Colorado Autumns

Photo by Kurt James of Midnight Wind Photography

Colorado Autumns – As I have grown older I have never lost my wonder of the four seasons that we experience in my native state of Colorado. I enjoy all four of the seasons, but autumn is my favorite. There is a part of me that will always want to walk amongst the autumn leaves as they glide back and forth in their bid to find their final resting place before the first snow. It is the harmony of the season that appeals to me, not too hot and not too cold. You can smell the wood smoke from the chimneys in the neighborhood as the kids and dogs play hide and seek using the red, gold, orange and brown leaves as cover. I feel sorry for those that do not take the time to look to the west at a Colorado autumn with its orange and red sunset in all its grandeur in the chilled night air. The coldness of the air seems to draw the colors out and make them more exquisite and pleasing to the eye. I do not believe I would be happy in a world without Octobers.

Photo by Kurt James of Midnight Wind Photography

Colorado Autumns
More than half a century Colorado autumns I have seen,
Never once has autumn in October to me ever been routine.
As a child autumn was always my favorite time of year,
Those colorful months before winter kicked into high gear.
Chilled air and leaves falling almost silent in the path I walk,
End of summer – start of winter – the seasons interlock.
Mountains and valleys – autumn leaves are now aflame,
As a misty chilled autumn breeze lays its rightful claim.
Rivers and streams – flowing water crisp and clear,
Sounds of the autumn tree whispers breathe upon my ear.
Days become shorter, the nights become longer,
Cool autumn breeze gets stronger and stronger.
Elk coats become prime – when developing their winter thick,
As ole’ man winter extinguishes autumns candle wick.
As I walk the path of autumn life of fifty plus years,
Behind me – almost silent autumn leaves makes it disappear.
By Kurt James

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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt James naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt James has become one of Colorado's prominent nature photographer's through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for Hubpages and Creative Exiles with the article's focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L'amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt's natural ability as a story teller. Kurt James "Rocky Mountain" historical fiction series of 3 books that provide western adventure of the early days of the Rocky Mountain frontier and his newly released "Thoughts and Poetry of a Wandering Man" - the (Uniquely Colorado edition) are available in print and download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is currently working on his 4th historical fiction novel "The Keegan Trail" which is set for release in December 2017.
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Kurt James

Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt James naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt James has become one of Colorado's prominent nature photographer's through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for Hubpages and Creative Exiles with the article's focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L'amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt's natural ability as a story teller. Kurt James "Rocky Mountain" historical fiction series of 3 books that provide western adventure of the early days of the Rocky Mountain frontier and his newly released "Thoughts and Poetry of a Wandering Man" - the (Uniquely Colorado edition) are available in print and download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is currently working on his 4th historical fiction novel "The Keegan Trail" which is set for release in December 2017.

10 thoughts on “Colorado Autumns

  • September 10, 2017 at 8:29 PM
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    Oh, how I love autumn! We take leisurely drives up through the Sierras this time of year and it is so beautiful. Where I live there is every kinds of trees that turn to gorgeous colors in October. I love to walk around the community and take photos. Your memoir and poem is so nostalgic and pleasing, Kurt. Thanks for sharing your autumn.

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    • September 11, 2017 at 2:26 AM
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      Thank you Phyllis for stopping by my Colorado Autumn…

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  • September 10, 2017 at 9:55 PM
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    I nice reflection of nature’s Autumn beauty, filled with imagery and the wonder of seasons. Cheers!

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    • September 11, 2017 at 2:27 AM
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      Here in Colorado Tony our autumn is just a short month away from the finest photograph in the world, or so I like to think..lol… thanks for stopping by.

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    • September 12, 2017 at 3:39 AM
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      Thank you for stopping by Rasma – always look forward to your comments.

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  • September 12, 2017 at 12:58 PM
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    Beautiful piece Kurt. Keep describing that rich history. Just lovely.

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    • September 12, 2017 at 4:37 PM
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      Thank you Paul for stopping by…

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  • September 13, 2017 at 1:03 PM
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    You sir took your palette, brush and oils and painted a beautiful Colorado Autumn. Next to summer, my favorite season. I love to walk in the woods, feel the crunching leaves under my boots, listen to the birds, insects and smaller animal chatter, as I walk along in meditation. There is a crispness in the air, I can feel it go to my lungs and almost acts as a cleanser to them, removing the city toxins I breathe. Your Colorado Autumn resounded beautifully to my ear. Bravo.

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  • September 13, 2017 at 6:35 PM
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    Thanks Vincent – not sure if you are a NFL football fan – Here in Colorado during the autumn everyone lives for the Denver Broncos … autumn also is “Bronco Time”. lol

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