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Autumn leaves –Recollections of the sights and smells

Updated on September 3, 2013

Those of us who live in less temperate climates, such as Canada, and the northern U.S., are treated to the sights and smells of autumn leaves each year. The rich, vibrant tones produced as the leaves lose their chlorophyll, and reveal their true colours is a breathtaking sight, no matter how often you’ve seen it.

As the days grow shorter, and the nights grow cooler, the green foliage of summer gradually gives way to colours that span the gamut from dull browns to spectacularly vivid reds, oranges and yellows. The colours in these pictures are not exaggerated for ‘pop factor’ as many photographers like to call it. They really are that vivid.

I’m sure you find the scene above a very relaxing and peaceful one. You can almost walk into the picture. Listen to the crisp scrunching of those autumn leaves as you stroll along the path. Smell the rustic aroma that wafts up as you tread over the leaves. Breathe in that cool, crisp autumn air.


On a sunny autumn day, the vivid colours of this huge walnut tree provide a rich contrast to the blue sky, which somehow seems a deeper blue than in summer days passed.


As Summer into Autumn slips


As Summer into Autumn slips
And yet we sooner say
"The Summer" than "the Autumn," lest
We turn the sun away,

And almost count it an affront
The presence to concede
Of one however lovely, not
The one that we have loved --

So we evade the charge of years
On one attempting shy
The Circumvention of the Shaft
Of Life's Declivity.

Emily Dickinson

An early fall scene...as the first trees shed their cover, and provide a striking contrast with the green grass and the still-green foliage on the other trees.


The warm colours of the autumn leaves, on a late afternoon, create a rustic scene on many a residential street, wherever you may live.


Autumn leaves also bring about a sadness for the passing of summer. Those warm, shirt-sleeved days seem a somewhat distant memory. The neighbourhood lawn sprinklers which kept the gardens lush and green, are now put away for another few months, until nature warms the soil to bring forth new life once again.

Squirrels and birds are scurrying everywhere, gathering the fallen acorns and other offerings of nature’s bounty, while they fatten themselves for the long winter ahead.

photo courtesy of click @ pixel perfect digital
photo courtesy of click @ pixel perfect digital


Many an autumn day is spent raking leaves into huge piles for children to frolic in, as they squeal with delight at the soft, cushy bed of nature’s rolling mattress….and the crackling sounds and remembered smells of the autumn leaves as their arms and legs crush the leaves against each other.

This is one of my favourite pictures. I captured this shot in the late afternoon from the hill above. The tree is growing near the bottom of a steep slope, such that the soil has washed away to a large extent, revealing the gnarly roots.


Everywhere you look, proud and boastful trees stand...strutting their luminescent shades of orange and gold, which stands out against a looming, and increasingly grey sky.



Another tradition in many locales, is a bonfire of autumn leaves, as the smoke permeates the air with its’ sweet, acrid aroma.

Autumn Fires


In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!

Robert Louis Stevenson

The countryside presents its’ fall colours against a panoramic blue sky, while row upon row of spent cornstalks sway in the warm sun, only to shiver a few weeks later, as the blustery winds of winter come calling.


Autumn Song

Like a joy on the heart of a sorrow,
The sunset hangs on a cloud;
A golden storm of glittering sheaves,
Of fair and frail and fluttering leaves,
The wild wind blows in a cloud.

Hark to a voice that is calling
To my heart in the voice of the wind:
My heart is weary and sad and alone,
For its dreams like the fluttering leaves have gone,
And why should I stay behind?

Sarojini Naidu



As the summer leaves its’ warmth behind, and autumn brings out the warmer apparel, can the cold blow of the winter winds, and the flowing carpets of fresh, white snow be far behind? I shiver at the thought...but the winter has its' own beauty. I'll show you more when the time comes.


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    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      4 years ago from Me to You

      Thanks Barb;

      I really enjoy the colours of autumn as well, with spring flowerings a close second. Cheers.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, and one of the most beautiful. Your photos show it in all its splendor.

    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      6 years ago from Me to You

      Thank you Darryl. I like that shot, even in color. But it didn't convey the same foreboding of the clouds, and the cold wind I felt when I took it. The sepia-toned version, I think conveys this much better. Thanks for having a look.

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      Darrylmdavis 

      6 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Cool hub! I particularly like the b&w shot (autumn photos needn't always be in color ;-) ).

    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      6 years ago from Me to You

      You are most welcome to my autumnal treat, Lesley. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a treat, I was reading and grinning from ear to ear with the sheer pleasure of it all!

      Thank you.

      Best wishes lesley

    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      6 years ago from Me to You

      Hello 2uesday. Great to see you back again. I enjoyed putting this one together. The leaves provide a beautiful golden glow, before the relative monotones of winter. Thanks for your comments.

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      2uesday 

      6 years ago

      The leaf colors in the photos here are spectacular, I like the layout of the page and the poems included.

    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Hi sofs. You're always welcome back to any of my hubs. We sometimes envy those who live in a semi-tropical climate, but the seasons here in Canada have their own special beauty. Thanks again.

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      Sophie 

      7 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Hi there ... thanks for sharing it again.. I love to see the fall colors ... here where I live it is always sunny or rainy .. so there is no autumn.. it is pure joy to see the autumn leaves and the glorious color as they fade into oblivion.

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      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Welcome back to the fall, Denise. I'm doing fine. I hope you're well, as well.

      Hi Paradise7. Mother nature can be a cruel mistress sometimes. You can always come and enjoy this fall scene, if your own doesn't materialize. Cheers.

