Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Summer's Adieu

Fall came in with great flair when we lived up north near the Vermont border. Almost overnight the mountains, framed in my kitchen window, went from green to the brilliant colors of autumn. There was the scent of smoke in the air as folks lit the first fires in their wood stoves or fireplaces and a definite chill in air.

It is far different here in South Texas. One season seems to slip gently into the next without much fanfare. Summer, like a refined southern lady, gently lifts her skirts and walks slowly into autumn. There is no blaze of color or sudden change of temperature, but as she goes she leaves behind gentle reminders that she will be back before too long.

Gone are the lavish blooms she favored in the height of summer. In their place she scatters tiny bouquets in the most unlikely of places.

Of course, what real lady can resist just one extravagant accessory!

Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.
- William Wordsworth, September


linking to One Shot Poetry today.


  1. Just lovely, Linda. I enjoyed your
    sweet thoughts on the last day of
    summer. The flowers are so delicate
    looking and the Wordsworth poem
    so appropriate. And now, on to

  2. Loved the word picture of a refined Southern Woman....
    It snowed like crazy at the end of last Oct.
    but it is really unseasonably hot here

  3. GORGEOUS. you should link this with one shot... i love the concept of summer lifting her skirts and walking elegantly into fall... xo

  4. Isn't it lovely to be in that season of life when we have time to "stand and stare" - to notice the tiny masterpieces that are under our very noses?

    Lovely delicate post

  5. It is a warm and sunny day here, Linda, but there is the scent of Autumn in the air, and the colours of the garden are starting to fade and change. And die back too. Soon they will be gone. But I love Autumn!

  6. smiles. beautiful...emily was right in the encouragement...love the personification...fall is my favorite time of year...and all the colors especially. nice one shot!

  7. very beautiful indeed.. lovely photos and the last verse... thanks for sharing! :)

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  8. Fall also my fav time of year. Love the lines and pics. cheers. Happy One Shot!

  9. …loved…gently lifts her skirts and walks slowly into autumn…this sounds so majestic and relaxed

  10. So true, hummingbirds are all around, the only real sign here that fall is approaching at the pace of a tortoise.

  11. Lovely photographs. I particularly like the last one. It's so full and defiant of the season.

  12. Autumn has arrived overnight here...we've now had frost every morning this week and the leaves have been changing colours before our eyes! Today it was sunny and 64F so a perfect day to welcome Autumn:-) I loved your pictures of the tiny flowers who have made an appearance in your little corner of the world!! xoxo

  13. what delicacy you have shown us ...

  14. Nice farewll... Liked it..

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  15. beautiful, Linda.
    It would take me some time to get used to as well, but different doesn't mean less right.

  16. this was a beautiful written piece and i am so glad emily recommended you link with one shot...thanks for sharing pete