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Visual Inspiration: Before the Fall

Fall Trees

Yet, every now and then,
when the world sits just right ~
that gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight,
and I see,

a turning of a leaf
dancing in the autumn’s sun,
and a brilliant shade of crimson
glowing when the day is done…

–Hazelmarie Elliott

Happy Monday! Today is our final day of exploring “Inner Peace,” so I selected this lovely quote for today’s Visual Inspiration, because it blends the theme of autumn with the feelings of inner peace, bliss, and delight so perfectly! It certainly describes how my soul feels when I gaze upon the beautiful pageantry of fall colors in the NorthEast (and in Upstate New York, in particular).

This photo was taken last week, on the first day of autumn, minutes before the official start of autumn this year, at 4:44 pm EDT, September 22nd. It was one of the last photos I got to take that day, as I took it just prior to my unfortunate injury. Hence the title, “Before the Fall.” My friend and I had driven to the lake in Downtown Inlet in the Adirondack Mtns — “Fourth Lake,” in the chain of “Fulton Lakes,” to be exact, to celebrate the beginning of the season with a special meditation on the pier. Inlet is a perfect little mountain town, just a little north of Old Forge, where there is no cell phone signal and a population of just 333. A blissful spot to celebrate autumn… before or after a fall…

I hope you enjoy the Visual Inspiration ♥

Autumn Trees

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Wishing you a peaceful, tranquil day!!


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  • Jenny Guest

    So happy to hear you are feeling better. The autumn colours are beautiful here in England too. The words you chose to accompany the picture are perfect. Thank you so much for the beauty you bring to every day. Love Jenny

    • Thank you so much Jenny! I’m happy to hear that you’re enjoying our Daily Soul Retreats! Thanks for being part of our Soulful Living Community!! Love and blessings, Valerie ♥

  • Janet

    Thank you for this beautiful inspiration. I love the title, “Before the Fall.” You needn’t take fall so literally. 🙂

    • Thank you, Janet!! ♥ Valerie