The Last, Loveliest Smile

This slash of scarlet stopped me in my tracks:

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
~John Howard Bryant

The sumac against the goldenrod and golden poplars lifted my soul. The earth sang, the world glowed and I stood transfixed.

These were taken somewhere in the orchards of Oceana. Their glow is a tonic against the gathering gloom of shorter days.


Published by dunelight

5 thoughts on “The Last, Loveliest Smile

    1. That is marvelous. I’ve always loved sumac but in the farmland I grew up in it was a weed. The red seed heads are amazing and at long last people are starting to use them in flower arranging. “Beautiful” I like it!

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