The Splendor of Fall

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An Invitation from Fall

 

I do not need to remind you

Of things that have passed.

You are the keeper of all

That has died and gone to rest.

Sweet smells of crisp colors

Rise from the floor

As I walk through the

Prevailing silence.

 

Time to rest and be still;

Prepare for the winter;

Draw into myself.

 

Oh, Fall! You with your brilliant

Golds, reds and yellows!

I exalt in your beauty.

The beauty of repose.

This original poem was written Sunday morning, November 14, 2010. No part of this poem may be copied or used without written permission from the author.

Fall Nostalgia

Growing up in Michigan I had the good fortune of experiencing all four seasons. It is one of the blessings that living in the north provides. For many years, fall was my favorite.

I was a very observant child, and climbing trees was one of my regular activities. Many mornings I would ‘escape’ to our backyard maple and sit among the lush leaves. And, as the season changed I would lose my camouflage as one by one its leaves would drop to the ground.

This led to another activity that my brothers, sister and I would enjoy-piling the leaves in a heap and jumping into them. We worked harder to keep that pile high than we did bagging them up for pickup. At times our antics would include burying one of us, or a neighbor, in the pile. Great fun, actually, unless someone ‘forgot’ to warn a jumper. Then all heck would break loose when the jumper would land on the one buried.

Fall is a beautiful season, for those who are fortunate to witness it in their area. The colors of the leaves are magnificent. I especially love when I can sit by a lake that is surrounded by maples, oak and birch trees. The blazing artist’s palette reflects in the lake water and makes a double image to enjoy. One of the loveliest lakes that I’ve had the privilege to experience is Teal Lake, in Negaunee, Michigan. It is in the Upper Peninsula, near the town I lived in long ago. Back then Teal Lake was the place to be during the Fourth of July, and anytime in the fall.

Meditation comes in many forms. For me, a walking meditation through a lovely park, local or state, is one of the most serene experiences that will bring both nostalgia and peace to my soul.

I love walking through the woods in the fall. It is, by far, my favorite time in the woods-a sensory smorgasbord.


Sensory Smorgasbord

Here are some of the splendors of fall that I will share with you: first, the obvious colors for the eyes to enjoy-the reds, gold, yellows, rusts and browns. A mixture of earth tones that is delightful when seen as a group. Next, the wonderful ‘woody’ smells that is an unmistakable odor of decay. It is rich and forbidden, as if seeping up from the belly of the earth, calling to our primitive nature. My ears pick up the sounds of the forest-the quiet; the crackles as squirrels scurry amidst the barren branches; the soft swoosh of leaves plummeting to their graves. And, finally, I enjoy the feel of the dried, fallen leaf I pick up on my walk; the warmth of the sun on my exposed skin and the crisp, fall air that blows gently through my hair.


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In the spirit of fall, one reflects on the season that represents end-the end of another season; another year. It is a time for re-organization. Before the new year arrives we can use the fall to start plans for the direction that we want our lives to move towards. Perhaps that is another reason why I love fall-the transition from summer’s frolic to a focus on learning. Although most adults are no longer in school, September has always been an exciting month for me because of my love for learning. The nostalgia of fall and going to school is quite powerful.

Follow the return to school with the month of October and loving fall can easily be understood as one of the best times of the year. What’s not to love about October? October, right smack in the middle of fall, brings beautiful weather, wonderful smells, amazing colors, harvest time, and Halloween! The image of a bountiful harvest comes to mind when one walks into a produce store and sees the gourds, the pumpkins and the Indian corn stacked in the aisles. October and orange go hand in hand, don’t they? Orange leaves, orange skies, orange Harvest moons and orange jack-o-lanterns grinning out at us.

And then, there’s November peeking out from the cusp of fall. It is a time for hunkering down before the cold hits- stocking the pantry, gathering the firewood and contacting families and friends for the holidays. I consider Thanksgiving a ‘fall’ holiday-a time for true counting of blessings. Even in the scarcest of times there is something that one can be thankful for.

