. It is subtle, but many folks make the mistake of missing it altogether, and it's worth noticing.

September 23, 2006 5:05 AM  
Blogger Sue Woo said...

I have a mockingbird in my yard that is very happy and talks to me all the time. It's because he loves my beauty berry AND the huge pyracantha. Thanks for the pic.

September 23, 2006 5:42 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I was hoping you'd have a garden picture today. I lucked out! I think I have this plant on the edge of my field and will be going back to check and see.

Autumn for me is outdoor fires, pumkins on the front step, rosey cheeks and me constantly craving comfort foods that make me put on weight.

September 23, 2006 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Knox Rover said...

Autumn is my favorite season. Oh, how I miss it, living in Southern California! Autumn in Tennessee mean't hiking on forest paths with yellow and orange leaves raining down on me. It was the smell of wood fires and the rich earth and puffs of mist hanging low on the river. It mean't craft shows and Halloween decorations and v-shaped formations of geese migrating and baking pecan and pumpkin pies. Okay, I'm homesick now!

September 23, 2006 7:19 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Fall in Michigan is beautiful. I enjoy taking my boys on walks through the woods to look at the wonderful colors. It's not too hot and humid, as in the summer, and the lack of insects makes it more enjoyable as well.

September 23, 2006 7:24 AM  
Blogger JM said...

I'm in denial. I'll keep wearing shorts and insisting that it's summer until I begin to freeze. And the positive thing for me is that fall means football, with the downside of raking leaves.

September 23, 2006 7:41 AM  
Blogger L>T said...

Autumm means crisp morning walks & all the lovely autumm smells & colors.
It's our brief respite before the months of dreary rain here in the Pacific Northwest.
It also means hunting season & venison in the freezer & making applesauce & what to do with all the zuchinni & vegies piling up. & watching the kids playing at the bus-stop on the corner.

It's a very 'homey' time of year.

September 23, 2006 7:50 AM  
Blogger Sammi2u said...

Autumn in New England; the air is crisp, the leaves are turning into fire & gold, apple picking then pumpkin picking, its my absolute favorite time of the year.

September 23, 2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger Karen McL said...

My absolute FAV time of Year!

Break out the Van Morrison - "Autumn Song":

"Leaves of brown they fall to the ground
And it's here, over there leaves around
Shut the door, dim the lights and relax
What is more, your desire or the facts

Pitter patter the rain falling down
Little glamor sun coming round
Take a walk when autumn comes to town

Little stroll past the house on the hill
Some more coal on the fire will do well
And in a week or two it'll be Halloween
Set the page and the stage for the scene

Little game the children will play
And as we watch them while time away
Look at me and take my breath away yeah

You'll be smiling eyes beguilding
And the song on the breeze
Will call my name out and your dream

Chestnuts roasting outside as you walk
With your love by your side
The old accordion man plays mellow and bright
And you go home in the crispness of the night

Little later friends will be along
And if you feel like joining the throng
Just might feel like singing Autumn song
Just may feel like singing Autumn song

You'll be smiling
Eyes beguilding
And the song on the breeze
Calls my name out in your dream

Chestnuts roasting outside
As you walk with your love by your side
And the old accordion plays mellow and bright."

September 23, 2006 10:26 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

autumn in arizona has a different feel. the monsoon's broken, both heat and humidity are lower. it's time for planting spinach (nyeh, nyeh) and butter lettuce in the truck patch. we're about to enter our big time growing season. it means that a lot of outdoor stuff that was denied us during the summer is now happening. elk are bugling in the mountains. quail and pheasant are running through the asparagus fields. it's my favorite time for riding horses out in the hills. oh yeah, and "the pioneer's living history museum" in phoenix is having "cowboy days" yours truly will be playing stephen foster's "hard times" and "cowboy's lament" on the harp sunday. autumn also means that it won't be long before stevie nash and the suns will be playing. look out, all the rest of ya'll, amare's healthy.

September 23, 2006 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Libby said...

Beauty berry!! I've been wondering what that shrub is. I've seen some fine specimens around here. I love autumn for the berries and the beastly bugs that terrify me around here go away. Not to mention it's pleasant to walk around in the afternoon sun again.

September 23, 2006 11:48 AM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

Autumn right now for me means the upcoming mid term elections and wondering just what Rove's October Surprise will be.

Will the Republicans pull it off once again?

September 23, 2006 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate autumn, but the shortening daylength makes me unhappy. Spring is my favorite season. While you get the burst of color in the leaves this time of year, in Spring you get the burst of flowers from the bulbs and then from the flowering perennials, as well as the developing verdure above you in the trees.

Each season has its merits and its beauty.

- oddjob

September 23, 2006 2:48 PM  
Blogger Reflections said...

I have always loved fall, and still do. I feel good this time of the year. Even the drive to work is nice with the color and views from the hills as I drive. As a kid we spent countless hours playing in the leaves. As an adult we bow hunted, grouse and goose hunted, and I love the apples! Now each day as I get home I play with the puppy each day out in the cool air and leaves, he even loves it!

September 23, 2006 3:50 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Autumn means the return of porn from my home state, Michigan, in the form of the Detroit Lions.:) Down here (SC) it means most days will stay under 90. It means short days (AARGH!!), but it also signals we're almost clear of another hurricane season.

Mostly, Autumn (and winter), means a three month break from the suffocating heat and humidity.

September 23, 2006 4:01 PM  
Blogger Sister Mary Martha said...

It's our last chance to air out Sister Mary Fiacre.

September 23, 2006 6:09 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

I love spring and fall, fall not quite so much since we moved into "the woods" last year. I was amazed at just how many leaves that nearly 75 hickory trees can drop on a 2/3 acre lot! Those trees sure make summer more bearable though. . .

September 23, 2006 7:45 PM  
Blogger BBC said...

"It's our last chance to air out Sister Mary Fiacre."

That was so funny.... Stop making me split my gut. :-)

I seldom get time to really enjoy the seasons because I’m always so busy. Basically though, I’m a sun worshiper. I just love the sun and light to pieces. In the beginning there was nothing, then God said, “Let there be light.” There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. LOL. Thanks Ellen for giving us that.

Besides, I have been bearing the seasons for billions of years. I just deal with them. And tomorrow I’m hiking to the hot-springs to be with my creator, Ms. God.

September 23, 2006 8:03 PM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Beautiful picture!
Great post...I did an autumn post today too...The fall equinox my favorite holiday, and my favorite time of year (even here in sunny San Diego)...We don't get much changing of color here, but we are starting to get that sweet chilled air, and the leaves on the tree in my front yard are beginning to die and fall off. Autumn is a time of balance and peace, which I hope is in the air for all of us.

September 23, 2006 8:59 PM  
Blogger Time said...

The leaves of an evergreen are lasting for all.
The leaves of an Oak forever fall.
Leaves in the Autumn forever fly,
Like birds heading South forever they glide.
It's an old superstition, the people they say,
Autumn for most brings death and decay,
But those who believe in it, they will say,
Autumn is life, Autumn is gay!
Leaves in the Autumn are lasting for some,
But then superstition is hard to overcome.

September 23, 2006 9:40 PM  
Blogger sumo said... we welcome in that new season, we also have to welcome in Dub and his Gang of thieves for the holidays.

September 24, 2006 1:36 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

I love beauty berry! We get it in the florist's wholesale now and then, but I've never seen it growing. Thanks for the photo.

September 27, 2006 3:19 PM  

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