A picture of a Swedish forest adorned our living room wall many years ago. It was a riot of stately trees in red, orange and yellow. I remember staring at it from time to time when I was growing up. I would imagine Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel traipsing in. Magic!
Then Mother took me to her friend's sister's garden wedding. Hanging purple orchids served as the I Do backdrop. The bride's family property had a brook that sang along a russet violin as it played O Perfect Love, and the lawn was carpeted with brown, crisp leaves that crackled on our heels (they were landed Filipinos).
As far as I can figure these two things - the autumn forest and that utterly charming garden wedding influenced my fondness for autumn - a season I have never actually seen but that's so real and alive as it can be in my enchanted heart and mind.
Here are 13 autumn scenes and quotes that I immensely enjoyed putting together!
If the world had a front porch
I Love Autumn
Let's All Eat
"and forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with you hair." - Kahlil Gibran
"Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile." - William Cullen Bryant
"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns." - George Eliot
Let's All Eat
"Autum is a second spring where every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus
Country Living Made Beautiful
"There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves." ~ Joe L. Wheeler