One of the things I am thankful for is the opportunity to enjoy the splendor of fall.

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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Denise: Oooh, this was lovely to read and view with the beautiful photos. You just imparted a message to me, that Fall can be a time for planning to move in the direction we want to, as its the end of one season and close to the beginning of a New Year. A few days ago, I was jumping up and down on a pile of leaves at our local park, it felt so very freeing, LOL! as I had recently celebrated my birthday which is exactly when you wrote the poem. Loved the poem by the way!


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Marie, Happy Birthday! Thanks for your wonderful comments. Enjoy those leaves...although, you'll probably be getting snow soon, right? BTW-beautiful photo of you and your S.O.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Denise, we generally don't have much snow in Oregon except in the mountains; lots of rain, almost everyday, but it's more like a constant drizzle. Thanks for your kind comments on the photo. :)


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sofs 6 years ago

Ha Denise! beautiful, the poetry, the picture, the sounds the smell the nostalgia... I can only see fall in these pictures and words. Thanks for sharing.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Marie- Oh, I have a friend in Klamath falls who said they already had some snow...but, she must be in a different area. It's a beautiful state! I've been to Crater Lake. It is awesome.

Sofs-thank you. I was sitting in my living room with teh sun shining through, Sunday morning, enjoying the peace of the morning when the words came to me.


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carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Nice poem Denise and the photos are so nice. It's too bad that the fall season dosen't last a bit longer. It's one of my favorite times of the year.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Carrie, thank you. I agree. I love it when the temps are warm and the sun is out - a great day for a walk in the park. Many times the rainy season dampens the fall experience.


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You

Aww..Denise, you absolutely nailed it. You perfectly described how I feel about fall, as well. Nice poem, and lovely photos too. Thanks for the link back to my autumn hub, I'll return the favour asap. Cheers. :)


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b. Malin 6 years ago

Denise, what a wonderful hub...rich and rewarding to all of us...and so much to relate to. I too was a "tree climbing little girl". Beautiful Photo shots. Thanks for sharing. I love fall, just not a winter person.


Danette Watt 6 years ago

Great hub on fall. It's one of my favorite times of the year, too -- could it be because it's my birthday season?. But also because of Thanksgiving - one of my favorite holidays.


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MonicaRobinson 6 years ago

I love fall, my favorite is the cool, crisp air. I still will climb a tree when I can. Very descriptive words, nice hub!


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Timorous-Your hub inspired the prose for this one. Thanks for your comments. I appreciate your willingness to link back sometime in the future; yours was the 'perfect' link to connect to.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

b. I appreciate your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Danette-Thanks. And, thanks for sharing. Didn't know that THks was one of your favorite holidays...is it b/c of the food, LOL?

Monica-I still climb trees also, when the circumstances are right. Thanks.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

what a fascinating hub... I enjoyed it!!!


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Good 'Carolina' morning to you, CM What a gorgeously, sunny, fall day we have this saturday. Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub. Glad you enjoyed it. The poetry came to me last Sunday, sitting in my sunny living room. But, wondered how to make it longer, so I hadn't posted it until another hubber nudged the prose. Enjoy your w/e big guy.


ralwus 6 years ago

I grew up when they burned the leaves in towns and cities. I miss that smell now. We lived in the country and had no need to worry so much about it back then. We kids would just pile them up and play in them. I too love this time of year, but it holds a new meaning to seniors I think. thanks for visiting me. Charlie


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hey Charlie, I grew up in that time era also, and almost mentioned it here. I'm glad they stopped the open fireburning, although I still love the smell. Here in rural NC they still do burn the leaves.

Hope all goes well for you.


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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Beautiful wonderful hub! I love the fall as well. It is such a wonderful time.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi oceansnsunsets-nice to run into you again. :) Thank you for your comments. There's nothing like a northern fall, is there.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Hi Denise,

Thank you so much for writng and sharing this hub.An up and awesome/beautiful for this one.

