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golden rain under the lime avenues

October 12, 2010

The avenues of ancient lime trees are turning colour now, from green to yellow gold. Every slight breeze brings a soft shower of great golden drops from the trees, turning and twinkling in the sun.

Standing under the branches, the trees still seem green in the lowering Autumn sunshine:

but there is a tawny carpet underfoot,

and the drive is spattered with gold.

I am reminded of Danae, impregnated by a shower of gold: Zeus in one of his more ingenious disguises. (Her legend is a gift for artists who want an excuse to paint a swooning female nude. Google her and you will see how many of them over the centuries have found it strangely necessary to do so.) All we have to worry about with our showers of golden leaves, however, is sweeping them off the drive.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2010 8:00 pm

    Always loved the Greek myths, what a great comparison.

  2. Deb permalink
    October 12, 2010 8:52 pm

    This is the peak of foliage season here in Massachusetts, with orange, gold, and red covering our hills. I love it when I get to see that one last leaf come swirling down from a tree. Every day now is different from the one before – in contrast to the bleak winter days when one day seems just like so many before and to come.

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      October 12, 2010 9:22 pm

      One of these days I would love to come and do some ‘leaf peeping’ in New England! Our Autumn colours are very muted this year. Perhaps they will brighten up if we get some sharp frosts soon, otherwise it will be too late. But yes, I agree with you on the changing colours of the fall of the year. Even November has colour, with smudgy purple of birch branches and old heather on the hills, and a few yellow leaves left. It’s the beginning of the new year which can seem interminable in its bleakness.

  3. October 13, 2010 8:10 am

    stunning photos.

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      October 14, 2010 3:41 pm

      Thank you. I was looking at all your lovely eco-things for babies – wish I’d known about you when mine were tinies!

  4. October 20, 2010 4:11 pm

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