In Autumn's Leaves

Ah, Autumn, your time is now!

The dry fallen leaf or plump sleeping seed, each branched trunk and every blade of grass, is traveling through Time just as we, the 'thinking ones' are trekking that same path. No matter where we may be upon our personal journey, each Season cycles according to Natural Law, in ordered array and purpose.

If one looks closely enough, or raises the eyes to gaze at far horizons, there will be unexpected treasures we shall find. Never be too busily involved in marching your Journey that you miss those beautiful gifts offered each step of the way. Autumn's vivid hues and skittering sounds are too lovely to be missed!

My lavender Crepe myrtle in Autumn's colors.
My lavender Crepe myrtle in Autumn's colors.

Seasons and cycles follow Nature's plan.

As a common saying goes, "Stop and smell the roses." Wonderful to accomplish, as the fragrance of a rose uplifts and relaxes just as it was purposed.

But after that Summer season of rose fragrance, come drifting leaves and golden hues of Autumn's paintbrush. Varied plant life absorbs its green chlorophyll to display brilliant shades of yellows, golds, reds and rusts...before its leaves turn crisp and brown. Yes, as the leaves fall to breeze and earth, consider their innate destiny to decay, even as this cycle of Life continues.

Enjoy each changing season as it arrives without our permission, extending its tendrils around our inner being whether we knowingly invite it to or not. It is we who must adjust, not Nature nor Law. Yet in that adjustment, we go only one direction - irreversibly forward... Destiny Rules!

Autumn develops at various times across our nation, our world, and some countries do not even have an autumnal season. I hope this token portrayal of colorful scenes brings you a pleasant contentment, perhaps excitement, as they tease your mind's eye with passing sounds, colors, thoughts; possibilities that only Autumn and imagination could share.

Autumn's beautifully artistic leaves upon that dam.
Autumn's beautifully artistic leaves upon that dam.

Deeper perceptions to words of Autumn...and coming Winter.

There is a subtle layer of meaning to the expression in this poetry that relates to our own cycle of life, happenings and consequence,the irreversibility of our way forward in Time. As the passing of Summer brings Autumn, so fading Autumn beckons in icy Winter. As 'thinking ones', it behooves us to remember Spring - its regeneration - even while we are chilled by winter storms. Spring in its renewed growth, can be acclaimed as hope for our cold shriveled soul in this poetic reminder of Nature's cycles: Perhaps a representation of reward, youth, health, desires, or a fulfillment of spiritual destiny...

I often sit on this dam and listen, breathe...
I often sit on this dam and listen, breathe...


This photographic journey was an unusually windless warm November afternoon and hues of leaf, berry, tree were delightful. Birds were twittering and flitting among falling leaves, while those noisy ducks swam, fed, flew and landed with noisy splashes. All this kinetic activity beneath an azure sky, and warm sunshine on my back!

Macro views exude a subtle feeling of smallness in a vast changing world. Horizons of autumn colors and an azure sky evoke a sense of grandeur...of which each soul is a distinct part.

Most of these photos were taken on a one day walk to, around, behind that pond. The last striking photograph was taken of my granddaughter the same week by a friend: They had no idea this hub was birthing, but when the picture was emailed to me, it just had to be my perfect ending: Beautiful leaves in the winds of young life...

I hope to have shared some of this natural delight of Autumn as a gift to you.

Autumn hides promises that make it through Winter, and come to light only in Spring.

Fluffing the feathers.
Fluffing the feathers.

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I had originally set this video to the panflute music of 'I Have a Dream', but of course I could not publish that because of copyright legalities. I wanted some music added to the scenery and could only come up with Nature's gift of song in a totally natural choir.

I videoed the bird songs and duck quacks at the pond and then changed them to MP3 by using a free program/file/changer, FreeStudio, recommended by Microsoft. Performing that for my first time, there are several blips - and more blips that were removed! The wind/traffic constant sounds were a bit of nuisance, but I knew of no way to get rid of that without losing the songbirds.

If you have a suggestion to help eliminate some of the wind-swish, I'd appreciate knowing how to accomplish that in a simple way. ( There may not be one?) I only have a point and shoot camera, a happy finger for button pushing, and light-footed steps as I walk along that path listening to Autumn's songs.

Thank you for your visit here! I hope you enjoyed the views.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I do love autumn.. I love to go to the mountains it is so beautiful.. this is a wonderful hub.. sharing and pinning


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Really enjoyed this; thank you. We really enjoy summer. We use fall to celebrate a well-spent life.

