Autumn Miracles

Autumn Leaves by John Everett Millais 1856 *
Has it happened at your house, too?  Children running in with leaves, leaves and more leaves? "Look at this one!  This one has three colors!"

They see it, don't they?

Children should be brought up, too, to perceive that a miracle is not less a miracle because it occurs so constantly and regularly that we call it a law; that sap rises in a tree, that a boy is born with his uncle's eyes, that an answer that we can perceive comes to our serious prayers; these things are not the less miracles because they happen frequently or invariably, and because we have ceased to wonder about them.
-Mason, Vol. 6, p. 148

*John Ruskin said that this painting was "the first instance of a perfectly painted twilight."  Mallais himself said of the painting that he "intended the picture to awaken by its solemnity the deepest religious reflection. I chose the subject of burning leaves as most calculated to produce this feeling." I think it's beautiful.


  1. Yes, beautiful. One of my faves, and in the co op class I had the teenager choose their favorites from a cluster of large paintings, and this was it. And it helped that it was fall. All the feelings indeed come out. It's as if you are part of the March family. God bless.

  2. love this quote :)

    and a perfect application of it too ;)

    amy in peru

  3. I love that painting! I don't think I've ever seen it before. Thank you for sharing it.

  4. What a beautiful painting! Fall is so full of miracles, if only we get outside to see them.

    A few weeks ago, you asked about the fairy ring I mentioned. Well, I posted about it, finally! :)

    We tried to identify the mushrooms, but I'm not sure we were successful.


    Annie Kate

  5. I remember doing just that in my childhood on Long Island, NY ~~ still very green here now
    in the South! Great painting. I had not seen that
    one. Thanks!

  6. I love the quote too.
    I love how the artist could make the leaves and each one their color stand out.

  7. I love this painting... thanks for sharing!