The crisp in the air, the spotted gourds, the harvest pumpkins, the flint corn and the bales of hay: things I love about the final quarter of the year. In the northeast, especially in New York, we feel the four seasons quite distinctly. Although I might be pretty isolated from expansive farmland, we Brooklynites still feel the harvest season in special ways.
The sunday farmer’s market carries arugula, apples, chard, chestnuts and Crispin apples (my husband’s favorite – juicy and tart). Sweater weather also brings the best layering fashions. I am a sucker for heavy-knits. Finally, the leaves! In Carroll Gardens, I happen to be pretty close to some of the trees planted in the Million Trees Project, a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs over the next decade. The foliage on my street is astounding! I also happen to have a 70 year old dogwood tree in my backyard.
The various shades of the deciduous trees and shrubs on my walk to work range from fire-engine reds, to a crimson brick, to cornmeal yellow, sunset oranges, tyrian purple, and worn-leather brown. The tones are inspiring.
- Leaf Print Shirt by Christophe Lemaire
- Falling Leaves Necklace by J.Crew
- Special Fit Harvest Sunglasses in Crazy Tort by Karen Walker
- Frappa Pillow by Crate and Barrel
- Votive Set in Dark Rum, Vetiver and Tobacco by Malin + Goetz
- Leaf Suede Chukka Boot 69 CA in Ruby Wine by Vans
- Fall for Autumn hat by Wooden Ships
- Pearl Branch Earrings by Shaun Leane
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus
Botanists and scientist know a lot about this yearly phenomenon. As the trees are ridding themselves of chlorophyll and reabsorbing it along with other nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous to store them for the winter, they also suddenly begin to expend energy creating anthocyanin. Chlorophyll normally masks the yellow pigments known as xanthophylls and the orange pigments called carotenoids — both visible when the green chlorophyll is gone. We understand the chemical changes of the colors, but plenty of questions still remain to as to ‘why’.