Sunday, November 21, 2010

A season of thanksgiving








Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863
"It has seemed to me fit and proper that (God's gifts) should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens...to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens."
On this first day of Thanksgiving week, I need no reminder beyond a look outside my window to know that I have much to be thankful for.  I'm at a loss to describe the beauty of the fall landscape in my part of eastern North Carolina.  The colors are more vivid this year than any fall in my memory.  As the saying goes "a picture is worth a thousand words"  and so I will let my pictures speak for me.









As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world. ~Terri Guillemets

Wishing each of you a blessed Thanksgiving.

 (The Raleigh News & Observer explained the science behind this year's vivid fall color a few days ago, and Donna at Garden Walk Garden Talk had a great post about leaf color last week as well. )  I'm linking to the 2010 Fall Color Project at The Home Garden.   Click on over to Dave's blog for great fall color from all over the world.

13 comments:

debra said...

Breathtaking beauty!

Bernie said...

Wonderful photos for your Thanksgiving Day post. For someone who lives on the other side of the world in a spot where these sights never happen, your photos are a fantastic sight.

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Simply stunning. Thank you for posting Lincoln's proclamation. I just read it to my husband and we decided we would read it aloud on Thanksgiving before everyone shares the blessings in life they are most thanksful for. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

sweetbay said...

The fall colors positively glow in your garden. We haven't had a spectacular year here in Johnston County, although I know that parts of NC and VA are having stellar years.

carolynsshadegardens said...

I love your Thanksgiving post. I never realized Lincoln started it all. Fall has been more beautiful than ever here too in suburban Philadelphia. My son goes to Elon University near you. Love the Raleigh area. Carolyn

Diane said...

Wonderful photographs! Having just returned from a trip to your beautiful State (Jacksonville and Wilmington), I can attest to the beauty of the fall you so brilliantly captured.

Thanks for sharing!

Rosey said...

You certainly captured the essence of fall with these foliage shots!
Rosey

Karen said...

Fall is so beautiful in your area, and you have captured such amazing pictures to share with us. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Dave said...

Ginny,

You have some great fall color this year! The maples are stunning. Is that a sassafras I see? Ours turned more reddish. I really like that fence photo! Thanks for joining in the Fall Color Project!

Alistair said...

The autumn shades in your garden are spectacular,in Scotland we have also been blessed with similar conditions this season. It is very comforting to see how in your part of the world you have held on to your spiritual side. Seems we have lost our way in Scotland. I am adding pictures of blotanical members gardens to my site, perhaps you may wish to have a look at my site.Keep up the good work. Alistair. www.aberdeengardening.co.uk

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It is beautiful there! I feel like our fall color didn't last very long. I love the blue chairs by the picket fence!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Patsi said...

Lovely view from your window.
Happy Thanksgiving.

beth said...

lucky you to still have leaves on the trees....most of ours are gone...a few stray ones fight to stay attached...but winter is here....and that snow can stay north of us forever if it wants to.....

do you live in raleigh ?
have we talked about this before ?
that i used to live in cary.....