16 September 2010



Saint Catherine of Alexandria


early 15th century

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

No Spring nor Summer Beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face.
 John Donne


Adele Bloch-Bauer, 1907.

Nue Galerie

The gilding of the Indian summer mellowed the pastures far and wide. 
The russet woods stood ripe to be stripped, but were yet full of leaf. 
The purple of heath-bloom, faded but not withered, tinged the hills...  
Fieldhead gardens bore the seal of gentle decay...

  Charlotte Brontë  

Янтарная комната Yantarnaya komnata 

Екатерининский дворец  Ца́рское Село





The Pyncheon Elm, throughout its great circumference, was all alive, and full of the morning sun and a sweet-tempered little breeze, which lingered within this verdant sphere, and set a thousand leafty

 tongues a-whispering all at once. This ages tree appeared to have suffered nothing from the gale.

 It has kept its boughs unshattered, and its full complement of leaves, and the whole in perfect verdure,except a single branch, that, by the earlier change with which the elm-tree sometimes prophesies the autumn,had been transmuted to bright gold.       Nathaniel Hawthorne


gold leaf duchesse satin

fall 2010



Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus

Madonna & Child

Russian Icon

19th century





How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. 

John Burroughs  


Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha 

c. 563 BCE - 623 BCE 

Wat Pho

I, a light canoe will build me... that shall float upon the river,
like a yellow leaf of autumn, like a yellow water lily!


  1. Very beautiful. The word gilded always seems so lovely to me.

  2. As Siddhartha laid on his right side, head facing west, he uttered his last words, "all things pass away. Strive on."

  3. You cannot go past a touch of gold! These are beautiful

  4. Love golden pools of light, particularly in autumn and winter. Love the Klimt. What a storied past that portrait has. Triumph comes to mind.



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