November’s Colors are Those of the Soul

November 30, 2012

Fallen Japanese maple leaf on hydrangea flowers

“Now the last leaves are down, except for the thick, dark leaves of the oak and ghostly beech leaves that click in the breeze, and we’re reduced to a subtler show of color — brown, gray, and buff, perhaps a little purple in the distance, and the black-green of moss, hemlock, and fir.  To my eyes these hues are more beautiful than the garish early autumn with its orange leaves — orange, the color of madness — and leaves the color of blood.  Let hot life retire, grow still:  November’s colors are those of the soul.”
— Jane Kenyon, “Season of Change and Loss”

“As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint, just before they fall, so the year near its setting.  October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight.”
— Henry David Thoreau, “October, or Autumnal Tints”

These photos show the late November color palette in the Pacific Northwest:

Tree-lined driveway at Maplehurst Farm, Skagit Valley

Rose hips

Stewartia pseudocamellia fruit

Stewartia pseudocamillia

Another fallen Japanese maple leaf on hydrangea plant

Fallen Japanese maple leaves on Atlas cedar trunk

Watercolor sketch of oak and maple leaves


5 Responses to “November’s Colors are Those of the Soul”

  1. Beautiful photos. Rose hips bring such interest to the winter garden. Also a good source of vit C for our bird friends!

  2. Margaret Says:

    I like the effect of the cedar tree rings with the leaves.

  3. Chris Says:

    Simply beautiful photos as well as the sketch!

  4. Japanse Maples have such beautiful colors. My favorite is called ‘Augustilobum’ because it has almost neon green leaves in the spring and the brightest oranges in the fall.

  5. garden.poet Says:

    These photos are gorgeous! They capture the season so well, as do the quotes, which just as lovely.

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