Autumn is leaving its leaves.

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Autumn leaves.

Autumn is almost gone but with the warm weather it has been dawdling and only now the leaves are leaving. In a week’s time it will be winter and yet many trees are still in leaf. I took the above photo to preserve how beautiful leaves can be. Back some decades ago, I went through a period of drying leaves in books but still remember how a fascinating discovery it would be coming across those after a year or so, when opening the book.

I sometimes wonder what will be still showing when autumn befalls us and what be left of any of us? A photo album, my postage stamp collection, a few boxes of photos, copies of rate notices? A faded marriage certificate? (With many, perhaps divorce certificates). I recently found a yellowed certificate of quantity-surveying together with one of printmaking including lithography. What will be made of us when a great-great-great-great grand child in two hundred years time will decide to dig into their heritage and open up the drawers to find those long lost dusty remnants of our lives?

The beauty of a nice fall preceding a good refreshing winter is that it gives a chance on reflection. How did it all go? Sure, a good melancholy has always been welcome, give a philosophical escape, especially in late autumn. Many escape reflecting on the past, and find escape in petrol driven leaf-blowers or go gambling at a club, watch footy on TV or worse,  give vent to a hopeless despair by denigrating Muslims or the Chinese.

For many the watching of falling leaves has a lot going for it. It gives a respite. I love it!

The Falling Leaves

November 1915
Today, as I rode by,
I saw the brown leaves dropping from their tree
In a still afternoon,
When no wind whirled them whistling to the sky,
But thickly, silently,
They fell, like snowflakes wiping out the noon;
And wandered slowly thence
For thinking of a gallant multitude
Which now all withering lay,
Slain by no wind of age or pestilence,
But in their beauty strewed
Like snowflakes falling on the Flemish clay.

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22 Responses to “Autumn is leaving its leaves.”

  1. Julia Lund Says:

    Ah, love these sentiments so well-expressed. Autumn and melancholy … they both have their own particular beauty 🍁🍂🍁

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Julia. We are lucky to have the seasons. Most of Australia is sub-tropical and further north totally tropical with both climatic zones mainly arid most of the time.
      Here in the Southern Highlands we get both moisture and being high up, cool winters, allowing both evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs to thrive.

      I suppose people too have seasons. Spring might be between birth and the thirties, summer till the sixties with hot on the heels autumn till the eighties or even nineties. Winter is when, with luck, someone might visits our graves and water the withering weeds or roses.

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      • Julia Lund Says:

        Yes, I think people have seasons too. But somehow, they seem to change rather more quickly than the length of years sound. On your calculations, both my children are now stepping in to summer and I am looking autumn firmly in the eye. But then again, seasons aren’t guaranteed. My dad only saw spring and summer, and mum had barely started autumn, so perhaps I’ll just think of each new day as a season in itself …

        I know very little of Australia’s climate or geography. I do know it’s a vast place. And that it’s a very long way from the UK. And that there are spiders …

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  2. freefall852 Says:

    I see Autumn as a time for reflection…the “raking up of the leaves” of one’s lazy Summer thoughts…and now in my old age, it has an even more contemplative moment… https://freefall852.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/the-end-of-stories/

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Gee, Joe. There is enough for a couple of books there. You are a terrific story teller.

      Memories is the storage pantry for our thoughts to get back to. I remember when in my fifties and my mother was getting old living back in Holland, how she would talk about her memories of her life and her parents. I paid scant attention. Yet, now that I am getting there as well, relish all those tales of the past of which we have so much more than future.

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      • freefall852 Says:

        Thank you for the compliment, Gerard…from yourself, I truly appreciate it…for there is more value in the opinions of so many honest bloggers putting their thoughts and memories down for posterity than any of those “celebrity commentator’s” cynical scribblings…and you have got further than me in that you have written a book(‘s..?)…I think I will remain a short story writer..or perhaps collect a number of those connected stories to put together a book…but I doubt it…
        My mother wanted to be a writer of stories, but as I explained in the piece…it was just too difficult for women of that period to get the peace and time…
        I became a writer by accident…being a carpenter first and a recorder of incidents second and THAT was because of an event my mother told me that was passed on to her from my father that happened to a woman in his Italian village…strange the ways of inspiration..talking of which, I look forward to your postings here and read every one and have gone back over many in your archives…lovely gems of insight that glitter an shine in diamond light!…thank you.

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  3. shoreacres Says:

    Autumn and melancholy do suit one another. I’ve often thought that the pressing of leaves (which I also did) is not so much to keep the leaves as to keep that wonderful autumnal feeling, which is perhaps even more fleeting than the leaves.

    The poem you offered is wonderful. And of course, I can’t read the words ‘autumn leaves’ without remembering this song.

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  4. Therese Trouserzoff Says:

    I wonder how trees work out that today is cooler or the sun shines a few minutes less than yesterday.

    Do trees have memories too ?

    What bits of a tree are looking for the first inkling that Spring is on the way ?

