On Searching for Brilliance

A Twist on Fall Color by Jann Alexander © 2014-1875
A Twist on Fall Color by Jann Alexander © 2014

“The gift of an image is that it provides a place to watch your soul.”


During a typical colorless autumn in central Texas, I went in search of fall color at Lost Maples, where the heritage trees were said to produce brilliant persimmon hues. Instead, I found the sad faded colors and muted reflections of downed sycamores, reward enough in themselves. Finding no vivid hues, I focused on this place to watch my soul.

Then the lost maples threw me a twist—in the form of one lost maple leaf, a surprise along a rocky path, with all of the brilliance I’d yearned for.

Lost Maple by Jann Alexander © 2014-1897
Lost Maple by Jann Alexander © 2014

Do unexpected rewards inspire you, too?

Some of the paths I’ve gone down are here at JannAlexander.com. Craving more autumn? Visit the Autumn Travel Theme at Where’s My Backpack?

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6 thoughts on “On Searching for Brilliance

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  1. I love Lost Maples and that whole area! It’s tricky to get to Lost Maples at exactly the right time for the fall colors, though. We’ve been twice and both times we were a bit underwhelmed. I’m glad you were there just right. I love the single leaf on the white stones.


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