Oh, Autumn!

Oh, autumn! You are my favourite season. No, really. I adore everything about you: your beautiful leaves, smoke-scented wind, vibrant sunsets, pumpkin patches, delectable food (warm cider, caramel apples, pie). You are really quite remarkable.

Autumn by Abraham Manievich, 1914

Autumn by Abraham Manievich, 1914

Autumn by Béla Farkas, 1913

Autumn by Béla Farkas, 1913

Autumn Leaves by John Everett Millais, 1856

Autumn Leaves by John Everett Millais, 1856

You have the best pastimes: hayrides, haunted houses, apple picking.

No wonder your charms drive poets into the arms of hyperbole:

you are the season of purest inspiration.

Autumn  by Alfons Mucha, 1886

Autumn by Alfons Mucha, 1886

Your sights, sounds, smells–all are bundled away until needed. I unpack them in the heart of winter, when I do my best writing. They make life, and work, less barren. Hopeful, warm.

Autumn by Jens Lund, 1909

Autumn by Jens Lund, 1909

Thank you.