My sister and husband on a recent trip to the Blue Mountains.

Autumn and winter.  The colors, the quiet, the cold.  These are my seasons. Up in the Blue Mountains, it feels like a hush has fallen as the cauldron of earth alchemy quietly brews.  As we move deeper into the dark season, I find myself spending a portion of each day in still silence, open and attuned to the cauldron's magic.  

I've mentioned it before, but I can't express how good Emergence Magazine is. If you haven't read it, set aside a few hours because once you start you will want to read everything available.   Yet another beautiful essay is Dwelling on Earth by Jay Griffiths.  You can listen to it (read by the author) or read it in long form on their website here.  
by mlekoshi