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Fall.  It has come early.  I bask in cool breezes, comforting after Summer’s heat, but knowing, also, that Winter will too soon chase its way in.  This mountain between Middle Canyon and Pine Canyon in the Oquirrh range of the Rockies sports the yellow leaves of Quaking Aspen trees, the reds of Gambel Oaks, and the evergreen Junipers, Pines, and Spruces.  I snapped this picture from the roof of City Hall, knowing I might need forgiveness after failing to ask permission–I just couldn’t resist.  Note the white “T” plastered on the mountain, for Tooele (too-i’-la) high school.


Fall has become
in my advancing years
a sweet season
sending forth
a settling sense
of things slowing down
preparing to rest
under white blankets
that warm and moisten
against year’s end.
Nights are cool
and days are sunny and cool.
Rows of dry corn
sheaves rasp each other
in the evening air.
Geese wave
a noisy farewell
overhead on their way away.
Greens melt
to candy yellows and reds
smelling earthy sweet
drifting down to become
the richness in the soil
where sleeping segos and tapertips
wait for Spring.

2 thoughts on “Fall

  1. Harv Russell

    This is the first time I have been here on line for quite some time , and am quite delighted to see one of my most favorite scenes which is “T” Mountain …I don’t know if they are still doing it now but in my day many , many moons ago it was our mid-May ritual for all the Seniors just before school let out to go up and whitewash the “T” . What a time that was !
    You may already know this , but in the picture to the far right with the Autumn leaves is the hollow that is known as Coyotee Hollow and it was rightly named that because the grove of
    Aspens had the shape of a coyote with it’s head raised back and its mouth opened in a long howl . Also nearly at the top of the peak just to the right of it was a prominent “13” which was very visible . Back in the mid 1900’s there was a beer joint that sat just kitty-corner north across the highway from the original Maverik gas station by the name of Club 13… named so because when passing by it… the 13 on the mountain was in plain view just over the roof top.
    Are these images still identifiable ? Or is it all overgrown by now?

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