Monday, 24 November 2014

Autumn's Paradox

I came across a quote about autumn the other day on Donna Watson's blog, Layers (always lots to think about there).

"All through autumn we hear a double voice: one says everything is ripe; the other says everything is dying. The paradox is exquisite." Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces.

The fruits of autumn - black grapes on a vine in the garden of Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire.

The quote brought a hint of the positive on a chilly grey November afternoon when the mind seems to be so focused on the end of the year and the natural world in these latitudes going into the long brown unproductive sleep.

Last week, the (Wiltshire) River Avon near Malmesbury lined with trees in the last throes of autumn and not yet quite brown.

I might now be more positive about the last days of autumn.

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