Still Learning To See

The colors of late Fall

Even as winter’s dark days continue to grow longer and dimmer (and humans behave more insanely than ever), I’m again seeing a simplicity in the palette of late Fall colors that moves me deeply.

Fall-6275So much of the abundant wildness of Summer has flown south or died back to the ground, leaving shades of brown and gray, a small, bright spark of a blackberry leaf or the fruit of Highbush Cranberry or an occasional bright green pasture.Fall-6227

Even the flat light of a gray day—of which there are many this time of year—simplifies seeing what is left.

When the sun shines, low in the sky for another six weeks, it sometimes blinds and other times beautifully backlights the world and, of course, feels so warm as to be a constant reminder it is the source of all life energy.

The colors of late Fall are a place from which I can look backward and forward, a  flat stone in the middle of life’s stream, a slow, quiet spot of affirmation. And a place from which I am able to remember that love is what life is about, rather than the insanity that seems so overwhelming at times.

My wife and two of my sisters, such good friends and people without whom my life would have been very dark indeed.

From our visit to Michigan last week, a photograph of Liz and two of my sisters, Chica and Karen, all such good friends and people without whom my life would have been very dark indeed.


This entry was published on November 19, 2015 at 8:45 am. It’s filed under Camel's Hump, Fall colors, John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Snow, Vermont and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “The colors of late Fall

  1. Ah, John–love how you always find a corner of beauty, even when the world seems dark. Thanks for the reminder, in the midst of a world that seems to be filled with shadow.

  2. Beautiful pictures! 🙂

  3. Beautiful photos and words.

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