Archive for Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Editorial: Fabulous fall

Amid all the frustrating issues that are in the news, take some time to appreciate the beauty of a Kansas autumn.

October 8, 2013


Hang onto your Pollyanna antidote. This could be one of THOSE commentaries!

If you’re looking for lamentations about football, or scorn for Congress, or advice about immigration and voting laws or health care, or critiques related to Kansas University, the city or the county, pros and cons of free speech, punditry about sequesters and the full faith and credit of the United States — wait, or go back to previous issues of the Journal-World.

This is a celebration of Kansas at one of its finest times: The fall. It’s about the wonderful weekend weather that seemed to usher in the season after a sometimes curious and untimely summer that left August greener than at any time in recent memory.

It’s about temperatures that dipped into the 40s and surely prompted many to put an extra blanket on the bed or perhaps even to turn on the furnace and run the heater in the car.

It’s a paean to the fluffy white clouds that punctuated deep blue skies and winds that made native grasses, heading out in all their glory, wave and dance as if beckoning joyfully for us to join in.

Sidewalks, lawns and streets are getting a taste of the annual load of leaves that soon will be deposited — once those trees that are just now beginning to show their colors have blossomed into the gorgeous fullness of their annual reds, oranges, bronzes and yellows.

Already, here and there, a burning bush is teasing us with the beauty that is to come, and the sumac is dazzling in the sunlight.

While the Knock Out roses luxuriate in the cool temperatures and recent moisture, mums and other fall flowers push their way onto the landscape and vie for attention.

Lawns remain green but require watering — and mowing — less frequently.

It’s a marvelous time of year in Kansas. If only all those who have influence on the issues and frustrations of the day would similarly show themselves at their best, and we could shed the throes of life and numerous disputations at this turning of the season.


elliottaw 4 years, 8 months ago

The leaves don't change color here they just fall off in mass, you want a pretty fall head to the mountians of Colorado or the east coast.

bevy 4 years, 8 months ago

Obviously you haven't experienced a real Kansas autumn. Open your eyes!

elliottaw 4 years, 8 months ago

I have lived here 7 years, plenty of Autumns. The leaves don't change here very much at all, they go from green, to light green to brown on 90% of the trees. Spend a fall in the mountians, or Maine if you really want to be amazed.

MarcoPogo 4 years, 8 months ago

The sky is blue. Water is wet. Gravity happens. Bratwursts are good. Death and taxes. (There, have some fun.)

kernal 4 years, 8 months ago

elliottaw, I don't know what part of Lawrence you frequent, but there are a lot of trees in town with the same hues as trees in ME and CO, except for the birches as we don't have the climate for them. The reds, yellows and oranges are beautiful some years depending on the amount of moisture and the temps we've had before the season begins. Hope you'll catch some of them one year.

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