“Now is the time of the illuminated woods; they have a sense of sunshine, even on a cloudy day, given by the yellow foliage; every leaf glows like a tiny lamp; one walks through their lighted halls with a curious enjoyment.”
— John Burroughs, from The Heart of Burrough’s Journals, ed. Clara Barrus

Dog walker at Green Lake

Dog walker at Green Lake

Illuminated tree at Green Lake

Illuminated tree at Green Lake

“[The leaves] have ripened like the grain and the fruit; they are colored like the clouds at sunset; and their demise seems a welcome event.  They make the woods and groves gay; they carpet the ground as with sunset clouds; it is a funeral that is like a festival; it is the golden age come back.

The falling of these gayly colored leaves seems to make a holiday in nature; it is like the fluttering of ribbons and scarfs; it does not suggest age and decay; it suggests some happy celebration.  They seem to augment the sunshine, to diffuse their own color into it, or to give back to it the light they have been so long absorbing.”
— John Burroughs, “In Field and Wood,”  from The Writings of John Burroughs

I love these descriptions of fall foliage. I can’t think of anything to improve upon them.

Fall color on the shores of Green Lake

Fall color on the shores of Green Lake

“However we may feel about strong colour during the spring and summer, there are few who do not welcome it in the autumn garden.  It is as if we wished to fill our souls with warmth and gaiety against the time when winter with its cold white silence shall lie upon the land.”
— Louise Beebe Wilder, Colour in My Garden, 1935

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My 40-year-old dictionary has been getting a real workout pressing leaves this fall.

My 40-year-old dictionary has been getting a real workout pressing leaves this fall.

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Watercolor sketch of fall leaves

 

 

That Golden Time of Year

October 25, 2013

“Yellow the bracken,
Golden the sheaves . . .”
— Florence Hoatsen

Watercolor sketch of fall leaf

Watercolor sketch of fall leaf

Last week I celebrated the color red in the landscape.  Today’s post gives equal time to the yellows, golds, and greens.

Path at Green Lake

Path at Green Lake

Green Lake benches

Green Lake

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Spider web

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White birch with dappled leaves

White birch with dappled leaves

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Watercolor sketch of ginkgo leaf

Watercolor sketch of ginkgo leaf

Watercolor sketch of fall leaves

Watercolor sketch of fall leaves

 

 

 

“How wonderful yellow is.  It stands for the sun.”
— Vincent Van Gogh

The sunflower’s sunny face

Sunflower silhouette

Garden art: a sunflower plate on a garden gate

Orange-yellow squash blossom

Bed of yellow yarrow

Yarrow crowned with yellow

Yellow and orange blanket flowers

Yellow lily

Garden loosestrife

St. John’s wart, a popular ground cover in Seattle

Our yellow weed, the dandelion

Yellow chairs bolted to the pier overlooking Elliott Bay in downtown Seattle

Yellow chairs with ferry, Elliott Bay

Yellow chairs with ferris wheel, Seattle waterfront

Summer sweet corn on the cob

Lemons in a blue bowl