Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Autumn Leaves Will Fall

The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year,
Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sere. 
Heaped in the hollows of the grove, the  autumn leaves lie dead; 
They rustle to the eddying gust, and to the rabbit's tread.
--William Cullen Bryant

Every autumn I reflect on Bryant's poem, "Death of the Flowers." It so aptly describes much of that time span between the ghoulish revelry of Halloween and the sparkly excitement of Christmas.

In our one-acre yard, fall presents a beautiful canvas of color and texture. And, ultimately results in many sore muscles. I'm sharing some snapshots of the yard before the first of multiple fall clean-ups.

Don't you just love the crunch and rustle of dried leaves?

Although burning leaves was banned in our  community decades ago, in my mind, I can still imagine that wonderful smell. It's an aroma I am lucky to experience every year when we travel to visit my husband's family at Thanksgiving. In his hometown, residents still burn their leaves at the curb. Ahhh, the little things.

Make it a great day!


  1. You have such a lovely yard to photograph and to enjoy nature!

  2. Wonderful shots from your yard. I love the way fallen leaves look.

  3. You have captured the essence of fall so beautifully in your photos...when things begin their rest period.

  4. I live on a 2 1/2 acre wooded lot and I burn my leaves . It is very much a part of Fall for me , And a lot of work, too . Your pics are beautiful !

  5. Love you photos and I miss the smell of burning leaves.

  6. Yes, I love the crunch of autumn leaves and I also love your vintage reds!


    A day filled with scarlet, they say,
    Can make the sad heart skip and play;
    For where red abides,
    A little bird hides
    And sings every worry away.

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Plump, Ripe Persimmon

  7. Love the crunch of dried leaves and I miss the smell of burning leaves. Love your rusty bikes, thanks for sharing, Laura

  8. I just shuffled through some big leaf piles, I love doing that. Thanks for sharing the poem, it's beautiful.

  9. What lovely and charming photographs...such a pretty way to celebrate the season.

  10. I love your photos, especially the one with the bike against the tree! I love this time of year!

  11. Oh what lovely shots, but the clean up really must be quite the work out.

  12. Love the summer items covered with leaves! Great shots. I too miss the smell of burning leaves...memories!

  13. You are reminding me of the many leaves we have in our yard - though tomorrow we may go for a hike, so we'll do the clean up - sometime. I like the slanted look - I feel like we are going to fall off, into a pile of leaves.

  14. Ann I love these shots .. especially the old bikes in the leaves .. I ama vintage fan too and these would make wonderful greeting cards !
    Joy : )

  15. Oh the perfect fall post and I love all the different shots and the one at an off angle. I always feel conflicted knowing we are going into a NY winter, but I try to enjoy all the color..thank you so much for linking up to my small Nature Notes meme. I love meeting other nature lovers...Michelle

  16. Ann, Lovely Fall photos--very creative shots. Love the wording in the Bryant poem - melancholy days may be here, but they do have a beauty all their own. Thanks for coming by my blog- I certainly will be back to yours. Lovely posts. Mickie :)

  17. Lovely words and wonderful photographs.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  18. What beautiful photos, Ann! I especially like the one of the bike against the tree and the metal bench. Ah, yes, I remember the smell of those burning leaves, too!

  19. i have enjoyed my visit today and your wonderful pictures!
    thanks for sharing!
    peggy aplSEEDS


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