Saturday 13 October 2012

Autumn Song along the Venetian Lagoon
Viennese Escapes: Italian Days

To Autumn
by William Blake

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stainèd
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou may'st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

`The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust'ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather'd clouds strew flowers round her head.

The spirits of the air live on the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.'
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat;
Then rose, girded himself, and o'er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load.

Photographs by Merisi
along the Venetian Lagoon
22 September 2009

When I was not concentrating
on capturing the autumnal light
of wild mirabelles
in the thicket of woods along the shores,
I enjoyed the view over the Venetian Lagoon,
towards Torcello and Burano,
with Venice itself hiding beyond
in the mid-morning mist.

I feasted
on a handful of these wild plums
and lived to tell the tale!

R e p o s t


  1. Great

  2. I've never seen mirabelles 'in the wild' before but I've had a liquor made from them. I don't know, but it might have been about 150 proof telling by how drunk I got from it. I lived to tell the tale, too!
    Catherine xx

  3. Mirabelles....they are so great!
    Wonderful views!!!

  4. What luscious photos - they capture the miracle that is autumn.

  5. I can smell it all, from here I am having breakfast in Linda's flat in Paris :-)
    Happy autumn Merisi.

  6. Das sind soooo zauberhafte Bilder ... der Herbst von seiner schönsten, duftenden Seite!!!

    ganz liebe, sonnige Herbstsonntagsgrüße


  7. A lovely post Merisi! Those fruits look yummaceous! I should think there is a lot of wildlife around the lagoon, too!

  8. Each fruit looks as it is glowing with all the light of summer stored within! Beautiful, Merisi!

  9. Always such a treat to catch up on your posts, Merisi. The play of light and the luscious colours in these close-ups are just fabulous. Love the reflections in the water at Schonbrunn too. You are lucky to be close to so much beauty - though having said that, it is your eye for the beauty in your surroundings that is the crucial ingredient. Thank you for these treats!

  10. Mirabelles.. I've never heard of them before (except for Montreal's foreign flights' airport). They look yummy!

  11. they look so tasty on your pictures! Greetings!

  12. La saison rêvée pour les mélancoliques ... Merci pour ce très beau texte. Bon week end.

  13. Beautiful words and a delightful, delicious post for the day, Merisi!! What a lovely start for my weekend!! And I hope you have a great weekend as well!

  14. Lovely plums. Oh how I wish there was a tree in my garden with these beauties hanging there.

  15. Wonderful memories of sweet and wild mirabelles in Torcello!
    Lovely post !
    Good day to you, Meresy !

  16. Gorgeous mirabelles!
    you must go to Nancy to see what they do with this little fruits. A myriad array of tasty treats!

  17. They are all wonderful captures of great things.

  18. Thank you for your kind comments. I always delight reading them!


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