The Beauty of Autumn

Pied Beauty

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.

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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:
                                     Praise Him.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

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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.

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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.

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4 thoughts on “The Beauty of Autumn

  1. Oh my goodness, Father….simply majestic!!!

    Mrs. Trisha Kupsc, P ’05
    Administrative Assistant
    Campus Ministry
    Boston College High School
    150 Morrissey Blvd.
    Boston, MA 02125
    617.474.5172
    617.474.5175 (fax)
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    From: spiritphoto
    Reply-To: spiritphoto
    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 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, “

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    1. Glad you like them. I caught the foliage at its peak.

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  2. 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.

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    1. Thanks, Bob. I’m glad you enjoy them. Hope all is well with you.

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