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Painting the path ~ the vibrant hues of autumn

October 21, 2014.Oliver.0 Likes.7 Comments

“falling leaves
hide the path
so quietly”

― John Bailey


I remember a conversation which must have occurred pretty much a year ago. A conversation about the change of seasons, or better say the season of change. Pondering over time and the ambivalent perception of autumn a colleague of mine came up with a question that to me illustrates the abstract symbiosis between melancholy and beauty in a most remarkable way: “Isn’t it strange how trees actually fade away in the most brilliant colours while humans turn grey and pale?”

There has always been a fascination with autumn and to me this time of the year is sheer poetry, a vibrant “ode to change”. A sensation that a while ago has been the inspiration for “awetumn“.

Mellow afternoon stroll

Whenever possible I try to capture the “symphony of trees“. The intense hues of fall foliage, every single leaf soaking up the sunlight, each reflecting its very own mood while raindrops turn into miniature magnifying glasses. The rustling sound of leaves that not only have fallen, but seemingly fallen in love with the ground. A marvellous manifestation of time and impermanence…



Intriguing kaleidoscope

There was another celebration of change to be found that day: an impressive Mandala composed of nature. Leaves, pine cones, bark, fruits and flowers have been arranged by local artists to a microcosm of colours and shapes. It is not only their craft and dedication I admire but also the way they outline the motivation for this reminder of “our dependence on the earth’s trees and plants, and the need to protect them in our over exploited world.”

“How many people think twice about a leaf? Yet the leaf is the chief product and phenomenon of life: this is a green world, with animals comparatively few and small, and all dependent on the leaves. By leaves we live. Some people have strange ideas that they live by money. They think energy is generated by the circulation of coins. Whereas the world is mainly a vast leaf colony, growing on and forming a leafy soil, not a mere mineral mass: we live not by the jingling of our coins, but by the fullness of our harvests.” ― Scottish biologist Patrick Geddes (1854-1932)

While we tried to capture fragments of that enchanting circle in front of us we noticed a woman, well in her “autumn of life”, who was obviously spellbound by the gorgeous plant arrangement. A smile on her face, her hands clinging to the walking stick and something in her gaze that indicates the quest for words…

The peaceful patchwork may have faded a bit since it has been created earlier this week, but it’s still a intriguing kaleidoscope indeed.



One day I would love to immerse myself in autumn spirit on a leaf peeping road trip through New England or even celebrate the wonderful Momijigari tradition in Japan – embracing the moment and contemplating…


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

― L.M. Montgomery

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Comments (7)

  • Jane . October 22, 2014 . Reply

    A beautifully written piece and such magical images, Oliver. Thank you for sharing this sensitive and thoughtful reflection.

    • (Author) Oliver . October 22, 2014 . Reply

      Jane, thank you so much for your lovely feedback!! I’m glad you enjoyed this wee stroll and these autumn-infused thoughts. I hope there’s even more to come… 🙂

  • laura bruno lilly . October 22, 2014 . Reply

    You’ve been gone awhile, but wow what a punchy post to make up for lost time. I wish those of us on WP.org could re-blog easily…I’d love to be able to do so with this one of yours. (after asking permission of course)

    I’m an October baby and have always been partial to ‘my’ native season. As I grow older I realize I’d have adopted it as my own regardless!

    Thank you for this ‘awetumm’ version of coffee stains! I clicked on all the extra links and got a good ‘cuppa joe’ out of them.


    • (Author) Oliver . October 25, 2014 . Reply

      Thanks a lot for you warm “welcome back” message Laura! It has been a while indeed and believe me, I would love to add far more pages to this coffee-stained journal and share some of the discovered inspiration found on a more regular basis…

      Your thoughts regarding your “native season” are very interesting indeed! Never thought about how much our personalities actually may be rooted in the “mood” of our origin. Might be similar to plants flourishing depending on time and place they have been seeded maybe!?

      By the way, following your remark on the re-blog feature I did some research. But as you indicated, on self-hosted blogs “social” seems to be the answer – even though it’s not quite the same…

      Thanks again for your enthusiastic reply and the “caffeinated compliment”!! 🙂 I hope you enjoy the rest of lovely autumn…

  • Franca . November 11, 2014 . Reply

    Amazing writing, it has something quite special perhaps because it’s about something I absolutely adore, autumn. I wish this season would last longer, it’s so beautiful and I love going out and walk between dead colorful leaves. You mentioned you want to go to Japan to witness their fall, we were there two years ago and it was spectacular, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it! 😉

    • (Author) Oliver . November 12, 2014 . Reply

      Thank you so much for your lovely message Franca! Always happy to connect with more “autumn people”… 🙂 I agree, it’s such a magical time…
      Your trip to Japan made me curious and I just took a look at “Red & Orange Leaves” on your site. Spectacular indeed and I’m sure I would be brimming with bliss while soaking up the marvel(s) around me! I suppose it was your favourite autumn experience to date!?

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