Our authors’ favorite things about fall: A darkly spotted overcoat and splash of a red scarf

Kristina Wojtaszek, author of the forthcoming novella Opal and contributor to Specter Spectacular: 13 Ghostly Talesdescribes her favorite things about fall:

Every year about this time, my boys and I are startled by the presence of a large bird in the backyard, whom we haven’t seen for half a year. The northern flicker perches on our suet feeder, then pokes about for ants and worms while I lift my little boys up to the window to see. He has fled the coming chill in Canada with plans to trek further south. We, of course, will stay put, but his darkly spotted overcoat and the splash of a red scarf at his neck alert me to the beginning of a new season.

Autumn; that last dance with Mother Nature before the land slumbers. She presses down upon us suddenly, her skirts unfurling, rustling about as blushing leaves drop to her feet and the skies billow darkly about her face — that radiant harvest moon. No longer are the days peaceful and long. An urgency stirs the birds, trees, and thundering skies into a last, wild celebration that causes us to look up, to take notice. Nature will no longer be a silent backdrop to our endless frolicks, but calls us to gather, to take stock of what we’ve done with the year, before settling in to a time of restful wonderment.

The Hindu goddess Sarawati is known as the goddess of autumn, as well as of creativity, knowledge, and curiosity. Two of the symbols she is often portrayed with are books and the inkpot and pen. And that is what I most love about autumn — the very excuse to gaze at nature’s new dress, while tucking myself away to sip some cider, read, contemplate … and write.

Kristina Wojtaszek, World Weaver PressKristina Wojtaszek grew up as a woodland sprite and mermaid, playing around the shores of Lake Michigan. At any given time she could be found with live snakes tangled in her hair and worn out shoes filled with sand. She currently resides in the high desert country of Wyoming with her husband and two small children. She is fascinated by fairy tales and fantasy and her favorite haunts are libraries and cemeteries.

Top image credit: Northern Flicker by Dendroica cerulea

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Posted on September 17, 2012, in fairy tales and folklore, from the authors of WWP, guest blogger, World Weaver Press and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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