Every year, it seems, we assure ourselves that Autumn will be as colorful as the year before–our memory clearly remembering the rich Fall colors of years past. With such a dry, hot Summer of 2016, the theory was there’d be no color to witness this Fall. Thankfully, that didn’t happen! We think you’ll agree, this year, Autumn in Central New York has surely outdone itself what with its brilliant and long-lasting shades of red, red-orange, orange and golden yellow–even shades of mauve dressing the leaves of certain trees!
In fact, many of Central New York’s old, towering trees, some with their trunks draped in red kudzu, make for beautiful canopies along local byways and highways. Their striking colors, comforting in their familiarity, seem as warm as blankets! This feeling is delightfully described in Sally Lloyd’s (Cazenovia 2010) haiku:
Autumn rolls out quilts along Route 20 . . . Yellows reds, golds warm our hearts
These last several days of October can be felt in this picturesque haiku by William Padgett (New Woodstock, 2008):
Crisp Autumn sunshine Shadows stretch while dry leaves dance Warm scarf pulled tightly
Frequent Syracuse Poster Project haiku contributor, Bethaida Gonzalez (Syracuse 2014) and former Syracuse University Illustration Student, Anna Ellis, combined their love of Autumn in this charming poster from our 2015 series.
Autumn winds comfort / spreading scents of the season / like an ocean breeze
Joan Loveridge-Sanbonmatsu’s (Syracuse 2005) haiku adds another colorful dimension to the beauty of Autumn:
Sea oats shimmer gold in October’s dimming light waves in Autumn wind
And, from Peggy Liuzzi (Syracuse 2010), a somewhat nostalgic perspective of Autumn:
I miss you most when the Autumn skyway sings with the calls of wild geese
Autumn–it is a season of color, earthy smells and the rustling sounds of leaves flying. What is your favorite sensory experience of this season? We’ve chosen only a few of the many beautiful haiku we have in our archives about Fall to share with you here–write us your thoughts in the comments below and we’ll share them in the next blog.