Weekly Scribblings #90: October
Ochre leaves flutter,
Together, a mosaic
Ode to the
Beauty of summer’s death,
Russet, gold, and umber.
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|Autumn bouquet - the vase is a new thrift store find, the little animal is a bird (his flat bird tail shows on the inside).|
The title, Feuille-morte, literally translates to "dead leaf," but also is a color. As Merriam-Webster explains it, feuille-morte is
: a brownish orange that is deeper and slightly redder than leather, yellower and deeper than spice, and yellower and deeper than gold pheasant
Which about covers any autumn leaf color, doesn't it? A brownish orange, redder than this,yellower than that, and yellower than... a gold pheasant?
I think John Locke but it best.
"To make a countryman understand what feuille-morte colour signifies, it may suffice to tell him, it is the colour of withered leaves in autumn"
— John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, 1690