Updated: Oct 7, 2021
Last Monday morning, as I was driving to work, I stopped at a red light. In front of me was a road entirely shaded by a gorgeous alley of trees with turning leaves. Multicolor trees rolling down the hills were on my left. Cottage-like houses emerging from luxurious gardens on my right. The grass was shining in the sunrise under a yellow carpet of dead leaves. I promptly lower down my window to snap a picture. I wish I could describe better this scene to you.
Fall was never my favorite season, in fact where I grew up, seasons were wet or dry depending of the time of the year-needless to say that I don’t have any precious memories of Fall. However, the artist in me couldn’t stay numb to this scenery. I was inspired by the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings of Fall that morning and realized this season has multiple elements that connect to our senses.
Sight- Fall is filled with bright yellows, oranges and reds, but, as the days shorten and cloudy skies become the norm, it also has an underlying grey tone. This photograph, from my drive that early morning of October, captures the brightness and soft grey of autumn.
Hearing- The sounds of fall are abundant: the crunching of leaves underfoot, the wind blowing through the tree, and the passing of geese flying south give a perfect background ambiance.
Smell- Apples, pumpkin pies, the smells of Fall are rich and magical. I wish every day smelled like an Autumn day.
Touch- Fall gives you the excuse to wear scarves, sweater and snuggle in comfy blanket again. The feeling of fall is soft, warm, and cozy.
The turning of the season is a great opportunity to slow down and take the time to enjoy the gloriosity of the season. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy my morning drive to work and ruminate those thoughts until I can capture the essence of Autumn on a canvas just like Monet.