The Last Smiles of the Year Upon The Tawny Leaves

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness–that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.”

-Jane Austen – Persuasion


For my best friend, who could not share the walk with me, yet was near to me all the way…


The pathway around Strahl Lake in Brown County State Park

One thought on “The Last Smiles of the Year Upon The Tawny Leaves

  1. I can almost feel myself walking across this bridge, the bridge itself is so beautiful and you can feel yourself looking up through the trees and hear the crackling of leaves under your feet, looking up through the branches to the blue skies, such fantastic colors of Fall, so many hues, just wonderful, I look at this picture and can hear my mother telling me of all the colors of Autumn when I was a young child, ever since I’ve wanted to visit Maine to see what she saw and Rhode Island to see where she grew up on Thames St. She is gone now but her stories of back east live on in my mind and heart. Thank you for capturing such beauty and sharing it. Got an idea, maybe there’s a share site, i.e., hostels, ?? where someone like me can solo it to Maine and go to this place and just relish in the colors of Fall in the East. I have my work cut out. It seems taking a train would be best if not driving, just to grab all the colors. Wow, breathtaking thoughts. Amazing what one photo can do.

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