Thursday, October 05, 2006

Fall is here

Well it didn't feel like it in DC this week. It was up in the 80s yesterday. But now there's a nip in the air. And it was certianly felt when we were at Lake George last week. The leaves had started changing color already. I just love the colors of fall! Spectacular!

 

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1 comment:

assiniboine said...

Is it not astonishing? The first time I saw it, when I was at graduate school at the University of Toronto, I was so amazed that I went rushing around gathering up red maple leaves (there were lots of other fellow foreigners doing the same in Queen's Park: we attracted some very bemused looks from natives) and sending them by mail to friends in the West, who reacted just as I did. "They really are RED! I had no idea!"

And then I later went to see a Merchant/Ivory film version of Henry James's "The Europeans" in London, replete with scenes of New England fall foliage. One could hardly hear the dialogue, with the London audience gasping over the autumn colours: "Absolutely astonishing!" And so they are. I always think of what eastern North America looks like in the fall when Gerard Manley Hopkins's "Pied Beauty" pops into my head (and vice versa) and of course Hopkins couldn't possibly have had any idea -- What a poem he would have written if he had though.

GLORY be to God for dappled things— For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in tipple
upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.