Praise the light of late November,
the thin sunlight that goes deep in the bones.
Praise the crows chattering in the oak trees;
though they are clothed in night, they do not
despair. Praise what little there’s left:
the small boats of milkweed pods, husks, hulls,
shells, the architecture of trees. Praise the meadow
of dried weeds: yarrow, goldenrod, chicory,
the remains of summer. Praise the blue sky
that hasn’t cracked yet. Praise the sun slipping down
behind the beechnuts, praise the quilt of leaves
that covers the grass: Scarlet Oak, Sweet Gum,
Sugar Maple. Though darkness gathers, praise our crazy
fallen world; it’s all we have, and it’s never enough.

~ Barbara Crooker
Praise Song

So where did autumn go?  It seems to be slipping quietly by this year.  There was a beautiful wedding..but then there was a funeral.  The sweet and the bitter.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am striving for authenticity in my images. This first photo was taken after nights of horrible insomnia..those circular thoughts going around and around in my head. Pushing myself out the door for some long walks in the woods seemed to help (I finally found some trails where hunting is not allowed), exploring and gathering what’s left of autumn, “our crazy fallen world”

There are projects left to finish, a few new ones in the works and a busy holiday season ahead.  One day at a time, as they say.

Grateful to have the whole family home soon.  I love when the house is full.  Will be busy feeding lots of hungry mouths…should sleep well this week.

Wishing all who celebrate, a very Happy Thanksgiving.


18 Comments on “praise

  1. Wishing you sound sleep that refreshes and rejuvenates. As I was reading I decided that I need to sit quietly during holiday gatherings to appreciate what I have – a warm and friendly home, plentiful shared food, with great family and friends.

  2. Oh… that bread literally made my mouth water! Know those sleepless nights only too well. So nice to have the family gathering to look forward to. Wishing you much to be thankful for as we close up yet another month… and, almost another year! Where on earth did it disappear?

  3. Gorgeous as always, Susan. You capture the autumn moods perfectly and I love the Praise Song. Hoping your insomnia lifts and that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🍁

  4. You have the most wonderful ability to arrange everyday objects in pools of luscious light, thereby turning them into works of art.

  5. As much as I love red and gold autumn foliage, I really like your earth toned autumn pictures. They give off a sense of autumn thinking “been there, done that, now I’m dialing it back and leaving the glorious colour stuff to the younger tree generation ” 🙂

  6. Wishing you and yours a most warm and loving Thanksgiving. As always, each of your images is so wonderfully appealing. I am particularly drawn to the person with the umbrella.

  7. Your images always capture mood and atmosphere and loveliness.
    Glad you were able to walk and I do hope that you were able to sleep.
    THanksgiving happiness to you, Susan

  8. Such a beautiful series of photos! The tones are so lovely and they are so authentic. I hope you had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving.

  9. I see a somber mood and palette, very well suited to the subject. It does feel like there is more emotional authenticity; sometimes it takes tough circumstances to put us in a place where we can convey that. Thanksgiving has passed, and I’m sure you were recharged by your family’s presence around you. When so many crazy things are happening in the world, it is truly a blessing, worthy of praise. A beautiful poem, that one, and you did it justice!

  10. Oh, I know about those circular thoughts..Worry and elusive sleeep. .
    Your images evoke a deep response in me.

  11. How far behind am I, I don’t even know…Your poem is lovely and I think that is what happened to me. Autumn just slipped by and will soon be gone for this year…
    Each photo tells it’s own story and together they tell your story. I love your darker, muter tones for the fall. I’m sorry about you not being able to sleep. That used to happened to me all the time…now I’m on the opposite end. I can’t seem to wake myself up in the morning..warm covers, dark room, snuggly dog and I just want to stay there.
    Enjoy your holiday season…I miss you in person but after the craziness goes away…we will gather and share New Year’s resolutions…xo

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