"O suns and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather."
First stanza of October's Bright Blue Weather by Helen Hunt Jackson.
My dad often recited this in October. I'm sure it must have been one of the recital pieces he learned as a child. Learning such poems was common when he was in elementary school and schools presented programs for the parents. There are eight stanzas in the poem, all of which paint pictures of October.
Below are some other photos of October.
The three photos above were taken by Tom in our backyard.
This was taken by Phil at Brukner Nature Center while walking the Brukner Butterfly Transit.
I mowed and mulched after posting this blog. That's when I noticed the sky was truly bright blue today. I stopped mowing and mulching long enough to get my camera and take the photo above.
The last stanza of Helen Hunt Jackson's poem...
O sun and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October's bright blue weather.