#ThursdayTreeLove | Song for Autumn

BW Tree

Don’t you imagine the leaves dream now
how comfortable it will be to touch
the earth instead of the
nothingness of the air and the endless
freshets of wind? And don’t you think
the trees, especially those with
mossy hollows, are beginning to look for

the birds that will come–six, a dozen–to sleep
inside their bodies?

Mary Oliver, “Song for Autumn”

After this week’s rainy start, autumn graced us with sunny skies and cooler temperatures. Those of us who dwell in the Deep South appreciate the respite and the acknowledgment of the season, but we know in a matter of days—or even hours—we will be back to mid-summer heat and another season of storms.

I take three or four 5-15 minute walks throughout the workday. I walk to ruminate, to reset, and [especially] to move my body—which suffered much during the year and a half of Zoom. Lately, during my walks, I’ve been noting the subtle but sure transformation of the trees—the changing colors creeping into the dogwoods and maples, the thinning canopy of the black walnut and the oaks.

Today’s tree comes from one of my just-before-autumn walks. It’s not the most striking tree on campus, but there is something arresting in its stance against the cloud-filled sky.

We are some weeks away from the fullness of the season. We will blink one morning and find everything bursting in autumn glory and blink again and find only the bare structure of trees. This tree represents the in-between, a tree dreaming.  For once, I am appreciating the slow change, and not rushing toward the glory.

I am joining Parul Thakur for #ThursdayTreeLove every second and fourth Thursday of the month. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link it back to her latest #treelove post.

17 thoughts on “#ThursdayTreeLove | Song for Autumn

  1. ourlittleredhouseblog says:

    Beautiful photo and description of what is yet to come. In the black and white image you took, in a way, it is like you are sharing that anticipation of the striking brightness of what is yet to come. Side by side the two shots will look amazing. I can’t wait to see what Autumn’s trees have to share with us this year. It’s never the same, every year the art these trees create for us always amazes me.

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      You are so right. It’s never the same. I’m watching the trees change day by day and it is certainly not the same as last year. Some trees are already bare…it’s like they missed the “colors” phase. Thank you for reading and enjoying the post.


  2. Parul Thakur says:

    I absolutely love that shot! It seems to me the most gorgeous tree on your campus or one of the most beautiful ones, Chandra. Thank you for sharing. Also, I notice the changes too. Most days, it’s like a subtle thing but it’s still visible.
    Looking forward to seeing you back tomorrow.

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