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      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      This is already a great favorite of mine. Lovely photos and beautiful words--who could beat that combo? I wanted to do a similar hub, taking pics of the glorious fall foliage around here with my digital camera, but left it a bit too late because of rainy weather. The weather stayed so warm, the trees didn't turn, then, with an overnight frost, they did turn, but the weather turned very cold and rainy.

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      How timely to repost this beautiful hub, timorous. How are you? Hope your week goes well.

    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Thank you Rismayanti. You may also enjoy my other photo hubs.

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      Rismayanti 

      7 years ago from Tropical Island

      Nice picture collection.. autum colour always great

    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Greetings vocalcoach. I enjoyed putting this together, and I love taking nature photos, as you can see. I'm glad you enjoyed the poetry as well as the photos. Oh..and thanks for following me.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      An absolutely outstanding and beautiful work. My favorite verse is "Sing a song of seasons!

      Something bright in all!

      Flowers in the summer,

      Fires in the fall!" I so enjoyed the lovely photos. What a talent you have. I am your new fan and follower!

    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Thank you shimmering Dawn. You're quite right, the poems do enhance the special feeling suggested by the photos. Thanks for visiting, and becoming a follower.

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      shimmering Dawn 

      7 years ago

      This is so beautiful.. I enjoyed everyone of those pictures and the poetry seems so apt, thanks for sharing.

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Ok, timorous-I just finished my thoughts on fall and will be posting it (hopefully) later tonight. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Good tips, Thanks. :)

    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Hello Denise; You like the fall too huh? Yeah, there's something warm and cool about it at the same time.

      Hey, just add some pictures to go with your poem, or add some further non-poetry thoughts on autumn. It's a definite read for me. Go for it!

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      this is a beautiful hub, T. filled with an invitation to memories of fall. I loved it. It was nostalgic for me, growing up in MI. In fact, I just wrote a poem about fall this past Sunday and have been struggling with how to post it...it's way too short for a hub by itself.

      Great job.

    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Thanks very much Charlinex. So pleased you enjoyed the autumn photos and such. I'll bet you have some equally compelling photos.

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      Charlinex 

      7 years ago

      Very nice collection!

    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Hey thanks karma. Well, I guess we could just hibernate, but REAL Canadians get out there and enjoy the winter, when it's not too bad out.

      [p.s. thanks for following me, and bumping me up to the big 100]

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      karma. 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful, though I can't help thinking of the cold headed our way.

      Nice Work

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      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Hi Peg. Thanks for the compliments. So happy you enjoyed the photos and poetry, and got a feel for the autumn season.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Absolutely beautiful pictures and thoughts! Thanks for the lovely poetry verses as well. I love Joyce Kilmer's

      "I think that I shall never see,

      A poem lovely as a tree."

      Great hub. Very enjoyable.

    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Why, thank you drbj. I'm so glad the autumn colors were able to warm the cockles of your heart. :)

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Absolutely beautiful and enchanting photos, timorous. Thank you for sharing them.

    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Hey..Ivorwen. Always a pleasure to see you and read your many musings. You're welcome to re-visit the fall season here anytime you want.

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      Ivorwen 

      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      I love fall and harvest time. I just wish it lasted longer here. You live in a very beautiful part of the world.

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      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      thoughtforce...thanks for scrunching my leaves..I love the smell. :) Thanks also for the compliments.

      D.A.L. Great to see you here again, and thanks so much for your kind words. It was my pleasure to present some of my favourite autumn photos.

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      Dave 

      7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      timorous, what a fantastic, beautifully presented hub. The photographs are stunning. The poetry you have chosen was so complimentary to your own words. Loved this one , rated up, and beautiful.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      It is pure joy to walk in a path with autmn leaves and I love the sound! It is just amazing every year and your photographs capture it perfectly! Thanks for sharing all this beauty!

    • timorous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Hello Green Lotus. Always happy to see you come by. I just knew you'd be captivated by the wonderful colours that nature gives us in such abundance. Thank you.

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      Hillary 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Fall is my favorite season and you have captured it so beautifully with your words and photographs. (Love those divider bars too!) Living in the south, we get a late fall, but happily the maples, crepe myrtles and other specimen trees give us a good show. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Aww sofs...you make me blush. I must admit you inspired me to create this hub, so I'm dedicating it to you, my dear.

      I wanted some poetry that was short, but still expressed the feel of the autumn experience, to intersperse with my own pictures and impressions.

      Thanks for the 'up' vote as well. Cheers.

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      Sophie 

      7 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Wow Timorous, beautiful indeed! The colors of fall are so scintillating and magical, you really wish winter was far behind... so beautifully put together, the commentary makes the scene come alive...

      I loved the poetry both Emily Dickinson, R L Stevenson and my favorite Sarojni Naidu The nightingale of India as she is called.... a befitting close to the hub!

      Sing a song of seasons!

      Something bright in all!

      Flowers in the summer,

      Fires in the fall!

      An awesome song of seasons your hub!! Rated it up!

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      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Hi SomewayOuttaHere. Thanks for being the 1st to comment. Sorry you miss the fall colours. Of course, you can always revisit this hub any old time, instead.

      You're welcome for the uploading info. Cheers.

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      SomewayOuttaHere 

      7 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      ...nice...i'm originally from Ontario...miss seeing the fall colours....we have abit here...but not like the other side of the country....miss the big maples! and travelling north to check out the leaves turning a week or so before the southern part! thanks for pointing out the info on the new way to upload pics!...

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