autumn equinox

"Still Life with Fruit Bowl" by Paul Cézanne
“Still Life with Fruit Bowl” by Paul Cézanne

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
~ George Eliot
(The Writings of George Eliot)

"Autumn Morning" by Grigoriy Myasoyedov
“Autumn Morning” by Grigoriy Myasoyedov

A few days ago, I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different, and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air.
~ Eric Sloane
(Seasons on the Farm: A Celebration of Country Life Through the Year)

"Hanging Apples" by De Scott Evans
“Hanging Apples” by De Scott Evans

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
~ Robert Frost
(After Apple Picking)

Autumn Equinox: September 23, 2011, 5:04 a.m.
September 22, 2012, 10:49 a.m.

Mabon ~ Second Harvest

Harvest ~ Mystery

Apple picking at Holmberg Orchards

9.16.06 ~ Carver, Massachusetts
King Richard’s Faire ~ 9.16.06 ~ Carver, Massachusetts

16 thoughts on “autumn equinox”

    1. Amen, Jeff. The cool crisp air is a welcome change from the oppressive heat and humidity… I’m glad you enjoyed my combos!

    1. Sometimes I think winter and summer exist to remind us of the blessing of moderation, found in spring and autumn…

  1. These beautiful autumn paintings and poems touch my very soul indeed! They are wonderful choices that embrace the change of season beautifully. Also, those sure are some festive looking period costumes in the photo. Nonetheless, I hope that you get a chance to drop by my blog to read my latest post because your recent Harvest Moon post inspired it! Enjoy this lovely first day of autumn. Here in Florida, we are still in summer!

    1. I’m so happy my little collage touched your soul, Donna! I’m very far behind in visiting blogs, though I did manage to get over to see your Harvest Moon post, which delighted me! I’m looking forward to your future posts… Have you always lived in Florida?

    1. Thank you, Jane. I love the change of seasons but I do tend to favor autumn in recent years, for the same reasons… Frost is a fellow New Englander so a lot of his poems feel so close to home…

    1. Thank you, Mags. You must be heading into spring there in Australia. 🙂 Do you get changing leaf colors in your autumn? The Russian “Autumn Morning” woods look a lot like our autumn woods here in New England…

  2. I love the paintings you find, Barbara, especially the autumn forest one. It’s looking like that around here these days, too! Hope all is well in New England.

    1. I’m glad you’re enjoying the paintings, Cait – it’s so nice to share them with everyone and see what they think. And in looking for the “perfect” painting I’m discovering artists I’ve never known of before.

      We’re just starting to get some color down here – the colors usually peak mid or late October for us. I hope we get to take our little scenic drive to northeastern Connecticut this year…

  3. Dear Barbara, When I was a young teacher, a long time ago, I made a needlepoint picture of the Cezanne painting you feature in this post. It was a good pattern and easy to follow. I had it framed professionally, have taken really good care of it, and it hangs in this room where I write.

    Blessings, Ellen

    1. Ellen, that sounds like a beautiful needlepoint work – it must be very inspiring to look at from time to time while you are writing. I love all the blue in it. You must be a very creative person!

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