Fall Colors

" It was a sensation, of course, of desire; but desire for what? . . . Before I knew what I desired, the desire itself was gone, the whole glimpse withdrawn, the world turned commonplace again, or only stirred by a longing for the longing that had just ceased. It had taken only a moment of time; and in a certain sense everything else that had ever happened to me was insignificant in comparison. The second glimpse came through Squirrel Nutkin; through it only, though I loved all the Beatrix Potter books . . . it administered the shock, it was a trouble. It troubled me with what I can only describe as the Idea of Autumn. It sounds fantastic to say that one can be enamored of a season, but that is something like what happened; and as before, the experience was one of intense desire. And one went back to the book, not to gratify the desire (that was impossible - how can one possess Autumn?) but to reawake it. And in this experience also there was the same surprise and the same sense of incalculable importance. It was something quite different from ordinary life and even from ordinary pleasure; something, as they would now say, 'in another dimension' . . . [it was] an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction. I call it Joy . . . anyone who has experienced it will want it again . . . I doubt whether anyone who has tasted it would ever, if both were in his power, exchange it for all the pleasures in the world."

{ C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy, London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1955, pp.16-18 }

Michigan, 1982 (I showed Judy this picture the first time we met!) / North Carolina, 1984 (taken by Judy during our honeymoon)

Michigan, 1994

Michigan, 1994

Michigan, 1982

North Carolina, 1984

Michigan, 1994

A foretaste of Heaven and true Joy . . . . . . .

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Updated 2 January 1999.