Autumn’s Last Colour

red oak leavesGradually, swiftly, we’ve watched the leaves flocking down, scattering mounds of yellow through the forest. Now, as we head towards November, nearly all autumn’s bonfires have drained, leaving the remaining scatterings of colour all the more precious. Only the occasional sparks of yellow aspen leaves dance in front of the soft grey trunks now. And, once in a while there is a slight flare of scarlet as a reminder of what we have lost.

But wait, all of autumn’s last colour is not lost. On the backdrop of the great ridge beyond our valley, with the russet of the long-lasting oak leaves and the yellow-brown of the beech leaves, there comes a second fall.

About Peri McQuay

Peri Phillips McQuay is the author of Singing Meadow: The Adventure of Creating a Country Home, The View From Foley Mountain, a book of nature meditations on her experiences living for 30 years at the Foley Mountain Conservation Area and A Wing in the Door: Life With a Red-tailed Hawk is the story of her adventures with Merak, a human-imprinted hawk, who lived free but saw McQuay and her family as her special people. Also Peri has written numerous essays, articles, book reviews and a weekly column, published in the Kingston Whig-Standard Magazine. Her credits include Country Journal, Harrowsmith, Bird Watcher’s Digest, The Snowy Egret, Seasons, The Fiddlehead, Herizons and Brick.
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2 Responses to Autumn’s Last Colour

  1. Pat Hardy says:

    Hi Peri,
    The gang from St. Lawrence Place seniors’ residence had a picnic at Foley Mountain today. The weather was perfect so we had a really good time. It brought back memories of past spinners’ pot lucks there when you invited us. You weren’t on the KHWS list so I decided to try your blog. I asked the girl in charge how Barry was doing but she didn’t have much upt to date news. I hope he is recovering.
    All the best.
    Pat Hardy

    • Hi Pat,
      How wonderful to get your kind post. What wonderful days those were when the spinners came to Foley Mountain. I’m pleased that you were able to go to a picnic at the park. Was this your idea or did a coordinator plan it for the group?

      Barry is recovering. I see improvement every day. However, he does have serious cancer and the neurological damage done this summer because of a tumour pressing on his spine means he may not walk again. Still, we are hoping he’ll be able to return home from St. Mary’s at the end of October, and are looking forward to that.

      Thank you so much for your email. I miss seeing you and the others in our spinning group.

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