Autumn is a seductress, luring sun worshippers into a certain fall away from warmth and light. Enraptured by Autumn's radiant show, one can almost not notice Summer's curtain coming down. Like an encore performance at the end of a theatrical spectacle, Autumn's flashy splendor distracts Summer's loyal fans from noticing that the run is over, the show is packing up and moving to another hemisphere. Here are some showstoppers that have helped distract me from the close of Summer 2010.
Included with the photographs is Robert Frost's poem Reluctance which describes almost universal sentiments at this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere.
And over the walls I have wended;
I have climbed the hills of view
And looked at the world, and descended;
And lo, it is ended.
The leaves are all dead on the ground,
Save those that the oak is keeping
And let them go scraping and creeping
Out over the crusted snow,
When others are sleeping.
And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
The heart is still aching to seek,
Ah, when to the heart of man
To yield with a grace to reason,
And bow and accept the end
Of a love or a season?