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Artist's Almanac: September 2013

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'Tis only the brightness of light hideth Thee

- Old Welsh Hymn

September 22nd, right on schedule, things change. Summer's clouds, boiling up from earth's heat into the atmosphere to become thunderstorms, cease. Angry stratocumulus morphs into fluffy cumulus, drifting slow as sheep over an azure pasture. Rain comes now, not a violent storm, but a sodden gray day moving with a cool front. Lighting bugs disappear: katydids go silent. Summer ends. Autumn begins.


 


 

Soybeans ripen now towards harvest.

Liriope and begonias flourish until they are dug up and replaced by winter-proof pansies.

The first leaves fall onto the patio, where we doze in our chair like an old cat,
enjoying the sun's warmth.

Mark's market features the fruits of September – sweet corn, melons, red and green tomatoes, plump purple eggplants, okra, butternut squash and honey.

We give thanks for the brave light of autumn, the last harvest of summer and that we live in Tennessee, with its menu of seasons and lights, in the valley of the stream the Indians once called Warioto - beautiful river.

 


    
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Bill Puryear, Artist
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