Subtle shift.

September 22, 2012 § 4 Comments

“The smell of burning firewood and the molding of organic, earthy substances reminded her of jumping wildly into the enormous leaf piles of autumns past and she suddenly wished that it was appropriate for someone her age to do such a thing.”  – Abby Slovin

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Classic View Of The Tetons From Snake River – Snake River Outlook, Grand Teton National Park, WY!i=746917378&k=8opox

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“Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable…the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street…by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.”  – Hal Borland

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Shadows of snow geese Bosque Del Apache NM

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“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.”  – Samuel Butler

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Caribou-Targhee National Forest ID

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Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.
But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.
I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?
Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.
Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who’s to say where
The harvest shall stop?”  – Robert Frost

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Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff

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“I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.” – Lee Maynard

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Ottawa National Forest, Michigan

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“But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”  – Stephen King

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North Rim Grand Canyon Autumn sunrise

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“Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil—the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the radiation of what man really is, not what he pretends to be.” – William George Jordan

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