King Midas in Northampton

One day the big twin-trunked tree in the back yard was covered with bright green leaves. Then the very next day when I awoke, or so it it seemed, King Midas had come by in the night and touched it, because there it was, glittering with October’s gold:

October's Gold

October at its best and brightest is the month of blue and gold. Here is some blue:

October Blue

A brave and beautiful prelude we’re having to November’s too-hasty farewell to autumn!

(King Midas, in the ancient Greek myth, was blessed — and cursed — by being granted the power  to turn everything he touched to gold. Which was swell as long as he stuck to pots and pans and household furniture, but turned to disaster when he tried to eat breakfast, for example. Solid gold oatmeal — no way! And then his little daughter rushed to him and hugged him — Does the story end there? No, but you’ll have to travel elsewhere to find out if there was a happy ending to this tale of wisdom overcome by greed and avarice —)

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20 Responses to King Midas in Northampton

  1. coastalcrone says:

    Oh, a real fall with blue skies! We have the blue but not the gold. Enjoy it while it lasts and King Midas has done his magic!

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  2. the yellows of Autumn are so incredible, aren’t they? Especially in the early morning sunlight.

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  3. We are so grateful to be here enjoying these glorious colors. Your tree is most beautiful!

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  4. Isn’t it fabulous! These are gorgeous!

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  5. Madhu says:

    Gorgeous golds Judith. I much prefer this to the blingy metal. Enjoy it while it lasts 🙂

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      Which is not for very long, I think! I’m glad I grabbed those photos while the grabbing was good. Today is wind and occasional hard rains, and here come the leaves shoaling down —

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  6. It’s my favourite time of year. Yesterday, we had almost like a rain storm, so much of the leaves will probably be gone now.

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  7. Fall is always so lovely. I miss not living in NC anymore as the foliage was so spectacular. The trees in Idaho do put on a show, but not like they do on the East coast.

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      AFter a dreary gray rainy start, today gathered up its forces and managed some sun by afternoon. The colors on the mountains came alive! (Of course they’re not exactly mountains, compared to the West. But they’re what we’ve got.)

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  8. Jen Payne says:

    King Midas has arrived in Connecticut, too, in that same overnight, stealthful sort of way. Suddenly – bright reds and oranges and golds against a chilly autumn sky. Breathtaking!

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  9. Patti Kuche says:

    Nothing as exotic down this way yet . . . Love your catch of gold with the blue!

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  10. 2e0mca says:

    Such glorious colors Judith. Aren’t you glad that they don’t turn to real gold when you touch them – far better to be poor and enjoy the visual wealth 🙂

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      In fact I do love gold, in jewelry and fabulously wrought objects (none of which I will ever own) — but at least have the brains to recognize exactly the truth you’re pointing out!
      🙂

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