Thursday, September 28, 2017

September: Bridge Between Summer and Autumn

on late September walk 2017
Along the river's summer walk,
The withered tufts of asters nod;
And trembles on its arid stalk
the hoar plumb of the golden-rod. 
--John Greeleaf Whittier, American poet (1807-1892)

I don't think I ever really noticed the true colors of September before. If red and green are December's colors and orange and black speak October, I suggest that September claims purple and yellow as her signature. The goldenrod blooming wildly next to purple asters have been beautiful on this month's walks. Interestingly, the colors are complementary, sitting opposite each other on the color wheel. As one source says: combining complementary colors "creates a vivid and energizing effect." I think so!

September: a bridge between summer and autumn, decorated so brightly. What a pretty picture. Maybe we should tuck the colors in our hair and step sprightly across that bridge as we skip into the last quarter of the year? 

What complementary colors stir your energy bank?

"With daffodils mad footnotes for the spring,
And asters purple asterisks for autumn."
 --Conrad Aiken, American writer/poet (1889-1973) 


  1. I'd say red always gets me energized, though not really with another color. You're right about yellow and purple - absolutely makes me think of September!

  2. Peggy, red is my four-year old granddaughter's favorite color so the two of you have something in common :-) And speaking of energy, I could take some from her! Enjoy these last two days of this month and let's hope for some glorious colors in the next!

  3. I do love purple and I love shades of blue. But when I look at nature (and gardens around town in the fall) autumn makes me think of yellow, gold, red, and brown, and I feel a certain coziness.

  4. Elizabeth, your colors do evoke coziness, as in the colors of a nice fire in the fireplace on a cool night. How about some hot chocolate with that? Thanks for stopping in, nice to see you :-)

  5. I'm with Elizabeth~ cozy fall colors~ I'm also a fan of olive green.

    1. Jess, nice to hear from you :-) Olive green is an interesting choice! But I can see it being complementary to all the fall colors as well as being a cozy color. Wishing you well as the autumn unfolds...