The Chemistry of Autumnal Colors

The first step towards getting somewhere
is to decide that
you are not going to stay where you are.
~~John Pierpont Morgan

Autumn is in the air. It's not exactly New England, but where I live is looking quite picturesque at the moment, relishing the riot of fantastic autumnal colors in every corner of Central Oregon.

...Captured at Crystal Peaks and Peterson's Rock Garden.

A person could spend a lifetime learning from this place. There is probably a few more days in which to inhale her verdant fields of flowers and hidden damp darkness. I choose to spend my time collecting the spice of the earth, the gout de terroir, particular flavor of soil that makes this place unique in all the world. If I’m very lucky I can come to know this place a little bit, perhaps to recognize the angle of the sunflowers bow, or the change in lilt of the chickadee song when the sun comes out from behind that cloud. Yes that particular cloud, the one that is now changing, the one that is now changed, the one that is no more and will never be again.

This is the truth of living in the moment. Knowing that every breath of the universe is a precious gift that will never be again. It exists in and for itself and the most that we can do is join the dance.


3 encouragements:

Stephanie said...

Your blog posts are so beautiful and thought provoking!

I love your perspective on life :)

I'm so blunt and raw sometimes I don't capture the beauty around me but it's there :)

We don't have any signs of fall yet but when we do I'll get some pictures.

lydia joy said...

Wow, what a beautiful post, I can totally picture myself right there with you!! and how did you do that with your photo, very cool!! I love fall too!! It is just starting to get cooler here in Pa, the sunflowers are still hanging on, but many of the flowers are fading.....I love your perspective of living in the moment......I feel the same way!!!

Much grace and peace to you!!!

Kaylynn's Mommy said...

You would think living in Indiana that we would be experiencing fall weather......but it was 80 degrees today!

True learning-learning that is permanent and useful,that leads to intelligent action and further learning, can arise only out of the experience, interest, and concerns of the learner.
John Holt
Real heroes are men who fall, fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they stayed true to their ideals, beliefs and commitments.
Actor Kevin Costner

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