Lepus © Copyright Karen Davis. All rights reserved.
For many years I have loved Wiltshire-based artist Karen Davis's magical blog, Moonlight and Hares. She has kindly given me permission to share one of her pieces on the quietude of early autumn. You can find Karen's artwork,
including prints of Lepus (one of her Starlight Hares), on her Etsy site.
'Autumn always seems more peaceful somehow. Is it because things are winding down, giving in, getting tired, in preparation for winter's first touch of icy fingers? Things shine brighter in autumn: berries, dew covered apples, colours of changing leaves. There is more contrast; the skies seem bluer than blue against the blood red of the hawthorn berries.
Behind that peaceful exterior though is a busyness. Harvesting and storing quickly before the last of the runner beans wither, toughen and dry up. Before we hear the weatherman on our radios and televisions announce that temperatures will drop to a ground frost, while Jupiter shines in the fading year’s sky. I hear the slow ticking of Mother nature's clock, steady like a heart beat. Creatures stock up and indulge in extra sunny days before the big sleep, preparing and looking for possible places to spend those long cold months. A spider's web - a lace curtain in fairyland - catches the morning's sunlight sparkles.
Darkness comes early now. Time to restock the log pile, ring the chimney sweep, light the candles and buy those new slippers you've had your eye on. For some it will be their very first taste of autumn. A first taste of blackberries and first sharp smell of cold and frost in the air.'
© Karen Davis, www.moonlightandhares.blogspot.com, 18 September 2010