among the trees

october rain

when the rain finally stopped...

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hello November

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the nonconformist

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When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

–Mary Oliver

30 Comments on “among the trees

  1. What an elegy to fall. I appreciate your constantly changing perspectives. You’ve captured a feeling very like the Oliver poem – a comfort is there.

  2. A marvelous study of fall’s various bits and pieces… and to top it off with Mary Oliver: Perfection!!!

  3. Beautiful.. love the transitions through the fall season, nature sure loves to paint all the vibrant colors 🙂

  4. You’ve outdone yourself here Susan with the photos and the poem…just perfect! That first photo with the rain and colors is wonderful, and I also love the leaves caught in the ice…and the beautiful blue sky with glowing leaves at the end…it made me want to cry it was all so beautiful…

  5. I knew when I opened the post that I would sigh happily. That first one is lovely … I did a similar in B&W, and no matter how much I love monochrome, there is nothing like color!
    You make me want to play hookie and get outside with my camera. Hopefully I can fit that in. Beautiful work as always!

  6. What a lovely series of fall pictures! It’s a treat for me as we don’t have much of it here in the south.

  7. Ah such a wonderful combination: your lovely views of autumn and Mary Oliver.

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