Weekly Writing Challenge: A Splash of Color – Bathed in Gold

The color of the light in October is amber, more so as the evening draws on and the sun hangs low in the late afternoon sky. Gold washes everything. Gold glows in the leaves that remain on the trees. It brightens the skin of all who walk in the Autumn sunlight.

I went out today with my camera, though the sun was playing peek-a-boo, coming and going, first hiding behind clouds, then magically reappearing in a bright blue sky.

Usually the dominant colors of Autumn are scarlet and russet, but this year the season has been all about gold. Oak leaves, instead of changing to bronze or dark brown, have changed to bright yellow gold. Even maple trees are more gold than red.

Nothing Gold Can Stay
Robert Frost
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

I can never live through October in New England without hearing those lines in my head. I first heard them in college, more than 50 years ago and they stuck there. When I lived far away in a place where leaves do not change, I yearned for gold, for the amber light.

Now, each year I wait for it, plan for it, pray this year we’ll have a long Indian summer. I know the gold will fade into winter, but for these few brief weeks, my world is gold.

Categories: Blogging, Nature, Photography, Poetry, Seasons, Weather, Words, Writing

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

8 replies

  1. Lovely post – and I do love Robert Frost!


  2. Gorgeous colours. Our Autumn is much more subdued. 🙂


    • Believe it or not, this is a pretty subdued Autumn for this region. We haven’t had a really brilliant one since 2007. 2009 was not bad, and 2011 had a few good days. I was really hoeful about this year, but the rain spoiled what might have been a great season. It’s okay, but New England has 2 bad seasons (summer is hot and sticky, and winter, you’re ass deep in snow and ice). Spring is a rarity: we often go straight from Winter to summer with barely a nod at spring. So we count on Fall. It’s OUR season. It would have been nice to have a really good one. Maybe next year.


  3. Awesome photos that definitely captured the essence of this golden Autumn! Robert Frost was just the right icing:>)


  4. Really spectacular stuff given the quirky nature of the skies during your shoot. Glad you got out. Sorry I wasn’t up to going with you. But it was one of those bad days for me. Some movie buffs will suggest your colors look like the 40’s technicolor used by 20th Century Fox. Very bright and effusive. I like it!!


Talk to me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tish Farrell

Writer on the Edge



Light Motifs II

Paula Light's Writing Site | The Classic Edition

Touring My Backyard

Rediscovering Singapore

Our Eyes Open

Come along on an adventure with us!

Travel with me

Travel snapshots from Toonsarah

Thoughts & Theories

My Personal Rants, Ravings, & Ruminations

France & Vincent

Writing Magic, Myth and Mystery

Barb Taub

Writing & Coffee. Especially coffee.

This, That, and The Other

Random musings on life, society, and politics.

Keep it alive

A look at life, achieving good physical and mental health and happiness

Covert Novelist

Light Hearted Mysteries

Salted Caramel

Blogging, Motivation, Lifestyle and much more.

Sarah's Attic Of Treasures

Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am.

Green Screen

The Environmental Movie Podcast

bushboys world

Photos of my world and other stuff I hope you will enjoy too. Photos taken with Canon PowershotSX70HS Photos can be purchased.


Independent views from someone who offers some historical context

My Blog

Just another WordPress.com site

National Day Calendar

Fun, unusual and forgotten designations on our calendar.

Cee's Photo Challenges

Teaching the art of composition for photography.

Trent's World (the Blog)

Random Ramblings and Reviews from Trent P. McDonald

Views from the Edge

To See More Clearly

serial monography: forgottenman's ruminations

wandering discourse, pedantic rant, self-indulgent drivel, languorous polemic, grammarian's bête noire, poesy encroachment approaching bombast, unintended subtext in otherwise intentional context, unorthodox unorthodoxy, self-inflected rodomontade, …

draliman on life

Because sometimes life just makes you stop and think

The English Professor at Large

Posts about old Hollywood, current concerns

Sparks From A Combustible Mind


Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

Welcome to the Anglo Swiss World


Your Source For The Coolest Science Stories

%d bloggers like this: