This autumn — this particular year, and with the particular combination of weather patterns that have caused a late change in the foliage to collide with the first snow of the season — has been absolutely ravishing to the senses! I simply have to share the beauty with you here. So indulge me, dear friends, as I attempt to transport you for a few moment to the stunning Castle Creek Valley near Aspen, Colorado. I promise you won’t be disappointed. (At least I hope you won’t!)
I often liken Westbury to a treehouse because the sheer number of windows looking out on the mature aspen grove gives the feeling of being perched in the trees. This time of year, it can feel like the leaves are changing minute by minute. It’s quite extraordinary to witness.
It’s hard to capture with words, but the magic of the autumn light, and the colors that are surrounding us just now, are soothing to the soul. Nature’s effect on us spiritually is a source of intrigue for me. And I am endlessly inspired, artistically, by what I see in the natural world. Beauty, both in nature and the manmade, gives me great joy in life.
Waking up to a fresh backdrop of white against the golds and greens was both rare and magical. Studying the sea of yellow throughout the valley, I am reminded about the uniqueness of the aspen trees themselves. They grow in large clonal colonies derived from a single seedling. Talk about power in nature! One little seedling is responsible for all of this? It’s hard to fathom, yet right in front of us it is not abstract.
As many before me have spoken about nature so eloquently, I feel compelled to share a few of my favorite quotes about nature and autumn. I believe in them 100%.
“Choose only one master—Nature.” —Rembrandt
“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” —Claude Monet
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” —George Eliot
“Autumn is a second spring with every leaf a flower.” —Albert Camus
“Nature is the art of God.” —Dante
And I sign off with this final piece of brilliant advice from Frank Lloyd Wright: “Study nature. Love nature. Stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” How true. How true.
P.S. I’d love to hear some of your favorite quotes about nature. Please share them with me in the comments, if you’re inspired!