“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
I love this quote, and try to remember it every year when the leaves tumble into crunchy piles of a thousands shades of amber. Every new season always feels like an opportunity for renewal, but especially autumn, when the cooling, crisp winds which make us reach for our jumpers and hats breathe a haze of rich, gold-infused light over the heavens. And especially this year. Maybe because it came at the end of a wonderfully long, heady summer, or maybe because I have taken on new challenges and my brain is whirring as it learns new things. Or maybe it is because, as I head into my own autumnal years, I feel more of an affinity with this season which I have previously always approached with a sense of loss and longing, and am finding it can energise me as much as the sprightly newness of spring, or the carefree, lazy days of summer.
The children always love this time of year because for them it signals the start of the season of treats, fun and indulgence which starts around Halloween and peaks with Christmas, of course. They find the chilly days and dark nights exciting in a way which I, as one who worships light, have never really understood before. Even bonfire night usually fails to ignite a spark of excitement. However this year, the quiet, mellow joys of this mature season have infused my heart and pooled into its chambers with a surprising, juicy burst of delight – just like that first taste of freshly plucked sweet-sharp blackberries.
© images and words by Emily Hughes, 2015
Scrumptious shots Emily, your joy is infectious. Thank you!
Thanks so much Patti!
Very fresh photos, lovely!!
By the way, did you find those blackberries recently? We use to go to pick lots of them out in the fields to convert them into jam.
It was a few weeks ago now – they weren’t all quite ripe yet though. They didn’t make it to jam, sadly!
I do adore all the autumnal transformations–and how lovely that you are appreciating them, as well. Sweet pictures of the children enjoying themselves!
Beautiful photographs! Those blackberries look scrumptious!
oh thank you! 🙂