The Melancholy Beauty of Autumn

I do believe that we can fall in love with places and seasons. Often we remember places that were summer idylls, or we can recall snowy, winter vistas from holidays gone-by, or the melancholy beauty of autumns. Seasons appeal in different ways to the senses, and we can be carried away by the rich colors of a maple tree turning scarlet or amber.  My favorite season is fall, that lovely reminder of the impermanent quality of life for us all.

I remember autumns in New England, and Indiana as being among the most magnificent (like Brown County). I now spend my winters in Pompano Beach, Florida, and even though Colorado has had some terrible flooding in its northern parts the past couple of weeks, I have acquired a deep love of the terrain here with views that are as majestic and breathtaking as any others I have ever seen. Perhaps the reader can remember his own times and places of great beauty, ones that he can summon by closing his eyes to bring them back, if only through yearning recollection. This blog entry will be, once again, a series of photos I’ve taken of some of my favorite autumn views of Colorado. Each will be labeled.

 

A Favorite Vista

A Silhouette of Pines

Green Velvet

My Granite Seat

Elk

September Aspens

Mountain Lake

Water Fall

Dusk on my street

Clear Creek

Through the trees

Echo Lake

Echo Lake 2

Nature’s Path

Aspens of Gold

Me at Clear Creek

Majestic Autumn

Perfect Autumn Day

Autumn at its best

Pathway Home

JB

 

 

 

About John

John Bolinger was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, where he attended Ball State University and Purdue University, receiving his BA and MA from those schools. Then he taught English and French for thirty-five years at Morton High School in Hammond, Indiana before moving to Colorado. He spends his winters in Pompano Beach, Florida. Besides COME SEPTEMBER, Journey of a High School Teacher, John's other books are ALL MY LAZY RIVERS, an Indiana Childhood, and COME ON, FLUFFY, THIS AIN'T NO BALLET, a Novel on Coming of Age, all available on Amazon.com as paperbacks and Kindle books. Alternately funny and touching, COME SEPTEMBER, conveys the story of every high school teacher’s struggle to enlighten both himself and his pupils, encountering along the way, battles with colleagues, administrators, and parents through a parade of characters that include a freshman boy for whom the faculty code name is “Spawn of Satan,” to a senior girl whose water breaks during a pop-quiz over THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Through social change and the relentless march of technology, the human element remains constant in the book’s personal, entertaining, and sympathetic portraits of faculty, students, parents, and others. The audience for this book will certainly include school teachers everywhere, teenagers, parents of teens, as well as anyone who appreciates that blend of humor and pathos with which the world of public education is drenched. The drive of the story is the narrator's struggle to become the best teacher he can be. The book is filled with advice for young teachers based upon experience of the writer, advice that will never be found in college methods classes. Another of John's recent books is Mum's the Word: Secrets of a Family. It is the story of his alcoholic father and the family's efforts to deal with or hide the fact. Though a serious treatment of the horrors of alcoholism, the book also entertains in its descriptions of the father during his best times and the humor of the family's attempts to create a façade for the outside world. All John's books are available as paperbacks and Kindle readers on Amazon, and also as paperbacks at Barnes & Noble. John's sixth and most recent book, Growing Old in America: Notes from a Codger was released on June 15, 2014.
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