The Colors

Corrales Bosque Preserve trails

Cottonwood leaves flash bright yellow in the fall. The colors are stunning and beautiful. But have you ever taken a close look at those yellowing leaves? While they are their brightest, the leaves are soft and velvety. Sensuous to the touch as a kitten or a newborn’s head. As they continue to turn, the yellow fades, the softness fades. A brittle brown leaf ready to nourish the earth below it is released to do its work.

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on “the colors” or on some topic suggested by the photo.


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

5 thoughts on “The Colors”

  1. An amber sea in a glass and a dancing candle light in the corner. Leafs falling slowly to the ground. The ones that nobody knows, because their life is gone in the wind of the night. Still, witnessed in the dark by the one who waits for the moon to become a perfect round. Because full moon is the only night when the autumn shines as silver, and the only way you can hear the earth singing.

  2. Blue punctuates through
    A rolling tide of yellows and greens
    Defying gravity, azure among amber
    And below, the ground awaits
    An unwitting recipient of death
    To create life again, an arboreal phoenix
    Footsteps and tires trace through
    And accelerate nature along
    Its cycle of winters and springs
    And light the only constant
    Life from death it ever brings

  3. The colors of fall have always fascinated me. That’s why it’s my favorite season of the year. It’s the time of the year where nature shows off its most splendid display of yellow, oranges and reds. One of my favorite bushes in the burning bush with its bright red color that comes alive once the weather starts to get cooler. Driving through tree-lined roads is like entering a technicolor tunnel. It’s breathtaking!

  4. When you take a walk in the woods, have you ever taken the time to appreciate the immense beauty of the trees? The colors and the texture of their trunks differ. The leaves are different shapes and various shades of green. In summer they protect us from the sun’s hot rays. In winter they shed their leaves to let the sun shine through. Nature is so amazing.

  5. There is a bend in the road, where the avenues suddenly widen out as you enter the headquarters.
    What greets you is a burst of colors.
    On either side of the road, are bougainvilleas of every shade, blossomed in their energetic glory.
    Rust, mauve, bright pink, white, pale orange, and yellow.
    Superimposed on a background of greens.
    Dark and squat of the tropical mango,jamun; pale almost ghostly green of the tall eucalyptuses,
    gossamer glisten of baby peepul; all shades are there.
    Frisky and noisy parrots flit in and out of the branches of fruit laden guava trees, their bright red beaks adding to the early morning gleeful outburst of joyous colors.

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