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From the October 2013 Conservationist

View of a long lake in the distance with fall foliage in the foreground

Celebrating Autumn

--through the photography of Bill Banaszewski

A view down a dock over an Adirondack lake with mountains in the distance

" ... Already, by the first of September, I had seen two or three small maples turned scarlet across the pond, beneath where the white stems of three aspens diverged, at the point of a promontory, next the water. Ah, many a tale their color told! And gradually from week to week the character of each tree came out ... Each morning the manager of this gallery substituted some new picture, distinguished by more brilliant or harmonious coloring, for the old upon the walls ... "
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden

A waterfall seen through orange and yellow fall foliage

" ... It is a soothing employment, on one of those fine days in the fall when all the warmth of the sun is fully appreciated, to sit on a stump on such a height as this, overlooking the pond, and study the dimpling circles which are incessantly inscribed on its otherwise invisible surface amid the reflected skies and trees. ... Nothing so fair, so pure, and at the same time so large, as a lake, perchance, lies on the surface of the earth. Sky water.... "
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden

A paved road on the shore of a lake with trees along both sides of the road
A road through a forest with fall colors

"Thou comest, Autumn, heralded by the rain,
With banners, by great gales incessant fanned ... "
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Autumn"

A stone chapel surrounded by trees with fall color
Blue above foliage of yellow, orange and green-leaved trees

" ... Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst ... "
-Robert Frost, "October"

Photo: Bill Banaszewski