The color, Orange, is alive and well in Central New York. Visually beautiful, Orange is the height of the season this year. Shades of Orange–from Yellow-Orange to Red-Orange, light Orange to deep, nearly Brown-Orange–still dress many trees here. But look around, and you will see blankets of Orange covering wooded stands of near-naked trees, carpeting front lawns and backyards, raked high on neighborhood curbs, stuck in the tangle of low, fading bushes, crowded into window-well corners, plugging up gutters. Drive in the howling rain and Orange comes slapping at your windshield and paints the roadway slick!
Bright Orange Pumpkins have been a smash hit this year, too–no pun intended! Add to this their colorful family members, Gourds and Squashes, we now have a lush harvest, too. Syracuse Poster Project haiku contributor, Jean Somlo (DeWitt 2014), affirms this plenteous season of Orange with her evocative poem:
Farmer’s bounty here Colorful and succulent Cooks delight tonight
Meanwhile, up on the Syracuse University Hill and all along the Orange Corridor, the color Orange dominates playing fields aplenty! Frequent Syracuse Poster Project haiku contributor, Paul Goat Allen (Camillus), adeptly wraps it up with his rich 2001 haiku:
autumn’s golden shine harvest, sweet corn and football the orange city
What better way to celebrate the season of Orange than with this splendid haiku poster from our 2015 collection. The poet: Christopher Caskey (Sicklerville 2011) and the artist: former Syracuse University Illustration Student, Rob Byers now a freelance illustrator and designer.
Leaves raked–a mile high. Young ones dive, imagining football field of glory.
What inspires you as Autumn leaves fall? What connotations does the color Orange instill in you? Write your thoughts in a haiku and add it to the comments below. We’ll publish your haiku here on our blog!