Lou Tucci 4 years ago

Dear Frogy,

This was so beautiful! It reminds me so much of those beautiful fall days growing up in NY! Everything had a distinct "smell" to it. The leaves, the dirt, the air after a morning shower. And the sounds, birds, squirrels, fish - you can even hear the sound of the wind as it blows through the tree tops! I used to make tree forts when I was a kid. It was so beautiful*

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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

The essence of autumn was well captured. The taste, the smell, and the memories, are always within my soul...

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Stunning and beautiful. Autumn in Upstate New York is truly stunning as well.

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

You describe the autumn season beautifully in both your hub and it's photos ! Well done !

Vote up and more !!!

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very beautiful. Summer is my favorite, but the autumn colors are fantastic. Thank you..

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Kulsum Mehmood 4 years ago from Nagpur, India

Very beautiful photographs of autumn hues. Beautiful hub. Unique style.

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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Deborah Brooks, thank you for stopping by, for your comment and sharing of Autumn. I'm sure your mountains would be magnificent!

Mhatter99, using Autumn to celebrate a well-spent said it all right there! Thank you for that. It just 'fits'!

Lou Tucci, thank you, and I shall enjoy that wind in the treetops with you! I used to climb the cottonwoods and throw tatonies - a loo-ong time ago!

aviannovice, I'm glad to know you enjoy those scents of Autumn...the fresh outdoors, birds, the fall of a leaf, plus. And the memories...yes!

shiningirisheyes, I have only seen pix of your New York colors...they are strikingly beautiful! A hub here?

kashmir56, the falling leaves can be somber in thought, yet beautifully musical too...all of autumn is just that way, I think.

Always exploring, summers here are too hot and sometimes stormy, so it cannot be my fav season. Your Illinois is also beautifully green isn't it?

Kelsum Mehmood, thank you for stopping by and expressing your enjoyment too. I am glad you came from so far to see me! :-)

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Wow!!! Your video and the photos are awesome! I enjoyed the bird songs and duck quacks which, along with the photos, made me feel like I was right there with you during your walk.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful gift of nature's beauty and bounty.

Voted up across the board except for funny, shared, and pinned to my "Nature" board on Pinterest.

Hub Hugs,


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

I miss the autumn colors this year. Your pictures are great and the video is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Oh this was lovely! Thank you for this walk. Up, beautiful and shared.

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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Happyboomernurse, I somehow found your 'pin' before I logged on here. That was a nice surprise...thank you! :-)

MsDora, thank you for enjoying the bit of autumn shown...I wish you lovely hues and songbirds wherever you may be, always!

Glimmer Twin Fan, it was nice to have your company among those skittering leaves...and mocking of the birdsongs to see if they would sing more. :~)

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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

A lovely look at autumn, both in text and photos. You've made me think about how though time waits for no one, we have been blessed by beautiful seasons. Though some areas do not have the lovely colors of our autumns, each place does have its own beauties.

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frogyfish 3 years ago from Central United States of America Author

RTalloni, thank you for your perceptive comment. Glad you enjoyed the beauties of Autumn here.

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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan

Hi frogyfish, it's been a long time since I have visited your pond. This is a very beautiful and artistic hub. You impress me with your creativity here!

Your words were pregnant with reflective thought. It would take more than a mere read to meditate on some of those thoughts.

Love Autumn - love ALL the seasons. I know I'm weird .. that's what most think - but I truly do love them all as the changes come and go I wait in anticipation for the next.

Lovely - absolutely lovely!



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frogyfish 3 years ago from Central United States of America Author

I am so glad to welcome you here Mekenzie, and that you had an enjoyable visit. Autumn does give us beautiful colors and sounds, but as you think...anticipate the seasonal changes that bring their own beauty.

Blessings right back your way!

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DREAM ON 3 years ago

Your hub gently lifted me into a wonderful world. The Magnificent beauty of nature where ever I looked. So well made and your explanations so pleasant and peaceful. Great job voted up.

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frogyfish 3 years ago from Central United States of America Author

DREAM ON, thank you for enjoying the viewing of Autumn's nature...

Happy to know you so enjoyed the video.

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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Enjoyed the poetic and visual journey. One of my favorite parts about fall is the potpourri in the air. I live in a rural area that makes walking in its aromas and colors a pleasant and peaceful experience. I wish it lasted a bit longer than it did. In fact the images you shared are very much like my woods grasses and wetland.

I liked how your poem captured the essence of hope by not viewing it in anticipation of the cold dead winter that instead it would remind us of the spring and new life that is up ahead.

