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Nature Falling Sleep

I often take my pocket camera when I jog/walk during the early morning. This morning was clear and brisk and the trees were vibrant with color. With thoughts in mind of tomorrow抯 date, November 1, and the return to Standard Time this weekend, I took pictures of the colorful leaves to enjoy during the winter when there is less daylight and color. I like this picture and the piece below because they seem to say nature is falling asleep.

揂 tree in autumn is a beautiful sight. One tree alone can concentrate the beauty of whole woodland, leaf by leaf and branch by branch, as one flower can give the essence of a whole garden. The beauty of the turning woods is not alone in the scarlet of a maple grove or the sun-gold glow of a hillside stand of beeches. It is the subtle change that creeps along the leaves themselves, from point to point and vein to vein. A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least; but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.

Watch even a single branch outside a certain window, and you are watching the color of change. One morning there is a spot of yellow on a certain leaf, yellow which has not yet quite achieved the glow of gold. Another day and that glow may be there. It spreads. The spot becomes a splash of gold, edged perhaps with a thin line of scarlet. It creeps down the leaf between the veins, and then across the veins; and the scarlet edging widens into a band and then a border. Meanwhile other leaves have begun to turn, some to gold, some to dull bronze, some to blood-red beauty. All on the same branch as full of color as the whole woodland.

Thus comes autumn, leaf by leaf and tree by tree; thus the woods become a hooked rug flung across the hills with all it folds, and all its colors as they come to hand. But pause beside one tree and look, and you can see autumn on all the hills. Pick up one leaf of those already cast adrift and you hold autumn in your hand. From the book SUNDIAL OF THE SEASONS by Hal Borland-1964 First published in The New York Times -1945

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