All the pictures so enhanced you words with their mature and warm colours.

A great hub and so very clever.

Take care and God Bless Denise.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Eiddwen, thank you for your feedback! You are the best, LOL You give me such support for my work, I'm feeling the love, (hugs)


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this pleasant article about fall. I used to jump in piles of leaves in Michigan too. The first photograph you used in incredibly beautiful. Wow!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi James, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, Michigan is great for their fall foliage. We used to have fun jumping into the piles. They still burn the leaves in areas down here in NC Smells wonderful!

Hope you are keeping warm.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Fall is my most favorite time of the year. So glad I came by to read this hub. Very Nice and I love the poem and the pictures. Brought back memories of when I too would pile the leaves as high as I could and jump in them :)


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Being from the great white north Canada and residing on the Western Prairies I get to see all 4 seasons in their glorious bloom. This line from your poem was brilliant

"Sweet smells of crisp colors Rise from the floor"

Thank you for sharing the wonder of mother nature in all her glory. Peace and hugs from the Saddle.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Susan, thanks for visiting the hub. It seems many people share the memory of the leaf jumping. :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi SR-thank you for reading my poem and commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed it. (re: your comment about the line-every once in awhile that Muse tickles my brain in just the right way, LOL) Enjoy your holidays in the great White! Hugs back.


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Mmm. Brings back such memories of travelling through New England many years ago during fall. This is wonderful, full of visual and sensory splendour. You have done it again with your choice of topic, you're writing and your amazing picture choice. What a great hubber...


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Docmo-thank you for your kind compliment. I appreciate it. I can only imagine the splendor of the New England fall. :)


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mannyrolando 5 years ago

Wonderful and beautiful hub, I love the detail in your description!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hey Manny-Good morning. Thanks for reading it and leaving a comment. I'm glad you enjoyed. Have a blessed weekend.


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RichERich1175 5 years ago

I love fall (autumn) also...probably because I was born in the autumnal months. Love the imagery, diction, the beautiful picture it paints. You are a poet...and I know it!! Lol


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

HelloRichERich-Thank you. :) I appreciate you reading the hub and your comments. I was inspired by the autumn sprite. LOL


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

So many things to learn and ponder. Your poetry is awesome.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Binaya-I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Thank you.


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

I'm a little late in the day for your fall poem, I loved it and the photos are gorgeous

I'm going to follow you.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Writer20, for reading and commenting. Nice to meet you. I will be sure to check out your work as well. Enjoy the company here at Hubpages. :)


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BethanRose 5 years ago from South Wales

What a lovely hub with warm and inviting pictures. Voted up!


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Denise ,I agree with Marie ,except I would have loved to see her jumping up and down in the leaves . And hey whats with sitting in a tree and being surprised when all the leaves fall off revealing your hiding place. What were yu doing in the tree ?....HMmmm....:-} All awesome of course.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Just as I was missing fall in New York, I came across your beautiful poem and pictures. There's so much nostalgia associated with fall - the crunching of leaves walking home from school, collecting beautifully colored maple leaves, driving through the hills to see the spectacular fall colors. Your hub brings it all to mind.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Great pictures that formed a glow in my eyes. Your experience is awesome. As you described, the fall seem great for you. If it comes with those beautiful picture, count me in. Bless you


Dale Gregg 5 years ago

Thanks for the link, Denise. I had read it earlier, but enjoyed the re-visit. Hands-down, my favorite phase of the year. Canoeing, hiking, camping, fishing, breathing ... it's all better in the fall. Intangible resonance. Bought a squash today, from a road-side stand on my way home from school. Not as much fun as stealing it from the field ...


