Monday, September 9, 2013

All the Leaves are Brown and the Sky is Gray

Well, not exactly, but this is one of my favorite songs, so I will sing it the rest of the day. The cottonwood leaves have yellowed and are starting to swirl down the fading stream on their way to the river. A few brisk, biting winds have tossed the branches of the aspens around, but they have not yet relinquished their bounty on to the pond. Soon, though. Soon.

Leaves are a transient living in my yard. They came in the spring with bright greens and yellows. They sheltered the robin and her nest, they littered the ground with the passing wild summer winds and they stuck in the velcro hair that is Blu. They curled around the edges of the water and made little boats for passing bugs. They confused the ducks who assumed they were a cornucopia of crackers. They bobbed and weaved about on the miniature white caps that a strong spring storm conjured up.

They clogged the drains and played hide and seek under the truck. They cluttered the porch and hid in the corners of the cabin foundation. The leaves were a living part of daily life no matter what the season. Now, they appear to be packing their leaf bags and heading to wherever leaves go to in the winter. Perhaps, they fly south with the Sandhill cranes. They may hitch a ride with the honking masses of geese that appear overhead. I appear to be in their flight path.

Saying goodbye to summer is not a task that I despise. As an autumn girl, I welcome flying leaves, cranky geese and a buck or two rummaging in the nearly complete harvest of corn. I listen for winter, and I sniff the air for those biting spices of dying leaves.

Leaves are a wondrous creation. They are alive with fire in the fall as they explode with the last living light that is within them. They quietly give up the limb at night when you are sleeping. One day, you come home, and they have left without a trace.

This is the season for leaves. Leaves are proudly displayed in art and design since the minute that someone picked up a stick and drew something on a rock. Leaves are life, and they are rebirth. They represent the passing of time. They are resplendent in these pieces of art that have been created by the Jewelry Creators Unite in Numbers guild.




















I leave you with these magnificent reminders of life.


Julie and Blu


  1. What a poetic ode to leaves! You make me almost smell their Autumny goodness through this post. Love living in the desert, but leaves and a change of season is something I dearly miss. So I'll resign myself to admiring the leafy beauties you have highlighted here. Am thrilled you added my blue lace agate necklace to the others. Thank you! Seamus says Blu needs to roll in the pile of leaves but be careful about bringing in too many attached to his velcro hair (: Also some tasty treats are in order. Thanks again, Julie and Blu! Peace and joy . . . Catherine and Seamus

  2. For me autumn is much welcomed, cooler temperatures and changing leaves. Thank you for including my earrings in this lovely autumn collection.

  3. I really enjoyed the read! I 'saw' it all happening. Autumn is my favorite season also. Fortunately, it is also the longest season in Northern California. Our Winter and Spring are about six weeks each and then Summer and Fall take up the rest of the year. We have lots of deciduous trees here in our region, so we do enjoy a change of color about Thanksgiving, when the nights finally get nippy enough.

    Thank you for including my tribal style necklace. Will share around as usual.

  4. I think you could have another career as a writer! And you found such interesting pieces! Thanks for including my copper leaf earrings. I will share it.

  5. I have a love affair with leaves. They are beautiful

    Love the earrings by Dawn


  6. What a wonderful piece of writing, Julie! (And I like "California Dreamin'" too!) Also, love the items you have used to illustrate it. Very honored you included my bracelet among them. Thank you! And Gonze sends wishes for lots of pre-autumn treats to beautiful Blu. :)

  7. Wonderful inspirations! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Wonderful inspirations! Thanks for sharing!

  9. You have such a way with words, Julie! While reading, I found myself transported to the images you described. Autumn is my favorite season and we are starting to see signs of it here in N. California even though we're having a bit of a hot spell this week.

    Love all of the beautiful renditions of leaves you've featured here. Thank you so much for including my form folded copper leaf earrings; they are in excellent company! Thank you to you too for the sweet comment, Jacki!

  10. This post has a lyrical quality to it: I enjoyed reading it. I am on "aspen watch" again, this time waiting for that glorious explosion of gold. Your selection of leaf-themed jewelry was the perfect ending to a well-crafted story. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Living in Florida now, I do miss autumn's colorful leaves. You've chosen some gorgeous pieces of jewelry for the season.

  12. Wonderful post. I was transported away from this summer weather that we're having into the beautiful colors of fall and then spent some time wondering about them in the winter. There are so many beautiful pieces!

  13. Beautifully written post. I'm a fall and winter girl myself. Love the items you posted as well.

  14. I've always loved the variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and colors found on leaves. Both from plant to plant and on the same plant throughout the year.