Autumn is Nature’s Super-Nova
It lingers in the cool, crisp air. Time is suspended, a breathless anticipation from valley to alpine meadow to craggy mountain ridge. The land’s apparel slowly changes from green to brown, saffron red, yellow and gold. It is nature’s finale – an explosive display of color that ignites our senses and seems to proclaim: “look at me, this is my dance before the long, dark, cold days of winter.”
We are seized by the pause, the expectation. We are drawn into the dance. We want to feel it, breathe it, make these days ours and hold them close to our hearts. We gather thoughts and partake in autumn’s harvest — hunting, fishing, berry picking. There are chores to prepare for winter, but we pause often to glance up at the waning sun that now reclines ever lower in the sky. With autumn’s darkening skies we might soon gaze upon nature’s celestial light show – the aurora borealis. We treasure these days. It seems the land’s perennial transformation is nature’s way of showing us how very special it is. And in doing so, we are made to feel special.
Frank E. Baker is a freelance writer and ECHO News team member who lives in Eagle River with his wife Rebekah, a retired Birchwood ABC school teacher. To reach Frank, email: [email protected]