reprieve from chilling winds
blossoms steal the rainbow from the sky
sunlit canopy and cool breezes
aging leaves dignify the landscape
respite from oppressive heat
June 7, 2017 ~ Diamante
© 2017 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved
The poem itself was written in the middle of summer’s heat, but this photo was taken on the second day of autumn, which happened to be refreshingly cool for Florida. At first I was impressed by the one leaf on the sugar maple tree that dared to be different, then I zoomed out a bit and filled the background with the taller tree that was already hailing the coming of winter in complete unison.
Yes, in our part of Florida, we actually get all four seasons, which is quite nice. Spring and autumn are more drawn out than what I was accustomed to further north, and it is a definite perk to living down here. Our winter is tame, and I like it that way, but it does get cold enough (below freezing at night) to call it “winter,” although snow in these parts is rare and limited to flurries that never quite make it all the way to the ground. My daughter misses the snow, but soon she will sprout her wings and be free to fly back to the land of white stuff if she so pleases.
As for that one leaf that dared to be different… it was gone by the day’s end. It had already fallen to the ground. I couldn’t believe how quickly it came and went. People are like that, you know. Did you ever stop to think about the leaves on the ground, how some of them are brown while others are red, or orange, or yellow—and some are still green? Why is it that some leaves fall before their time? Or do they? Do not all things happen for a purpose? Do not all things happen in their own time?
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8,11 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace…. He has made everything beautiful in His time.
Photo taken in Milton, FL, 2017