Ithaca, N.Y. — Zac Peterson took 106 photographs of autumn in Ithaca to help The Ithaca Voice usher in the fall season, which officially began on Tuesday.

We narrowed that list down to 43 and republished them here.

Helping us annotate the images are the words of William Blake, the 18th Century poet and engraver.

From Blake’s “To Autumn” … published in 1783

 “O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain’d

With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit

Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest,”

“And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.”

“The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;

“Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and

Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust’ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather’d clouds strew flowers round her head.”

“The spirits of the air live in the smells

Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round

The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.”

“Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat,
Then rose, girded himself, and o’er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load….


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.