I think the chirping birds worked well with the theme of your poetry and themes.

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frogyfish 3 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Tamarajo, thank you for enjoying your visit here and leaving a pleasant comment. I have not been to Minnesota though my mother was born there. I am glad you enjoyed the autumn scenes and especially that you could enjoy the chirping birds...that was a chore to do, in my experience.

And as you indicate, we need to remember that each season has its place...and the cold winter...will...fade into springtime again.

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

What a beautiful hub here. I love Autumn and its changing colors, azure skies and fresh breeze with no humidity! Your video and photos are stunningly beautiful. I remember my son at a young age was in awe of all the colored leaves on our front lawn, and he was so upset that we raked them up, as he thought they were so "cool" : )

This is one of the most beautiful hubs I have read and visually too. I live in the deep South, but we do have a beautiful fall and it may be a bit later in arriving than up north, but it is truly spectacular.

I am looking so forward to Autumn, especially after reading here this day.

Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

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frogyfish 2 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Faith Reaper, Autumn is almost here - again. And yet the scenery is still green and the grass still has to be mowed. No sweaters yet, either.

Thank you for lovely comments - our Creator is a wonderful 'painter' isn't He? We are blessed to be able to share all the changing beauty!

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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain

I have never read such a wonderful description of the Season of Autumn. John Keats... Eat you heart out.! You put his famous "Ode to Autumn" in the shade.

Beautiful pictures.

Thank you.

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frogyfish 2 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Dim Flaxenwick, thank you for sharing your enjoyment of that colorful Autumn. Ours this year is beautiful and refreshing weather - that is a delight here in Oklahoma! Glad you came and enjoyed the video.

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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

I am not really a big fan of autumn just because I don't like the cold. However, I do love the color of fall and the beautiful scents of pumpkins and apple crisp.

Awesome video. Enjoyable hub.

Thank you.

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frogyfish 2 years ago from Central United States of America Author

CrisSp, I don't like 'cold' either, but I do like cool, which is what we have in Autumn...and your apple crisp in several types does sound pleasing! Thanks for commenting here!

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Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

Beautiful, colorful time I enjoy, but it also reminds me that winter is coming and it is time to head south.

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frogyfish 2 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Judy Filarecki, I envy your SW Arizona - you can maintain your New York with its snow! Wish I were going south with you! Thanks for stopping by here to enjoy autumn colors.

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Dim Flaxenwick 21 months ago from Great Britain

I came back to read and watch this beautiful hub. Our "Spring" here does not seem to be happening. We still had snow last week.

Reading this has cheered me.

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frogyfish 21 months ago from Central United States of America Author

Dim Flaxenwick, glad you came to visit again. Our Spring weather now is cloudy, windy, and has severe storm warnings...we are just beginning that seasonal happening. And it is 84 degrees so the TV will be on tonight for a while - yes, storm-watching.

Now, do enjoy your coming will come. Cheers!

Kapil 20 months ago

All of my school aged kdiods are involved with some kind of extra-curricular activy. My 16 year old son is on the drumline at his high school, my pre-teen daughter is on the volleyball and softball teams and my 8 year old son is half way to his black belt in Taekwondo.My little guy who stays home with me and does flash cards during the day has extra-curricular activites of napping and cuddling with Mommy and Daddy! =)

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frogyfish 19 months ago from Central United States of America Author

Kapil, sounds like you are busily happy...and enjoying all the seasons of life that surround you! Keep that smile!

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The Dirt Farmer 19 months ago from United States

Very nice, frogyfish. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love taking photos of leaves, especially fallen ones, but they always look better in person. I can't seem to figure out how to translate that special quality they have through film adequately. Btw, I love your bird photo. Gorgeous.

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frogyfish 18 months ago from Central United States of America Author

Dear The Dirt Farmer, Your far north state will surely have its share of 'Autumn Leaves' soon. You should take many pictures and share the conglomerate colors here! And...I watched that bird for several minutes preening itself, then got lucky with that photo. Thank you for visiting and leaving your nice comment.

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Vellur 17 months ago from Dubai

Autumn is a wonderful season with beautiful colors and hues! Great video and photographs!

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frogyfish 17 months ago from Central United States of America Author

Vellur, and it will soon be here again. Thank you for visiting from so far away - and leaving a kind comment too.

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frogyfish 17 months ago from Central United States of America Author

According to instructions from HubPages, I have deleted the video that was the focus of this hub. Perhaps it will later re-appear from YouTube.

Thank you for viewing the autumn photos anyway.

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