The maples are the harbingers of autumn around here, each year. I have been noticing an occasional red leaf on the ground and then last week, this tree, fully blushing. As I continued on the trail I saw that it had already lost a load of leaves. Their falling made a splash of red-orange-gold on the ground below.
Today, September 22, is the equinox, the balance point between summer and autumn, a brief period of equal day and night, equal light and dark, which we won’t have again until spring comes again.
“Fall” is an apt name for this season as we are falling toward winter. The leaves show us the way and do so spectacularly. A beautiful ending to a season of growth.
At the same time the trees are losing their leaves, they are also giving acorns and other nuts toward future growth. They produce more than enough for their own kind to continue, a significantly generous act that will feed many others in their community.
May we find and appreciate the beauty and balance of this season as it falls all around us. We are certainly living through a time when balance often feels absent. A time of extremes and losses.
May we find ways to offer color and nourishment to others, enough to bring us through a darker season.
May we help each other keep the promise of renewal alive in our hearts.
All photos are by the author, taken September 2020