Settling in and acceptance.

maple tree ablaze in the afternoon autumn sun
maple tree ablaze in the afternoon autumn sun

The first ten weeks of school are always the hardest. Back-to-school nights, awards ceremonies , fall plays, football games, open house and the list goes on. Finally, things have begun to settle down.

And autumn is truly here. The sunlight skips along branches and illuminates the inner spaces of trees. Just a few birds are left – the year-long residents – and the exciting days of mass migrations are over.

The skies are a clear, yet warm blue. Maple, Beech and Dogwood trees are the colors of flames. Fireplaces are lit. Hot chocolate is drunk. The best days of the year, we spend shut up in buildings doing work we sometimes suspect doesn’t really matter in the total scheme of things.

At this time of year, the beauty of the land makes us seem like fools.Why do we live they ways we do?

But the settling down of autumn, always gives me peace.

These photos match my mood and acceptance of the passing of another year.

orange Maple leaves – last moments of life
azalea stamens reaching toward the late afternoon sun
azalea stamens reaching toward the late afternoon sun

 

leaf veins
streams to a river to a sea – the water courses mirrored in the veins of a leaf

 

fire against the sky

 

fingertips

 

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