Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)
Hopkins’ observations of “dappled things” are particularly appropriate at this time of year, when nature dazzles us with colorful beauty. It is a time to be amazed and to give thanks. This week’s images are from a recent trip to the western part of Maine. May you also find images in your own life to inspire, amaze, and appreciate.
My favorite image of the trip. I love birches, especially with the colors of fall. This is the #100 weekly post since I started sharing these images and reflections almost two years ago. Whether you are an occasional or regular viewer, I hope you find a bit of peace and beauty here.
4 thoughts on “The Beauty of Autumn”
Oh my goodness, Fatherâ¦.simply majestic!!!
Mrs. Trisha Kupsc, P ’05
Boston College High School
150 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 10:42 AM
To: “Kupsc, Trisha”
Subject: [New post] The Beauty of Autumn
Fr. Ron Perry, SJ posted: ” Pied Beauty Glory be to God for dappled thingsâ For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and piecedâfold, fallow, “
Glad you like them. I caught the foliage at its peak.
Ron, I enjoy your photos and additions very much. I have gotten into poetry these last few years mainly because of suggestions by retreat directors. I think my favorite is Doxology which you gave me several years ago. However, I find most of the poems of Jessica Powers difficult, like those of Hopkins. Mary Oliver’s poems are a lot easier for me. God bless.
Thanks, Bob. I’m glad you enjoy them. Hope all is well with you.