Editorials

Season of splendor

BY BOB SIMPSON

Fall color on the N.C. State University campus next to Reynolds Coliseum on Nov. 17, 2014.
Fall color on the N.C. State University campus next to Reynolds Coliseum on Nov. 17, 2014. cseward@newsobserver.com

To walk within the beauty of October is to share in the incomparable splendor that comes with the onset of nature’s annual waltz of falling leaves.

October’s arrival brings reminders of change. On land the trees turn red and gold and along the ocean shore the tropical unrest of hurricane season rumbles within the rising surf.

It’s a season that sings with solemn voices, the melancholy calling of the wild goose winging across nighttime skies, the lonesome owl’s hoot in the night and the whoosh of wind that brings a spray of swirling leaves. Birch trees are the first to shed, their tawny dew-wet leaves covering the ground like golden coins spilled from nature’s treasury.

October brings 31 days and nights of rain and sun, of shortening days and a harvest of color. Mushrooms and pumpkins glow beneath the brilliant blue of the autumn sky. Summer sinks below the horizon and all the shades of a tropical lagoon merge into the pewter grays of the drifting fog and mists of rain-washed November.

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