Saturday, October 3, 2015

harvesting the gold












Oh, these Autumn days! These short, sweet, golden days.

I just have to travel to the high mesa to bask in the afterglow of a too-hot summer. The mornings are cooler, the heat builds more slowly in the afternoon. Up here, I am surrounded by the small fire-colors of early fall.

I walk along the rim of the mesa, wander into the forest, and stop to search in the bark of the trees and amidst the fallen needles. As I find and harvest the golden gift, my fingers become sticky with pinon resin. The warm, sweet aroma of the high desert lingers on my skin for days.

And the light.....
The light shatters into diamonds as it fills the forest.

May you all walk in the beauty of the season.

16 comments:

  1. Sticky piñon resin! One of nature's best perfumes. It's truly is a beautiful season right now.

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    1. Isn't it the most beautiful perfume? I just love this time of year and all the amazing things there are to harvest!

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  2. I love to come here and bask in your gorgeous photos! This fall feels so welcome :)

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    1. Thanks, Clare. And I agree, the fall weather has been a long time coming. :)

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  3. you are squeezing every last bit of golden goodness from these beautiful days of transition! it really is a lovely time of year, and we have actually had RAIN for the last two nights! I look forward to lingering colors and healing for the cracked, parched ground, not to mention the season of turning inward and having more time for knitting and reading with fewer hours of daylight to tug me out of doors! makes me happy to see you enjoying this season so!
    xx

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    1. We had RAIN last night! Glorious rain! And I've already pulled out the knitting needles....there's just something about the changing season, the light, the smells, the colors, that makes me want to knit and bake and get out and wander in the wild. xx

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  4. You do have some lovely places to sit and think and create.

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    1. Yes, there are some incredible places out this way. It's such an inspiration to be able to experience it all!

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  5. Aw, the dripping gold sap. I bet you have baggies of it!
    I miss the land with piñon's, Sagey. I miss the chapparel, the trees dotting the desert canyons.
    Sometimes, I feel like saying so long to my prairie, and going to a place like that.
    I'll meet you someday, in your diamond filled forest.
    :)

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    1. You better believe you'll meet me in the diamond pinon forest! Adventure awaits! :)

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  6. Native Americans used the pine resin for medicinal purposes...bad sprain or rheumatism :) Lovely pines!!!

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    1. The pines are so lovely and very giving of their medicine. I am thankful for each and every harvest. :)

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  7. beautiful photos.
    you were on my mind, in my heart, the entire time we were in arizona....

    x

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    1. Thank you, dear heart. I hope your trip to Arizona was just what you needed. There's some beautiful country out that way. xx

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    1. This is a brilliant season! So glad to have you drop by and enjoy the high desert autumn through my photos! xx

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