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

This was a lovely Ode to Fall, which is also my favorite season (though spring is a close second). When I lived in NY State's Hudson River Valley the fall season was spectacular and I still try to get back there when the leaves are at peak foliage. We do have four seasons in Delaware but fall comes later and the color changes aren't quite as vivid as NY, though they're still wonderful and I adore walking through the DE beach towns when the leaves have changed into colorful bouquets and all the stores have wonderful fall decor.

Thanks for sharing this hub and the stunning photos.


Lauren 5 years ago

How lovely D. Thank you for guiding me to your poetry and story.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, BethanRose for your feedback and vote. :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Ken-You are so funny. Hey, if you want to see a more recent photo of me in a tree check out my other hub about trees: Trees-Magical, Mysterious, and Sacred. There's a nice photo of a tree-with an old lady wrapped around its branch, LOL Thanks for reading and commenting.

Oh Stephanie-I'm so glad that this hub brought back some wonderful memories for you. :)

Ubanichijioke-Thank you for visiting and commenting. I would love for you to visit our fall-it really is spectacular.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Dale-thanks for bearing with me regarding a 'replay'. I had to chuckle about the stealing the squash from a field, LOL Enjoy!

Hi Gail, So glad you enjoyed the poem and the hub. I would love to go on a fall tour sometime. Your beach walks sound wonderful.

Lauren-so nice to see you here. Glad you enjoyed the poetry and hub. Hope you are well.


vperry 5 years ago

Beautiful! Nice hub.


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NMLady 5 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

I love the poem.

I also love visiting my fam in Michigan!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks NMLady. I love visiting my family in Michigan as well and was just up there early October! The colors had started and the smells of decay were prominent. It was marvelous! LOL


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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

Hi Denise, Your poetry is soooo beautiful. And I love the pictures you posted as well. Keep at it because I'm sure that you are making a lot of people happy.


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kasiapl 5 years ago from New Jersey , USA

Wow I love this it reminds me of all the good things about fall and to appreciate it more and not miss summer as much:) I love the pictures too :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Carol, for your kind comments. I was never very confident with my poetry. However, since Hubpages, my skills are improving and there is a depth now that wasn't there earlier in my pre-HP writing. It all evolves I suppose, when you continue to hone your craft. :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Kasiapl-thank you for your feedback. That is quite a compliment-to read something and decide that maybe this season has things to offer as well...that brings a smile to my face.


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jagerfoods 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

Falls my favorite season. Michigan, Minnesota, were really not that far apart. Do you find yourself homesick this time of year?


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Absolutely. I looked around at the trees here just today and they don't compare...although, I'm closer to the coast and not in the mountains. I'm sure the mts would have some awesome colors. Thanks for reading and commenting.


AnnieRoseVA 5 years ago

Denise, I love this article - it's simply beautiful. My daughter asked me the other day why the neighbors had raked their leaves into a big pile and left it in the middle of their yard. I told her it was because they had little ones and she just looked at me for a moment and then remembered. What fun it was jumping into those piles and yes, not landing on anyone else! Thanks for the memories.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi AnnieRoseVA-so nice to see you! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments...ah, sweet nostalgia...LOL

Have a wonderfully blessed, remainder of the fall season.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Wow Denise what a beautiful hub.

I love anything to do with nature/animals/wildlife etc. so this one was a treat!!!

Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Eiddwen.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Eiddwen, I love the beauty of nature as well. It was a warm, Sunday morning and I sat in my living room with the sun streaming in...

Thanks for sharing your comments. I'm working this weekend, as always, so I can only hope that it will be a wonderful work time. LOL Thanks, you take care, too.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

You are very welcome Denise.


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

Great hub! Brought back memories of last fall, which I had the great pleasure of spending in Michigan! Really loved it. And I liked your poem!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi internpete-thank you. I love Michigan falls--well, anywhere in the Midwest with all of the changing colored leaves is great. If you like nature check out other parts of Michigan besides the Ann Arbor area: Lake Michigan, Mackinac Island, and the Upper Peninsula with its waterfalls. Thanks for reading.


