Fade into grey

A skateboarder drifts through a vibrant carpet of red leaves scattered across the dark grey of a sidewalk and parking lot asphalt.

A skateboarder drifts through a vibrant carpet of red leaves scattered across the dark grey of a sidewalk and parking lot asphalt. Photo by Jeff Horner.

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A flock of starlings fills a colorless sky while brief remnants of a more colorful season cling to the branches of a nearly bare tree.

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A massive bank of fog advances toward the Spofford Elevators, consuming a landscape of color in its movement.

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Fog and frost bleed color from the world as a lone, warmly bundled figure emerges from the morning mist along a stately line of trees at Pioneer Park.

Finding color is an elusive hunt, as autumn fades to grey and the white of winter approaches.

Cold bleeds color from leaves and grass, depositing a faint blush of red on exposed faces and hands, reminding us that warmth and vibrancy is still there, under the surface and flowing, but moving toward a state of dormancy.

Dropping temperatures.

Fog.

Frost.

Ice and snow.

The constant reminder that this is vacation time for many and a holiday season for the sun.

Mingled with the fade into grey will be the inevitable creation of color to trim the holidays — a festive reintroduction of the missing hues of spring, summer and fall — bright Christmas lights, red and green mixed with bows, ribbons and wrapping paper.

The promise remains that grey, as beautiful as it often is in its own right, is just a temporary thing.

It too will fade.

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