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Poetry Sunday-Fall Colors





 Fall Colors



Flowers pale, but color remains

The sky’s on fire all through the gray.

Orange, yellow, red dominate the surrounds

High in the trees and low on the ground.

While fall rolls along, it soon will all fade

Back to brown and the rich shades of clay.



 © Donna Donabella 2012




Autumn (or Fall as it is sometimes called) in the northeast United States is quite beautiful.  Something to be celebrated.  So as Fall begins to move through my garden and the surrounding area, I am showcasing it with some of my favorite poems I wrote a few years ago.



I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

fall colors collage

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  


I am joining in another wonderful meme at  A Spirit of Simplicity.  It is called Tuesday Afternoon where Kara celebrates a nice slow day in a busy week.  Check out her blog and the meme on Tuesday.



If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 






Special Note:  The pictures here were taken at one of my favorite spots to observe Autumn, Beaver Lake Nature Center.  These were taken in 2010.  Soon these colors will be showing themselves again.



I leave you with a few additional words about Fall Colors.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

fall colors

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. September 20, 2015    

    Love, love, love that autumnal firework display.

    • September 23, 2015    

      Isn’t it amazing. I do hope it will be beautiful this year.

  2. September 20, 2015    

    Breathtaking view of autumn leaves, and the reflection!

  3. September 20, 2015    

    I love the play on colours falling..they may fall and change but always there is colour – thankfully – and as I skipped through this with made me feel like i was in a magical forest were all colour is both welcomed and embraced because it means we can still see it and enjoy it – if we choose

    • September 26, 2015    

      I am so pleased that you really enjoyed this Jae. I feel like the trees in fall are in a magical forest…..

  4. X X
    September 20, 2015    

    I was sitting on the porch yesterday as dinner was grilling, looking around and noticed the first fringes of color change on the trees. There was one tree that was spotted with brilliant reds and oranges. I thought perhaps we had a new fruit tree the changed leaves were so vibrant. We are having a bit of an indian summer. It was 94 yesterday. I so look forward to the relief of cooler weather. Nice use of color to tell the tale in your verse.

    • September 26, 2015    

      Thanks X. It did cool down here and oh it is has been wonderful!

  5. September 20, 2015    

    “Flowers pale, but color remains”’the poetry of the earth is never dead’…..beautiful Donna…

    • September 26, 2015    

      Indeed Sumana…the earth gives us its own poetry.

  6. September 20, 2015    

    Yes, we have to enjoy the colors while they last, even though they may not be the colors of summer. It will be such a short time until there is only tan and grey…and then, horrors, white. You have a way, with these words, of making us truly appreciate the beauty of the present season!

    • September 26, 2015    

      Thanks so much Mary! I do so appreciate each season for its own wonderful aspects.

  7. September 20, 2015    

    Imagine living with that view everyday from this side of the lake. A poem to do that justice. I can never resist saying how fabulous this blog is without fail. The work and heart you pour into it always shows. Thank you.

    • September 26, 2015    

      You are too kind Stepheny….I agree that view of fall on Beaver Lake is amazing.

  8. September 20, 2015    

    It’s gorgeous Donna, beautiful colors and textures of Autumn.

    I was wondering if it had reached you so soon, good to know that you have a bit of breathing room still.


    • September 26, 2015    

      It has been slow to show Jen, but we are getting a bigger cool down soon.

  9. September 20, 2015    

    The ever so familiar brownish gold colors are showing. It appears so kaleidoscopic blending with the remnants of green!


    • September 26, 2015    

      It does look like a kaleidoscopic Hank! I like that idea of the mixing of colors.

  10. September 20, 2015    

    it’s true.. autumn is a great painter 🙂

    • September 26, 2015    

      A wonderful way to look at it…love that thought.

  11. September 20, 2015    

    Such GLORIOUS photos. Our colors havent started to turn yet, but soon they will. I love fall’s display of color so much. I enjoyed your poem and, especially, the photos. Sigh.

    • September 26, 2015    

      Thanks Sherry…the leaves are beginning and I am happy to let them slowly turn.

  12. ZQ ZQ
    September 20, 2015    

    Beautiful as usual 🙂

    • September 26, 2015    

      I am pleased that you enjoyed it! 🙂

  13. September 20, 2015    

    You have painted such a vivid and beautiful image of Autumn.. one of my favorite seasons 😀
    Beautifully executed!

    Lots of love,

    • September 26, 2015    

      Lovely kind words…thanks Sanaa!

  14. September 20, 2015    

    Fall is just starting to show her colors here, it will probably be a couple of more weeks until there is a full array of brilliant hues. That picture is lovely. The warmth of autumn truly shows.

    • September 26, 2015    

      Yes autumn is such a warm vivid season!

  15. September 20, 2015    

    Oh yes seasons come and seasons go but the lure remains

    Sunday smiles
    Much love…

  16. September 20, 2015    

    “The sky’s on the fire” – I love that! Beautiful picture you found. Sometimes colors changing not too fast…I used to love to chase them from the park to another park…

    • September 26, 2015    

      Yes a perfect picture showing the sky on fire! Glad you liked it.

