The Colors of Autumn

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I have always found Autumn the most invigorating part of the year. The cooler weather and shorter days wake something in me that makes me want to strive for more, and to enjoy the beauty around me. Perhaps the fall reminds me that all things change, grow, and ultimately, age and die. Morbid, but motivating.

Sadly, I don’t get to experience the vibrant colors of the changing foliage where I live, here things go just slightly drab, no dramatic changes to enjoy (now spring and summer are another story…) But happily there are plenty of beautiful photographs that capture the beauty of the fall. Here are a few wallpapers to get you in the mood.

The Colors of Autumn

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fog

gateway

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leaves

leaf

skyward

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More about the season:

In the Northern Hemisphere, Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter.

The word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French), and was later normalized to the original Latin word autumnus. There are rare examples of its use as early as the 12th century, but it became common by the 16th century.

Association with the transition from warm to cold weather, and its related status as the season of the primary harvest, has dominated its themes and popular images. In Western cultures, personifications of autumn are usually pretty, well-fed females adorned with fruits, vegetables and grains that ripen at this time.

Many cultures feature autumnal harvest festivals. Still extant echoes of these celebrations are found in the autumn Thanksgiving holiday of the United States and Canada.

The predominant mood of these autumnal celebrations is a gladness for the fruits of the earth mixed with a certain melancholy linked to the imminent arrival of harsh weather.

While most foods are harvested during the autumn, foods particularly associated with the season include pumpkins (which are integral parts of both Thanksgiving and Halloween) and apples, which are used to make the seasonal beverage apple cider.

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