Autumn: A Colorful Beginning

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

IMG_0073Despite the calendar’s official declaration that a new year starts in January, fall is the season of new beginnings. It may sound odd, but it seems to be the case. This is proven with the start of a new school year for students, the launching of new television programs, and another Holiday season starts to rush upon us.

It can be said that fall heralds a major change. Just as spring brings forth life over the months of March, April, and May, fall closes the life cycle for many organisms around us. The fall season is also a time to appreciate the respite from the heat of summer, and to reflect upon the seasons that passed us by.

In the days of the wild frontier fall was used to prepare for the winter, and this is (most likely) why the academic calendar starts and stops when it does. But times have changed.

In today’s world, Hollywood views the fall as an opportunity to provide entertainment for people as they huddle in their homes because we are more willing to engage with mindless entertainment that TV offers.IMG_0056

Historically fall kicks off the Holiday season with Halloween or another type of celebration of the dead. I doubt it is a coincidence that as life appears to be waning in anticipation of winter; cultures around the world honor the fallen during this time of year. Once the ritual of honoring the dead is complete. We look forward to various religious Holidays and the goodwill that they bring.

With all that said, I like fall for a simpler reason. Autumn is a profound season because as the flora slows to a halt in expectation of winter. Nature leaves us a remarkable kaleidoscope of its handiwork.

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/schoolyear1.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Saints%27_Day

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallowe%27en

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