Romancing Autumn

City Lifestyle Photographers and a Somerset Hills Musician Celebrate the Season Through Their Art

The Somerset Hills has an abundance of artists, writers, poets and musicians. In the spirit of celebrating the creativity of our area, Somerset Hills City Lifestyle invited our photographers to share some of their favorite fall images from the region. We also asked local musician Billy Webster for a poem that commemorates the emotions of this special time of year.


Summer Sets, Fall Rises

Every season is a promise made 

A wish fulfilled

Hope springs eternal

As extended limbs reach

Into the embracing abyss

Of summer nights

Only now it relaxes its grip

Unclenches its fist

Ripening into wisdom

And falling gently back to earth

Electric with color and shadow

A quiet beauty as powerful as any storm

Summer’s green reign is ending

A pregnant pause before the leap

Into vibrant rebirth, red and gold

These hills ring out with phoenix cries

Rising from the ashes of maples and oaks

The fertile ground of being

Twilight fades into autumn evening

And all through the night grows silently near 

The familiar spirit of comfort and rest

A fresh reminder on crisp mornings

That the deep sleep of coming winter

Will break forth into infinite possibilities

Billy Webster is a musician based in Chester and the former Executive Director of Music in the Somerset Hills. Listen to his music at BillySongs.com. View the photography of Donna Gioia Volpe at DonnaGioiaVolpe.com, Julianne Reynolds at RomanskiFilms.com and David R. Surks/Creative Eye Photography on Instagram at SurksPhoto.

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