Dawn Wink: Dewdrops

Landscape, Language, Teaching, Wildness, Beauty, Imagination

A World of Octobers, Fall in Santa Fe


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

― L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

While every season has a particular beauty, fall in Santa Fe carries its own special magic. Vibrant shades of red, gold, yellow, citrine, and every color of the spectrum between blanket the mountains, as the aspens celebrate the end of summer with a grand finale. This mosaic of changing colors of the leaves on the mountains felt the essence of my exploration of language, landscape, wildness, beauty, and imagination. Spicy, pungent scents of roasting chiles float from open lots throughout the state as chiles tumble over open flames in grated roasters. When we smell roasting chile in the air, we know fall has arrived in the Southwest.

While the shifting colors of the seasons may feel familiar under our feet, for most of us little else does in this uncertain landscape and time of Fall 2020. We hoped the pandemic would ebb with summer and by fall the flow of life might return to more familiar terrain. Instead, the world often feels ever-more uncertain and holds a future we cannot foresee. I read recently that reading the headlines is now referred to as “doom scrolling.” It is in light of this uncertainty that I offer here a bit of beauty for your day. While we remain active and engaged in often difficult times and challenges, a bit of beauty here to fill the spirit and the soul as we move forward. I hope you enjoy the textures and shifting clouds of color of Aspen Peak above Santa Fe and a stroll the Plaza.

Harbinger of fall in New Mexico—(sexy comma) the scent of roasting green chiles lifts and lingers in the air and fresh chile ristras hang from trucks and will soon adorn gates, doors, and portales.

@Luke Wink-Moran

@Luke Wink-Moran

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.”~Elizabeth Lawrence

“I had no idea,” said my dear friend who took her first trip to see the changing colors. “Mountains dipped in gold.” Here she saw the heart of the mountain in the trees.

Heart of the Mountain, ©Jeannine Kamman-Soon

“It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!” ~Winnie the Pooh

“And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves.” ~Virginia Woolf

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” ~Lauren Destefano

The Plaza, Santa Fe, NM ©Luke Wink-Moran

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” ~John Burrows

Sunflowers and Russian Sage blowing in our backyard.

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.”~Shira Tamir

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM ©Luke Wink-Moran

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” ~Stanley Horowitz

“Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha” Estella Loretto, Artist is honored to share genuine spirit of Kateri embracing Kindness, Forgiveness, Love, Compassion, and Joyful Peace ©Luke Wink-Moran

“I loved Autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.” ~Lee Maynard

First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe ©Luke Wink-Moran

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe ©Luke Wink-Moran

“Another fall, another turned page…” ~Wallace Stegner

©Luke Wink-Moran

“And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and autumn was awakened.” ~Raquel Franco

“Autumn is as joyful and sweet as an untimely end.” ~Remy de Gourton

©Luke Wink-Moran

Central Plaza, New Mexico – Indigenous Peoples Day (Formerly Columbus Day)

@Luke Wink-Moran

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” ~Victoria Erickson

©Luke Wink-Moran

Look closely…RIP RBG.

RIP RBG ©Luke Wink-Moran

©Luke Wink-Moran

Coyotes singing one morning as I go out for a run. Turn up the volume.

“The heart of autumn must have broken here, and poured its treasure upon the leaves.” ~Charlotte Bates

©Luke Wink-Moran

“Go, sit upon the lofty hill, And turn your eyes around, Where waving woods and waters wild Do hymn an autumn sound. The summer sun is faint on them— The summer flowers depart— Sit still— as all transform’d to stone, Except your musing heart.” ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Here a tiny posey of late-blooming cosmos from our garden.

I hope that we all might remember to take time to “sit upon a lofty hill,” even if that is just at our own desk and focusing on a bit of beauty.

Our musing hearts need this.

Especially now.





A extra special thank you and hug to Jeannine Kamman-Soon, who wrote to me of the “mountains dipped in gold” and allowed me to share her exquisite Heart of the Mountain photo.

And to Luke, who donned his mask and went to take these gorgeous photos of Santa Fe in fall, because his mom asked if he might.

Much love!




Author: Dawn Wink

Dawn Wink is a writer and educator whose work explores language, landscape, wildness, beauty, and imagination.

