The Season of Falling Leaves
I think Fall (Autumn) is one of the most photographed and praised seasons and it deserves to be, because Fall is showing us in its own colorful way that all things are transient sooner or later. Fall is the season where all colors turn to orange and brown, before they fall to the ground. The way I look at it is that I find it fascinating to see how life in all plants retreats, preparing itself to survive the harsh and cold winter and I love to capture those moments of beauty, either in Photography or Poetry, or in both. I often combine my photos with my poems, which I call Rhyming Images.
The Fall Season has that warm orange and brown look, it has the most beautiful sunsets, the crops have been harvested. It’s the season of sitting at the fire place with a hot cup of choclate in your hands, the season of shortening days and long nights.
Copyright on all text and photos in this article: Titia Geertman
But…..is it Autumn? or is it Fall? – Getting a bit confused? I’ll explain
Is there a difference between Autumn and Fall?
The words Autumn and Fall are both used to refer to the season between Summer and Winter. Why are there two words for the same season you ask? Well, sources on the internet explain it as follows:
The original Latin word for Autumn is autumnus. In the Middle Ages in Europe they used the word Harvest to refer to the season, like they still do in some countries like the Dutch ‘Herfst’ and the German ‘Herbst’. We al know (I assume) that harvest means getting the crop from the land so people could eat. But….as more and more people moved from the lang to the cities, soon the word ‘harvest’ lost its reference to the time of the year around September and October. All they knew was that ‘harvest’ meant getting the crop from the land so people could eat and the words Autumn and Fall were more and more used to refer to the season.
Fall means exactly the same thing as Autumn and it became common in the 16th century in England for the season in which nature is preparing itself for Winter by letting the leaves fall to the ground. A lot of English people emigrated to the US in the 17th century, bringing their language with them and the funny thing is that the word Fall became less and less common in England, but became more and more common in the USA.
Cows in the Mist
Willow Trees in Stormy Weather
I photographed trees in Fall
of a brown-yellow sunset
feet firm in soil
in a changing landscape
untill they fall
Note author: at this moment (December 2014) those trees are no more.
Autumn in the Beech tree wood
The change of Seasons
Autumn means Harvest Time
I photographed my Fall garden
I share my garden with critters and insects
I have a lot of ‘junk’ in my garden, meaning I don’t take all the fallen branches, leaves, fruits or whatever else is falling away, but merely shove it in a corner or just let it be. I pile up old bricks, wood chuncks, because they make good homes for all kind of critters and insects, which means food for newborn birds.
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Sometimes my house too
I photographed my Fall landscape
When Summer ends