What does autumn mean to you?

What does autumn mean to you?

On 22nd September we reach the First Point of Libra, or the autumnal equinox. The sun is directly overhead at the Equator.  Day and night are of equal length.  From this day on until the spring equinox the hours of darkness will exceed those of daylight.

Autumn is a season of festivals. There is relief that the harvest is safely gathered in.  The trees are brightly coloured as the leaves begin to fall.  Red fruits and berries adorn the hedgerows.  Fungi grow in the fields. Mists swathe across the land.

I remember Keat’s poem To Autumn written in 1819.  

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

 Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run

To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees

 And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

With a sweet kernel; to set budding more

And still more, later flowers for the bees

Until they think warm days will never cease

For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

What does autumn mean to you?

Bringing in the Harvest


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Prize winning vegetables

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Apple Orchards

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Hedgerows and Rose Hips

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Autumn Mists

Old Melrose

Old Melrose, Scotland   © Copyright Walter Baxter and licensed for reuse Creative Commons.

Falling Leaves


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What does autumn mean to you?

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  • LoveDoctor on Sep 21, 2009

    For me, Autumn means cooler temperatures, falling leaves, orange decorations in the home, scented pumpkin candles, windy outside, time to do some spring cleaning around the house and get rid of clutter. Autumn is also a time where we are getting close to the Holidays so it is pretty exciting.

    Great article with pictures. especially like the falling leaves and the prize vegetable. I like how you related your story to Keat\’s poem.

  • willie wondka on Sep 21, 2009

    the cold, wet, lack of greenery, missing the summers hot sunshine, sitting out in the garden, thanks for sharing.

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