Autumn -a time of gathering and sowing

leaves-on-the-deck“For man, Autumn is the time of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.”  -Edwin Way Tealle

The rain was in charge last night. Rivers were running down the curb side dragging leaves and sticks along. It was only 20 or 30 minutes but in that time the world was filled with water, leaves of multiple colors and wind.

It is fall in the northern mid-west. We are in the time of weather swings. The morning had dawned with sun, blue skies and temperatures heading into the 70’s and humid. A bit odd for an October morning in Minnesota but hey I will take it. A long walk along the creek provided canopies of color – stark yellows, brilliant oranges with red highlights.

By late afternoon the sky was dark, the winds had begun to blow and in one full swish all we could see was water. Rain coming hard and fast filling open pots, cascading over curbs and walls and creating a waterlogged world.

This rain and wind did what it does best. It scattered the leaves, and the seeds in all directions. It cast out into the world the embryos of next years growth. It relieved the bushes and tress of this years growth -casting them out to make colored collages out of your yards and decks.

Some trees managed to hang on to bits of their fall color design to sparkle this morning in the early sun while others were left bare to share the rich dark color of their bark. peppers

I had gathered the dregs of my garden over the weekend so the winds were free to blow without my worry. I could enjoy the weather swings of warmth, to rain to frosty morning sunshine.

Nature continues to move us through cycles of early yellow green sprouts, deep dark green summer growth and the wild release of colors and falling leaves in the autumn. This prepares us northlanders ready to settle into the quiet, gentle stillness of winter. A time when the landscape goes white, silent and we retreat into the warmth of stories by the fire and time for creating garden designs. A time for our eyes and soul to rest while preparing for the coming growth of a new year.    


About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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5 Responses to Autumn -a time of gathering and sowing

  1. Tara Smith says:

    It was lovely to hear of your rain, parched and dry to the bone as we are in the New York/New Jersey area.

  2. arjeha says:

    Autumn is a lovely time of the year. I drove through the mountains over the weekend and the colors were spectacular.

  3. Ramona says:

    Loved your descriptions – the canopies of color and the colored collages. And then the settling in for the quiet, gentle stillness of winter. Wonderful, meditative slice.

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