“Autumn Poets Sing,” Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Fall 2012
I’m pretty sure my next two or three blog posts will focus on autumn. I can’t help it. I’m obsessed with the beauty of the season. This obsession is not peculiar to me alone, of course. A simple Google search for autumn poems yields pages and pages of links of fall-themed classic and contemporary poetry. And social network feeds proudly showcase an abundance of autumn photos from around the world.
My own obsession led me to host a “‘Fall’ in Love” swap in “A Thousand Words,” a new photography group on swap-bot. The swap called for sharing autumn photos and a complementary autumn poem. Swappers had the choice of sending poem and photo separately or poem and photo integrated. Ladybegood sent this serene autumn scene crafted as a notecard for my use:
“The Woods in Autumn” by Linda, known as “Ladybegood” on swap-bot
And the perfect poem, handwritten on card stock:
by James S. Tippett
I like the woods
When dry leaves hide the ground,
When the trees are bare
And the wind sweeps by
With a lonesome rushing sound.
I can rustle the leaves
And I can make a bed
In the thick dry leaves
That have fallen
From the bare trees
If you have children, this poem is perfect for getting them to understand imagery.
By the way, Ladybegood included a note telling me a little bit about the photo, but it’s missing in desk clutter (see previous post).
In a different swap, “I Like Light (& Color)” for the Color and Light Photo Swappers Group, swap-bot, Midteacher sent me two autumn photos:
“Vibrant Maple,” by Diane, known as “Midteacher” on swap-bot
Midteacher writes that she passed this tree several times on the way home from work before she made herself stop to take the shot one day. I witness a similar brilliance from my office window every day. The tree beckoned me till one day I was compelled to step onto the balcony to snap a shot.
“Brilliant Hello,” by Me, Fall 2014
This autumn beauty greets residents and guests at one of the women’s residential halls. My office is quite a distance from the tree, so I plan to take a walk to capture a bit more of the interesting details. I hope there are still leaves on it by the time the temperatures are mild enough for me to take a campus walk.
Like Ladybegood, Midteacher also sent a photo notecard:
Autumn Scene by Diane, “Midteacher” on swap-bot
She was so drawn to this breath-taking scene that after they drove passed it, she had her husband go back so she could snap a shot. Midteacher and I are in three photo groups together and I enjoy having her as a swap partner. Her packages are always well-crafted. In fact, I have a couple more sets of her photos to share with my blog audience. Until then, you can check out her work on an earlier post OR check out her blog, A Focused Journey.
For the “‘Fall’ in Love” swap, I sent my partner, Patty aka Cakers, an envelope full of “red leaves” and a Paul Laurence Dunbar poem that so clearly illustrates my giddiness about autumn that I had to send it to her [click image for a closer look]. Patty loved her envelope full of autumn. In return, with her permission, of course, I “swiped” a photo from her Facebook wall–of leaves she collected during an afternoon walk.
“All the Colors of Fall” by Patty aka Cakers