Category Archives: autumn

Autumn Long Grass

Late Autumn Grass

Late Autumn Grass

This season I’ve been noticing the beauty of the long grasses where they have found a home to grow in the city – the edges of gardens, yards, fencelines, along parks and ditches. Banks of tawny brown, punctuated by flame-licks of bright yellow; tufts of orange and red – jewels of the natural world. Once you start noticing them, these gems are everywhere! A little taste of the countryside, here in the usual paths of urban life.

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Seed Pods

Seed Pods

It is our quiet time
We do not speak, because the voices are within us.
It is our quiet time
We do not walk, because the earth is all within us.
It is our quiet time
We do not dance, because the music has lifted us to a place where the spirit is.
It is our quiet time. We rest with all of nature. We wake when the seven sisters wake.
We greet them in the sky over the opening of the kiva.

~Nancy Wood
Earth Prayers From Around the World
Edited by Roberts & Amidon

Fall Fruit

Apples against fence

Prairie Classic!

Berries against fence

silver and red

Grapes and fall leaves

Sturdy Northern Grapes

Crabapples in a lane

Autumn Lane

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.

~Autumn, Emily Dickinson

Fall Floral

White flowers with autumn leaves

Ladybug’s Friend

September Lavender

September Lavender

Sweet Pea Blossom and Pod

Sweet Pea Blossom and Pod

September sunflower

September sunflower

Collected from this morning’s walk.

Lovely to see lingering blossoms!

Equinox Escape

Private Campsite

Private Campsite!

On the sun’s quarterly landmarks I take a vacation. I am learning new holy days, rooted in the natural rhythms of the universe in which I find myself. On these holy day holi-days, I devote a day to connect with nature directly. To remind my body and my mind what it is to be an animal in this world – away from the mental focus of my regular life.

Sunset from campsite

Sunset view from campsite

This fall equinox, I left the city behind and headed for the hills. Along the David Thomson highway, on the crown land nestled near national parks, there is a wilderness playground for urban escapees.

An informal camp site at the end of a rough road called itself “home” the instant I entered the space. Beside the swift mountain river and ringed with mountains, it made a luxury resort for the weekend.

Harvest Moon

Light to harvest by…

Or Barley Moon, for the ripening (ripened) crops.

Moonset Sunrise Equinox Morning - Full Moon Sept 19 Photo Sept 21 Equinox Sept 22

Moonset Sunrise Equinox Morning

In my life, this moon is the Fall Jacket Moon, the Darkening Morning Dog-Walks Moon, the Flashlight in the Pocket Moon (for said am dog-walks), and the Alarm Clock in the Dark Moon. It is the First Frost Moon, the Birds Flocking Moon, the Geese V Moon, the Leaf Turning Moon, and the Fall Projects Moon.

Beautiful and bitter-sweet seasonal signs this month – some of my favourites!