Gems of Many Hues

The game of picking up maple leaves in our

yard during Autumn is an enjoyable activity.

Memories of growing up in Massachusetts. 

Our mother helped us preserve the leaves

by ironing them between sheets of wax paper.

We hung these found gems in our windows and

pretended they were stained glass windows.   

They provided us with hours of entertainment.

As we gazed at our snow-covered yard in

December, we still had the Autumn memories.

Sometimes we brought these artistic

compositions to school for show and tell.

Our gems had wonderful colors:  amber,

burnt sienna, brick red, chestnut, Venetian red,

Vermillion, golden ochre, sepia, and orange

to name a few of Mother Nature’s offerings.

Just like a big box of crayons. Many hues.

Cooler days of Autumn provide the backdrop

for pumpkins, creative Halloween costumes

and house decorations. Enjoy the season!





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28 Responses to Gems of Many Hues

  1. Love this, Mary Ann! C💛 collecting and ironing colorful leaves between sheets of waxed paper is still a tradition in our family and one I shared with students too… 🍁🍂 Have an awesome October! xoxoxo

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  2. Emily says:

    Gorgeous photos!! Such a lovely time of year. Very nice blog post!

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  3. I liked your colorful words.

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  4. Tom says:

    I hope you’re enjoying the Autumn season! Festive colors from nature. I liked the part about ironing the leaves.

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    • Tom, thank you for the lovely comment. Do you remember when you used to iron leaves between wax paper? Perhaps in school you did that. We have a typical rainy Autumn day with temperatures in the mid-40s. Leaves are also coming down and covering the lawn with a multi-colored blanket. Pumpkin time is upon us! Be well. Enjoy the week.


  5. Mabel Kwong says:

    Beautiful autumn leaves in your neighbourhood. Also lovely to hear you took a few, ironed and turn them into art at home. It reminds me of the times when I was younger, I would pick up bright red and orange autumn leaves and press them in between pages in a book – and they doubled up as a book mark. They actually lasted for such a long time.

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