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Late Fall Mood Board and Inspiration

It’s always a bit melancholy to see the Halloween festivities end.

It’s a departure from the carefree, come as you are celebrations that start in summer, and the start of the more formal holidays that start in late fall and usher in winter.

The impending colder temperatures drive us out of free spaces such as parks, hiking trails and beaches, and into places with price tags, cafes, restaurants, theaters and shopping malls.

So along with a late Fall mood board, I have Ernest Dowson’s poem Autumnal, bemoaning the end of October, and Taylor Swifts song All Too Well, which charts a relationship that starts in Autumn and ends months later with the first winter snowfall.


Pale amber sunlight falls across
The reddening October trees,
That hardly sway before a breeze
As soft as summer: summer’s loss
Seems little, dear! on days like these.

Let misty autumn be our part!
The twilight of the year is sweet:
Where shadow and the darkness meet
Our love, a twilight of the heart
Eludes a little time’s deceit.

Are we not better and at home
In dreamful Autumn, we who deem
No harvest joy is worth a dream?
A little while and night shall come,
A little while, then, let us dream.

Beyond the pearled horizons lie
Winter and night: awaiting these
We garner this poor hour of ease,
Until love turn from us and die
Beneath the drear November trees.

Ernest Dowson, The Poems and Prose of Ernest Dowson

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