Fall Inspirations

Had a great time this fall photographing one thing and another.  So enjoyed the views, colors, and weather.  Here is a sampling in one fell swoop:


(Lookout point off Richard B. Russell Highway, Chattahoochee National Forest.)

Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.  Faith Baldwin, American Family


(Stone Mountain, GA)

Autumn repays the earth the leaves which summer lent it.  George Lichtenberg (1742-1799), translated by Norman Alliston, 1908.

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Plough in North Georgia Mountains

Winter is dead; spring is crazy; summer is cheerful and autumn is wise!  ~Mehmet Murat ildan

Gibbs Gardens

Gibbs Gardens

The breath of autumn had already passed along the foliage, and a coming death had spread over its hues golden, brown and crimson – a strange gaiety of decay, which,

with all its beauty, carries an idea of sadness into one’s heart. T.H.E., “The German’s Daughter”, 1840.


Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits. ~Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh

Gibbs Gardens

Gibbs Gardens

Autumn is springtime in reverse.  ~Terri Guillemets, “Falling Up”, 1999.

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Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night, and thus he would never know the rhythms that are at the heart of life.  ~Hal Borland

Covered Bridge - North GA Near Sautee

Covered Bridge – North GA Near Sautee

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!”
~Dexter Kozen

Gibbs Gardens

Gibbs Gardens

A glorious crown the year puts on…Phebe A. Holder, “A Song of October”, in The Queries Magazine, October 1890.


No Spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one Autumnal face.  John Donne, “Elegy IX: The Autumnal”

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Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.  Jim Bishop

Neels Gap, GA

Neels Gap, GA

I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze, The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves. ~Ann Drake, 2013

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Church Near Helen, GA, North GA Mountains

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, May luck be yours on Halloween.  ~Author Unknown


It is a delightful pastime to sit in the pleasant sunshine of autumn, and gazing from this little spot of free earth over such a landscape, let the imagination luxuriate amid the thrilling associations of the scene! ~H.T. Tuckerman, “San Marino”


October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins…. Merry October! ~Rainbow RowellAttachments, 2011


Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  ~Albert Camus


If you stand still outside you can hear it…Winter’s footsteps, the sound of falling leaves.  ~Animal Crossing:  Wild World (Nintendo Video game)

written by Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka, and Toshihiro Kawabata

Outside Ellijay

Outside Ellijay, GA

Witch and ghost make merry on this last of dear October’s days. ~Author unknown

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Autumn is the hush before winter.  ~French Proverb


Outside of Ellijay (Actually Pre-Fall – Preparing for Winter)

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. ~Henry David Thoreau


And myriad leaves, on which the summer wrote Her blushing farewell, at my feet were strewn.

Albert Laighton (1829-1887), “In the Woods,” c. 1859

Gibbs Gardens

Gibbs Gardens

.Autumn thanks the sun with an abundant harvest. ~Terri Guillemets