Monday, October 26, 2009

The Last, Loveliest Smile

by Julia Buckley
I had feared that this would be a mostly green autumn because of our cool summer (I'm not sure what led me to believe that). But the autumn is beautiful and colorful this year, and I took a little neighborhood tour with my camera to capture proof of that assertion. Enjoy my visuals with some famous words about autumn.
"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
"The leaves fall patiently
Nothing remembers or grieves
The river takes to the sea
The yellow drift of leaves."
- Sara Teasdale

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."
- Elizabeth Lawrence

“But I remember more dearly autumn afternoons in bottoms that lay intensely silent under old great trees.”
- C. S. Lewis
"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

"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness! Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run; To bend with apples the moss'd cottage trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core."
--John Keats

"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile."
--William Cullen Bryant


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

This is such a nice way to start my Monday! Thanks, Julia.

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Lonnie Cruse said...

Beautiful pictures, Julia! I've really been enjoying the colors here as well. This fall is really beautiful.

Julia Buckley said...

Sure, Elizabeth! I do find that these visuals perk me up--I use a lot of them as screen savers.

Lonnie, there's just something about autumn, isn't there? Stirs the blood and warms the soul.

kathy d. said...

Beautiful photos and the quotes, too!

Julia Buckley said...

Thanks, Kathy!

Jody said...

Beautiful pics. I do so enjoy all your photos.