  17. September 20, 2015    

    We don’t see colors like that where I live. So I’m grateful for this post. The poem and the photos are beautiful.

  18. September 20, 2015    

    Love the fall colours…

    • September 26, 2015    

      They are splendid aren’t they!

  19. September 21, 2015    

    Such a sweet poem to accompany your beautiful images here : )

  20. September 21, 2015    

    you made me excited with those pictures, Donna.
    Ah – can’t wait for autumn. I’ll sing with you as we wait for the next season.

    • September 26, 2015    

      Oh thanks totomai! I appreciate you being part of the chorus.

  21. September 21, 2015    

    Happy Autumn Donna, Lovely fall images, the colors are just gorgeous. It is still green around here, just a few colors here and there. I am in no hurry for fall to come and go. It is a beautiful time of the year. I love your poem and images. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

    • September 26, 2015    

      Thanks Eileen….I am happy to let fall come in slowly and stay awhile. Enjoy your slow fall.

  22. September 21, 2015    

    gorgeous colors, both in photo and words.
    i was just back from ZQ’s blog and you guys just made me wished i can have your seasons over here. right now outside my window, the night sky is a shade of rusty red, but in the morning all i will see is a veil of grey, from the smoke and haze drifting in from forest fires in a neighboring country.

    • September 26, 2015    

      Oh that is too bad about the gray…happy to share our fall with you!

  23. September 21, 2015    

    Oh my goodness, how beautiful. The perfect fall photo!

    • September 26, 2015    

      One of those once in a lifetime shots! 🙂

  24. September 21, 2015    

    Some of my favorite things: Fall color, Reflections, and beautiful words. Have an extra special week.

    • September 26, 2015    

      I hope you are well and enjoying fall Snap!

  25. September 21, 2015    

    Wonderful pictures and beautiful poetry! I love the colors of fall too, so I soak myself in them while they last.

    • September 26, 2015    

      I agree let’s soak up those colors.

  26. September 21, 2015    

    What a beautiful photo! The colors are vivid and the reflection and scenery is breathtaking! Thank you!

    • September 26, 2015    

      Thanks Cathy…isn’t nature amazing!

  27. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    September 21, 2015    

    This is a wonderful capture of word and picture.

    • September 26, 2015    

      So pleased you enjoyed the post Kerry!

  28. September 21, 2015    

    I like the reference to clay – good description for the colour but also resonates with earth to earth – fabulous scene too

    • September 26, 2015    

      Thanks Laura….yes the use of clay was deliberate as it all turns to brown and white here eventually.

  29. September 21, 2015    

    wonderful pics and yes sometimes a simple narrative displays the initial innocence of summer to fall color transition


    • September 26, 2015    

      You are too kind…thanks so much!

  30. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    September 21, 2015    

    Donna, the photo with the reflection of autumnal trees is awesome. We’re starting to get some colour, especially since the nights are cooler now. I love this time of year.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • September 26, 2015    

      I expect as it cools even more next week, we should see more color here.

  31. September 21, 2015    

    Autumn, she sure knows how to come and go in style!


  32. September 21, 2015    

    Lovely share!

  33. September 22, 2015    

    Absolutely beautiful. Oh my goodness, both words and picture. I am in New England and fall is the most beautiful season here. Our trees are not so colorful yet but they are getting there. My favorite time of year. thank you for joining with us at Tuesday Afternoon.

    • September 26, 2015    

      We indeed are lucky here to get such beauty in fall!

  34. September 22, 2015    

    “The rich shades of clay” is a great phrase.

  35. September 22, 2015    

    I love fall….except for allergies. The runny noise, the watery eyes, and the blowing of the nose. Still my favorite is yet to come, winter is the king of all seasons, decked in crystals, total transformation…end of the year! Anticipation of the new year to come.

    • September 26, 2015    

      Many people do not like winter, but it such an amazing season.

  36. September 22, 2015    

    I love Autumn, too, and look forward to the color explosion and crunchy walks and cooler nights
    and afternoons gentle enough to walk black dogs at noon:) That is happiness, in my book.
    I hope you enjoy these last long sweet sips from your garden, friend:)

    • September 26, 2015    

      Thanks Jennifer…I am soaking it up daily…

  37. Karen S. Karen S.
    September 22, 2015    

    Absolutely stunning views. Your first photo I’m not sure which I enjoy most, the real thing or the reflection!

    • September 26, 2015    

      I couldn’t believe how amazing the lake and trees were that day!

  38. September 23, 2015    

    Beautiful Donna…some of our favorite places are changing due to the ash borer…even here…. Michelle

  39. September 27, 2015    

    And THIS is why Autumn is my favorite time of the year. OF COURSE. But then, I grew up in Michigan…up north, in other words…and can totally relate. It’s beautiful here in the Netherlands, too, thankfully. Otherwise I’m afraid I’d be way too homesick. 🙂

    Thanks, Donna, as always, for sharing your world there.

    • September 27, 2015    

      I know what you mean Ginnie. When I was living in AZ going to graduate school, I did get homesick for the 4 seasons and especially seeing so much green in summer and then the colors of fall. Big reason I moved back here.

  40. September 28, 2015    

    I love the reflections in your photos, what a display of vibrant colors.

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