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Denise, I like your poem and reflections.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and commenting on this poem, B. I'm not sure about your feelings about the season, but I enjoy the changes that fall brings. :)


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

I loved this one Denise!! Such a beautiful reminder of the BEST season :)

and it's funny but I also associate autumn with study & leraning & preparing...amazing photo I would so love to experience your colors of the season...lots of votes...cheers


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Carter-thanks for your feedback. It is interesting how the coming of fall brings on that feeling. Perhaps because we were in school during that time? Thanks for the votes. :)


Kerry43 4 years ago

Good evening, what a lovely read ...

The first thing I think about when the weather begins to cool is the beautiful scent of the earth cooling and the brave new weeds and grasses coming to life. Not to mention, the smell of smoke that lingers throughout the neighborhood as people light their fires for the evening.

Thank you for sharing,

Kerry:)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Kerry-I love the smell of a bonfire in the evening. Burning leaves does have a special fragrance. I get the waft of the smoke frequently down the country roads I drive. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your nostalgic memories of fall. Glad you enjoyed this. :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Denise, lovely poem and stories too - I am clinging onto the last of Summer but failing; it is cooler and the leaves are falling now in England. I love the change in colour at this time of year but Autumn is just too short - and Winter comes after it.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Jools-you are so right. I love the autumn days and the rich smell of the earth. I despise the cold and the gloom that winter brings. The only good thing is hunkering down through the snow, wet and gloom by staying indoors and writing. Which is no way to be, but my days of enjoying romping around in the winter are gone.

Actually, I don't mind a snowy winter-bright sunlight and blue skies to contrast with the snow. However, it is the gloom, the cold dampness that seeps into my bones and makes them ache that I don't care for.

I'm glad you enjoyed the poetry. Thanks for stopping by.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Wonderful poem and hub. I love autumn. The crunch and smell of the leaves, football, cozy sweaters. My friend was just here visiting from Florida and I'm so glad she got to see Iowa at the most beautiful time of the year.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Oh, how wonderful for your friends that they were able to experience that Midwest autumn. Thank yo for your lovely comments about the poem. Now, go jump in a pile of leaves! LOL


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This is really a beautiful write. Autumn is my favorite season--so full of blessings and the beginning of an inward journey --lovely!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a gorgeous hub Denise! Like you I well remember walking in the woods near my childhood home in Wisconsin and the sights, sounds and smells made for everlasting memories and a lifelong love of nature. You have captured the splendor of Fall so beautifully. I appreciate your adding the link to my hub about the Autumn Season in Houston and will happily return the favor plus adding up votes and a share.


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TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

Great Hub Denise. I too am from Michigan and am enjoying all the colors as we speak. I like how you describe all the smells as I noticed them just yesterday while riding my motor cycle down the street where the apple orchards are.

Voted up and Awesome


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Hello Denise...its really a very nice hub with complete details. The poetry flowed very well. Keep up the good work. All votes up and away.

deergha


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Audrey-thank you for your comments. I love autumn also. It is a soul enriching season...as you mention: an inward journey.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Peggy-Wisconsin and Michigan being neighbors, I know you know exactly what was described in this hub first hand. Ahhh, those fall days. I love to walk in the woods and get the aroma of the leaves. Thanks for your feedback here-I appreciate it.

Hello Sam-welcome to Hubpages. A fellow Michigander...I think you happen to be in my daughter's neighborhood-Cardelean is her hubber name if you want to check her hubs out-lots about Michigan. :) Thanks for your comments. I've ridden through Michigan woods in autumn myself more than once-very nice. I love to visit Yates Cider Mill in the fall.

dghbrh--Thank you for commenting on my poem; and for your encouragement and votes. I appreciate it. :)


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Fall is the most beautiful of all seasons I guess. The striking colours, they give that heavenly feel and look! Thank you for sharing. Voted up!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi livingsta-it is interesting that you say that. I was taking a walk yesterday and thinking of why fall has the effect it has on me. I enjoy the change, but all seasons have a changing energy. I think, spring has a fresh 'awakened' and exciting energy to it and fall brings a maturity and 'pause' that is honored. Thanks for your comments and vote. :)


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

I've never forgotten a three week drive through New England one fall season some years ago. The sensory smorgasbord you describe so well here has never been forgotten and I hope to revisit this soon. I loved the colours, the crisp air, the halloween preparations and eating pancakes and pie in little friendly motels... what a beautiful poem Denise! up/tweeted.


