Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Autumn to Fall

My favorite seasons fluctuate between Spring and Autumn, for obvious reasons: they're just so gorgeous!  Fall, is a season of fruition, coupled with an inherent sense of loss.  My mission in 日本 ended and my father passed away in mid-October, when the leaves are their most gorgeous. But, my son was subsequently baptized for Dad in the D.C. temple, a year later, on the same day. A dear niece, as well as a close friend's new baby share birthdays on the same day-October 11th, or 12th, 
depending on whether you're in Asia or the US.  
Autumn colors fade in Fall as leaves find their way to the ground.  The end of September is when the leaves look airbrushed with the most brilliant colors of the season, amidst surrounding rich greenery.
 It's a season of love and loss, gathering and letting go.  Some friends, with my son and his bride gathered in my home for a dinner party with curry stuffed into a cooked pumpkin this past Sunday!
My brother captured the gorgeous image below.  
Isn't it wonderful how some trees' leaves seem to unite in changing colors?
Varying shades of yellows, reds or oranges will transform the entire shrub or tree.  Jordan and Karli posed right here, before their wedding; what a gorgeous change in a few weeks!
While others transform and fall singly.  Autumn really does reflect the human condition of revelation as summer greens fade to reveal exquisite beauty or merely dismal browns.
Since October 14th was a holiday, I drove up to Logan.  I am deliberating over whether or not to move there eventually, in order to reduce debt.  Because I've loved the area since I first discovered it, I bought a town home in North Logan.  The drive up was breath-taking, as snow fell over the multi-colored trees and brush, like powdered sugar over mounds of candy-sprinkled sugar cookies!
But I don't have to go far to see gorgeous Autumn colors in Utah.  The trees all through out and right in front of my Midvale home put on a brilliant display to vie with the flowers every year!
Never-the-less, the mountain passage up to and returning from Logan is glorious in Autumn!  I've never experienced it before, and had to pull over several times to try to record some of the sights.
Actually, I've never really seen this season in Utah, because I was so preoccupied with college when I moved here to complete my degree.  All I saw was what was on campus at BYU, not that Provo isn't gorgeous too.  Here's another photo of Bridal Veil Falls, compliments of my brother, David again.
The combination of rock and Fall yellows is lovely--different from New England or Asia's Autumn displays, but equally stunning.  So, go out and take a walk, ride your bike or go jogging. 
Breath deeply and enjoy this season before the chill of winter sets in!
An old friend shared this quote with me, and it's so perfect; I had to add it:
"Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf becomes a flower." -Albert Camus