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  5. freefall852 Says:

    I have deactivated both my Facebook and Twitter accounts…and I will only keep my blog operating. I did this because my instincts, coupled with my reading of history gives clue to the direction this Australia…that I no longer recognise…is heading.
    My reading of history informs me that whenever a severe authoritarian government..right or left…takes command, it is always in company with some cataclysmic event..not that I predict any particular event happenning, save perhaps a climate catastrophe..but I have this instinctive notion that the same as animals and insects react to perceived dangerous – to them – weather events, so does humanity have these similar instinctive notions warning us about some approaching danger..but not being as “connected” to our intuition as are natures creatures, we look to where we perceive the strength of arms is and seek to shelter under that protection..
    Hence the voting in of authoritive power even against our better judgement….
    So I am “battening down the hatches” against any incoming storm..social or natural…I cannot give exact reasons why…it is just my own instinct..and for many years now, I have made it my interest to listen to my instincts where it does not cause trouble to those around me..

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  6. gerard oosterman Says:

    You are on something there, Joe. The world better heed to what nature and science are telling us. If we ignore climate change our children will pay the price. I am inclined to a fair bit of scepticism about how Australia is going to fare but with the enthusiasm whereby people have taken to solar panels I have some hope.

    One worry are the latest elections in Europe whereby both the fringe right and the greens seem so have taken votes away from the main parties. I don’t mind the greens. but the Hungarian Orbans of this world are a worry with their mindless nationalism.

    It boils down to giving fair distribution of wealth. It is a worry when billions are spent on underwater boats, armaments and war mausoleums and yet the aged are getting belted in aged care ,and thousands are sleeping rough. Jails are used to house the mentally ill. That to me is not fair sharing.

    Iceland has again been nominated as the most peaceful country in the world.
    Iceland does not have an army but do contribute to sending trained people to try and keep peace at trouble spots for the UN.

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    • freefall852 Says:

      Well, Gerard..I’m not one to jump at shadows..and I have been studying my history for a loooong time, coupled with my now aged /learned experience, I cannot see any other direction this mob of crooks CAN take us.
      I wrote on those social media places before these last two elections that the conservative elements in Aust’ just CANNOT afford to lose the elections…there being so many tainted members and policy swindles done, a multi-topic royal commissions would HAVE to be instigated and some jail-time a certainty…But here we are…they DID win both…albeit with the slenderest of majorities in the most chancey and suspicious of circumstances….and with the obvious corruption of so many overseeing authorities, I just do not have faith in the AEC to look into ANY breeches of convention…remember the financial regulators and the banks?
      So I am left to trust to my instincts..and if I am proven wrong, no-one will be more pleased than yours truly!

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        We were terribly miffed too, Joe. And we don’t know if we will be around till the next election. I am afraid that despite our multi-cultural population, our way of doing things (not doing) remains strongly Anglo oriented. We still move agonisingly slow forward and stand still most of the time.
        We are still a monarchy after all those years and revel in resisting change. Our main aim and motto is; Why change if it ain’t broke?
        Ah well, there are the pokies and football.

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  7. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Beautiful photo, Gerard!!! 🙂
    I love autumn and I love the changing falling leaves. I always wondered if they let go with excitement and abandon…and said “Whee!!!” on the way down. 🙂 Those that land on the earth do help to nourish the earth and give life to other plants. 🙂
    Our lives seem to have seasons, also. I find it beautiful.
    🍁 🍂 🌿🍁 🍂 🌿 🍁 🍂 🌿
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    How are you?
    How is Helvi?
    How is Milo?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Glad you liked the photo, Carolyn. Today is very stormy and people wear beanies and puckered faces. It is freezing with snow down to 8oo meters. Time for hot soup and smoked sausages.
      We are alright and morning’s rituals now include coffee and taking our meds.
      Hugs from us and a wagging tail from Milo.

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  8. freefall852 Says:

    Not to make too much an issue of the point..From Machiavelli :

    ” And this conclusion can be drawn, that where the people is not corrupted, tumults and other troubles do no harm; but where corruption exists, well ordered laws are of no benefit, unless they are administered by one who, with extreme strength, will make them be observed until the people become good [cured]; I do not know if this ever happened, or whether it be possible that it could happen; for it is seen (as I have said a little above) that a City coming to decadence because of the corruption of its people, if it ever happens that she is raised up again, it happens through the virtu of one man who is then living, and not by the virtu of the general public, that the good institutions are sustained: and as soon as such a one is dead, they will return to their pristine habits, as happened at Thebes, which by the virtu of Epaminondas, while he was alive, was able to maintain the form of a Republic and Empire, but after his death returned to its first disorders: the reason is this, that one man cannot live so long that the time will be enough to bring a City back to good habits which for a long time has had evil habits. And if one of very long life or two continuous successors of virtu do not restore it [the state], so one which lacks them (as was said above) is quickly ruined, unless it should be made to be restored through many dangers and much bloodshed. For such corruption and little inclination for a free society result from an inequality that exists in that City; and wanting to bring them to equality, it is necessary to use the most extraordinary means, which few know or want to use, as will be described in more detail in another place.”
    ( https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/machiavelli/niccolo/m149d/book1.html#book1.17 )

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  9. gerard oosterman Says:

    Thanks for the link, Joe. It will take some time to get through all the chapters. I am not sure if corruption is the trouble or could it be a lack of taking the horse by the bridle. Perhaps all those large T-bones and all that football and culture hatred has made this country very sleepy and passive. There is the occasional political belch which many mistake for action.

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