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SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

Where I live we have two seasons - wet and dry. I have only experienced the very beginning of fall and I have never seen the leaves change colour but Fall is still a beautiful season. Loved this hub


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Docmo--a three week drive through the New England states? How heavenly. It is something I would love to experience. I'm grateful for the lovely memories of growing up in the Midwest. Thanks for your comments and I appreciate your tweet. :)

Hi SkeetyD--Barbados always sounds so exotic and 'perfect', so I appreciate your information here. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. :) Perhaps, like Docmo, you will visit the U.S. sometime in the Fall season. Thanks for reading.


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nifwlseirff 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

I'm lucky to have moved to countries that have a much more 'showy' fall. Autumn in Australia was very short and understated, with little colour, especially up north. Even, so it has always been my favourite season! Beautiful choice of photos!


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ahorseback 4 years ago

Denise , here's an autumn poem for you ! Hope you enjoy....;-}

Autumn

A time for holding hands and

giving in to kisses

For laughing and kicking at the

leaves and feeling of soft sweaters

Autumn .....We'll give in to the urge

and wrap our arms in slow time

Sorting through the fallen leaves

no telling what we'll find


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi nifwlseirff-I'm sure you've had opportunities to see many different fall days. Thanks for your comments here.

Awww, I love the poem, Ahorseback. Makes me want to go kick leaves with somebody, haha. Thank you for sharing that!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Hi Denise, I wanted to send you a private message but couldn't figure out how to do that with this new format. I wanted to thank you for your comments--and also to ask you if you know about the Gee's Bend quilts and about a particular story in particular. One of the women of Gee's Bend, lost her husband, and being poor and needing a blanket, she made a quilt of his coveralls so that she could feel him over her at night. I was so moved by this that I wrote a poem about it--not here on Hubpages, but on my poetry blog--I would include links here for both, but I think we aren't supposed to do that--anyway it is called The Fabric of Gee's Bend: Coveralls--look up the story--I think you will be moved by it


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Audrey-that is so kind of you to send me that information, thank you. I've written it down and will look it up. I have not heard of Gee's Bend quilts, but am so intrigued by the story you mentioned of this widow. I could imagine myself doing something of this nature and wish now that I had some of John's clothing. How fascinating. I will be sure to look up your poem. Again, I appreciate you reaching out this way. :)


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FolliediVetro 4 years ago from Malta

I like very much photos of nature and poems,they are very fascinating me and reading your post was nice.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, FolliediVetro, for reading my hub. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

I also have beautiful memories of Fall since I grew up in the Midwest: crisp air, apple cider, the odor of burning leaves in the air, hayrides. Thank you for sharing your memories with us!


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Wonderful memories, Vespa. I was in Michigan a short time ago and considered going to the Cider Mill-one of my favorite fall activities. BTW, I submitted a Limoncello cake for the County Fair this year and received a blue ribbon. :) and a Maple and Pecan bundt cake and got a red/second for that. I was hoping to get a Best of show for the Limoncello, but the local judges decided to award it to the two 'cheesy' drop biscuits sitting on the plate. Come on! LOL


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liamhubpages 23 months ago

Woow, perfect photos and great writing skills showing! Perfect hub, congrats! It is really nice of you to share your memories with us!


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Denise Handlon 22 months ago from North Carolina Author

Hello liamhubpages, Thank YOU, for sharing your thoughts with me, regarding this hub. I appreciate it.

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