28 thoughts on “A World of Octobers, Fall in Santa Fe

  1. Dear Dawn,
    Do I remember that your Dad is from Moville? Yes, yes, yes! We were in the same class…all 17 of us….both graduating in 1962. He was, and I know, still is, a prince of a man. Have appreciated following his and your Mother’s journey through Facebook, etc. I hope he is doing well, and of course, the same wish for your Mother and you in your health issues. My parents lived on a farm outside of Moville, and all of us seven siblings were born there. Moville is still HOME to me. I find myself saying, the only place I want to go on my yearly vacation is HOME. How wonderful to have such a bond with the land of our births. Thank you for taking the time to write and connect with me. It really meant so much to me, and you warm my heart. Much love to you and blessings for you and your beautiful family. xoxo Rhoda (Hulse) Thomas Harpur

    • Dear Rhoda,
      Oh, I LOVE this! Well of course you and Daddy were in the same class—all 17 of you! 🙂 Yes, Daddy still is a prince of a man. I can vouch for that. All of those health issues are in the past now. So very grateful to know of your deep, shared roots! Thank you so very much for taking the time to write of our connection.
      Here’s to our continued root-filled shared journey!
      Much love to you and yours,

  2. Thank you once again. It’s been a sensational fall here as well.
    And we have hardly left our yard …………………….albeit it’s a big yard.
    Dear Dawn you should come to Durango and visit sometime when all the Covid craziness is over.
    That would be a true treat for me.
    connie durand


    • Dear Connie, oh, I bet Durango IS simply stunning in the Fall! I can just visualize how gorgeous the colors must be with all of those trees—and all different kinds of trees, if I remember correctly!
      How love to have your yard to enjoy all.
      Connie, I would very much love to see you once all of this Covid craziness is over. That would be a blessing to connect.
      Much love,

  3. I never see such beautiful blog, pictures, and words as you! You inspired me to write more, thank you.

  4. Great photos and words to go with them!

  5. Dearest Dawn, I could almost feel the fresh air ! Thank you for this blessing.
    I love you!

  6. Dear Dawn, Thank you for sharing the beauty of Santa Fe with those of us who live in Arizona. Your words and the quotes made the pictures even more meaningful. Luke did a stupendous work of love with his photos. Thank you to him also! I have been in Santa Fe one time, and each year, when my brother (from Moville….now Iowa City…) comes to spend the winter with us, we say we want to take him to New Mexico, truly the Land of Enchantment, so he can see what we loved seeing. I did have a hard time deciding which was more beautiful in the second picture….YOU or the background. But only hesitated for a moment. You won! A beautiful picture of a beautiful lady! Hugs and blessings to you and yours, dear Dawn. Rhoda Thomas Harpur

    • Dear Rhoda,
      This is all so beautiful! Thank you so very much for taking the time to write. So grateful to share the beauty of Santa Fe with you in my beloved Arizona! Your brother is from Moville? You know that’s where my dad grew up, right? Lovely connection! Thanks ever so much for your generosity of spirit—I do think the background shines through!
      What a gift to receive your letter. Thank you and thank you!
      Love and hugs,

  7. Thank you, Dawn. Indeed, these gorgeous, soothing colors and fabrics is just what we need as an antidote to grim, grey times…

  8. I love your words about the changing of the seasons. It a magical time of the year that goes by too fast. Now we await the snow that will make us wish we had taken more time to enjoy the colors of fall. Tell Luke that his pictures are wonderful! He has a photographer’s eye and should explore that unknown field. Love you!!

    • Dear Diane, oh, I love all here. I know snow has hit the ranch, so must be arriving to you soon. I will absolutely tell Luke about his photos. Aren’t they just grand? I agree about his photographer’s eye!
      So much love to you,

  9. So beautiful Dawn. Must confess I didn’t know that Sante Fe had this kind of landscape or Fall colors!

  10. What a wonderful feast you have given us, dear Dawn! Thank you. XOXO

  11. Hi Dawn, I just loved this post. I had no idea of how beautiful fall colours are where you live. Such beauty all around. This is the wonder of the created world: that natural beauty exists everywhere even if it is manifested differently based on geographical location. Endless variations of the sublime act of creation, which we interpret through our art, writing, photography. Thank you for sharing all these elements on your blog. Emanuel

    • Emanuel, thanks ever so much for connecting on this natural beauty. Your own work reflects such beauty and I enjoy so much. Very grateful to share all here. Aren’t the colors here glorious in the fall? “Endless variations of the sublime act of creation, which we interpret through our art, writing, photography.” So beautifully expressed.
      Thanks so much,

  12. Thank you so much for sharing! I haven’t been downtown in forever, so thank you for “bringing me” there! Here is my picture from my Atalaya run last week…nearly killed me, but I got a nice photo!

    On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 9:23 AM Dawn Wink: Dewdrops wrote:

    > Dawn Wink posted: ” “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are > Octobers.” ― L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables While every season has > a particular beauty, fall in Santa Fe carries its own special magic. > Vibrant shades of red, gold, yellow, citrine, and every co” >

  13. I so enjoy your messages Dawn. Wish I could sit and have a cup of tea with you.
    We have snow here in Sundance and a serious storm on the way that will bring 8 to 10 inches to our part of the world BUT it is a beautiful landscape dressed in its winter coat and ice-laden trees. Wishing you and yours joy.

    • Dear Pat, oh how I’d love to sit and share a cup of tea together! I can just feel us there. Thank you so very much for that vision.
      Snow in Sundance! Yes, we have on the ranch, as well, and expect that big storm. “Landscape dressed in its winter coat and ice-laden trees.”
      Miss and love you, Pat!

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