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Autumn, Undressed

Bank of the James at Eagle Rock VA

Just beyond this line of mostly small sycamores, the James River runs south–wide and bluff-edged.

In summer, this would have been a very different scene. The leaves that have fallen from the trees now liter the temporary high-water puddles. Light from the  late-afternoon sky and riverbank beyond–and not just the variegated trees of autumn–reflects off the still water.

I miss the leaves for a while. Then I grow accustomed to the trees undressed and a more expansive sense of place you can only know in winter.

And when the leaves come to take over again, I resent it a little as a kind of visual intrusion.

To everything there is a season.

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