The First Gray Hair of Autumn

“The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

23 thoughts on “The First Gray Hair of Autumn”

  1. Pretty picture!!!! I have noticed a few fall colors floating around here. It may be getting to that time. I have to wonder though if they are not caused by the extreme dryness. It does seem early for the changing of colors here.

  2. I had never thought of fall that way. Gray hair… It is a beautiful way to look at things, isn’t it? Every time I see your sweet grandson’s photo there smiling with his eyes all lit up, just makes me laugh. Ah, such unbridled innocence…

  3. Cindee — this photo was actually taken a couple of summers ago. There’s been no dryness here — it’s been a summer of extreme humidity and, lately, copious amounts of rain. Everything here still looks quite green and lush. However, after a cold front moved in yesterday and overnight, our expected high temperature for today is only 60’ish (F), then back to mid 80’s toward week’s end. It really looks like a September morning out there. The light and shadow, even the rustle of the leaves just sounds different. It reminds me of those first days of back to school when my girls were little. :)

    Thanks for stopping by, gals!

  4. Hmm, I guess if your plants have gray hair, mine must have white! I’ve been so consumed with my ancestry research I *may* have forgotten to water my plants for a while. The ones in the ground are still in good shape, but the poor babies in containers aren’t so fortunate….

  5. Lovely picture Nancy. A perfect quote for this time of year too. I love to watch the leaves change color as summer turns to fall.

  6. I am so glad to see this beautiful fall glory even if it is an end to summer. And what a lovely thought—a grey hair. I had never heard that before. It is so fitting.

  7. We have been seeing bits of red and orange in the last week, too. Last night, was almost flannel pajama weather!

  8. Oliver Wendell Holmes is just full of good quotes. And the picture, as usual, is gorgeous. Is that a sumac? or am I entirely off?

    Fall is a season I welcome, as it means cool nights and days where I don’t have to hide from the sun like a lizard under a rock.

  9. What a great quote and analogy! Though along with the “gray” comes some pretty fantastic vivid colors:)
    I just noticed a few leaves on our burning bushes begin to turn red.

  10. Oh no, not yet, let it be summer for a little while longer especially as so many of us had mostly rain this year. We could do with a bit of summer sunshine. ;-)

    Lovely pic, Nancy, and a great quote.

  11. Nancy, your photo is gorgeous! You find such beautiful poetry to share. Thank you!
    Our weather sounds very much like yours. Flannel PJs is right! Flannel shirts during the mornings and evenings too. I hope we get a lovely long, warm fall. Two more months of summer (at least!) would be my choice :)

  12. Oh no, not yet! I’m not ready for summer to end. We had a very cool spring, and an absolutely perfect summer with very few days 90 degrees or more. I can’t remember a more beautiful summer than this one.

    I do love autumn, it’s just what comes after that I dread.

  13. A little sad and sentimental. Thank you so much for the thoughts and the quote. You are so good at this sort of thing.~~Dee

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