Don't be surprised if Autumn and Fall are Two Different Seasons- My Reply to a writing challenge from Carb Diva
The writing challenge
One of our great hubber friends, Carb Diva has invited us, writers, to participate in a writing challenge through her hub "A Writing Challenge" at this link http://carbdiva.hubpages.com/hub/-A-Writing-Challenge.
She provided an image of a country road during an autumn season (filled with shredded leaves of trees on both sides of the road) as a prompt for writing anything you like using that picture- write a story, a poem or plain verse that builds up into a hub enough to be featured on HubPages.
Is it Autumn or Fall?
The Autumn Season
Autumn season is known as the transcendental period from Summer to Winter. Summer is a very pleasant and beautiful season - full of natural flora and fauna - mostly favourable for tourists and admirers of nature's beauty. Winter is chilly and cold and is also good for enjoyment, fully equipped.
But, Fall (or Autumn?) is viewed as a very unfavourable period of time as the whole nature turns you into a very depressive mood during this season, bearing a deserted look with dried up leaves, harvested fields and dried up weather and drowsiness. Everything around you seems gloomy and full of mists. Autumn is a season of an unpredictable weather with sudden rains, clouds and winds confining people to their homes. It bears an unpleasant message that everything is susceptible to ageing, decay and death. That is the bad part of it as perceived by many people.
Autumn as described by great writers
Here are some quotes taken from works by great poets and writers to give a clear natural picture of Autumn season.
From "Ode to Autumn" by John Keats:
"While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir, the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden croft,
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies......"
From "The name of it is Autumn" by Emily Dickinson:
"The name—of it—is 'Autumn'—
The hue—of it—is Blood—
An Artery—upon the Hill—
A Vein—along the Road—
Great Globules—in the Alleys—
And Oh, the Shower of Stain—
When Winds—upset the Basin—
And spill the Scarlet Rain—.........."
A quote from Ray Bradbury's "The Autumn People"
“That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain.”
The season of Autumn is mostly associated with 'Fall'. Fall refers to the shredding of leaves by trees. Most deciduous trees lose their leaves during this season covering the earth and environment with dried up and decayed leaves.
The rains and winds are the causes for this shredding of leaves. Another fact is that the trees re-absorb all the nutrients including chlorophyll from their leaves to stand themselves against the odd weather conditions during this season. Naturally, when the leaves lose all these essentials, they dry up and fall down from their branches. Hence, the trees bear a bare, deserted look making it very unpleasant during the fall season. But nature lovers love the season by admiring the beauty of leaves and flowers changing their hues. Everything appears beautiful with the scenery turning into Gold, Yellow and Red hues all around you.
The Autumn as I experienced it
Autumn is known as 'Sharad Ritu' by us here in India. A season is referred to as 'ritu' by our people. We have 6 ritu in a year each considered to be lasting for two months. Our calendars start with spring season in second half of March. Autumn or Sharad ritu is the fourth season after spring, summer and rainy seasons.
- Sharad ritu is a very pleasant season for us after experiencing the hardships of summer and rainy seasons.
- Goddess Saraswati also known as "Sharada" ( Goddess of Learning & Knowledge) is associated with Sharad season or Autumn.
- The Navaratri festival is celebrated in this Sharad ritu glorifying the nine forms of Goddess. It is known as the festival of nine nights or 'Dussehra' festival which falls during the first week of October.
- The famous performances of 'Ram Leela' enacting scenes from Ramayan take place during this season only.
- This is a season of great enjoyment and celebrations with all ten days filled with festival flavour and hectic activity in temples and cultural auditoriums.
- Picnics are also organized among families and friends at least once during this season. Some of them used to enjoy taking a bath at waterfalls. But, I mostly preferred helping in cooking and enjoying under the trees with family and friends. We reach the spots trekking and descending through valleys with loads of our food and cooking items and water.
What Do you Think?
Am I wrong in telling Autumn and Fall can be separate seasons?
A picnic spot in Mirzapur, U.P., India
Trekking/ descending to reach the picnic spot
Fall season as per my experience
Fall season which refers to the shedding of leaves and withering of nature is during the month of February as per my experience. It is the last season of the year after winter.
- As already mentioned by me, there are six seasons in a year. Starting with Spring, the other seasons are Summer, Rainy, Autumn, Winter, and Fall.
- Our Indian names for these six seasons are Vasantha, Greeshma, Varsha, Sharad, Hemant, Shishir.
- So, Fall season is known as "Shishir Ritu" for us which falls in the month of February extending through some days in March beginning.
- This Shishir ritu or fall is the time when most of our trees shed their leaves and the whole atmosphere gets filled with the aroma of decayed leaves and flowers flown from lane to lane by the winds. The new leaves and flowers start blooming in March.
- Fall denotes the end of winter and the arrival of spring season.
Some more quotes
John Keats -
"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,...."
George Eliot -
"Just the still melancholy that I love - that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns......"
Thomas Hood -
"I saw old Autumn in the misty morn
Stand shadowless like silence, listening
To silence, for no lonely bird would sing
Into his hollow ear from woods forlorn,
Nor lowly hedge nor solitary thorn; --
Shaking his languid locks all dewy bright
With tangled gossamer that fell by night,
Pearling his coronet of golden corn......."
Some Interesting reads about Indian Culture & Seasons
I find a lot of amazing content on the internet about the Culture, Literature, Arts and Nature at one of our Indian Government sites on Incredible India. The website is titled "Indian Council for Cultural Relations.net" It is of 100 pages with some artistic images also. I am much pleased to share this information with all of you interested in reading, collecting knowledge and experiencing joy with mind food. The link to this treasure of knowledge is given below in the Links Capsule.
Indian Council for Cultural Relations website as stated above.