50 Shades of Fall

Classical mythology offers multiple explanations of the origin of the cornucopia. One of the best-known involves the birth and nurturance of the infant Zeus, who had to be hidden from his devouring father Cronus. In a cave on Mount Ida on the island of Crete, baby Zeus was cared for and protected by a number of divine attendants, including the goat Amalthea ("Nourishing Goddess"), who fed him with her milk. The suckling future king of the gods had unusual abilities and strength, and while playing with his nursemaid accidentally broke off one of her horns, this horn then had the divine power to provide unending nourishment, as the foster mother had to the god.

My interpretation of the cornucopia is one of lush verdure and flora paired with fruits and figs. Autumn is much more than just oranges, burgundys, and brown hues.  In fall, especially in the Northeast the colors are vibrant and rich. There is color in everything living. The hemlock trees seem to be the brightest green of the year and the maple leaves depict a spectrum of color that could be categorized not of this Earth. The nuts that fall from the trees have shades of wood tones including mahogany, cherry and poplar. Long gone are the Thanksgiving centerpieces in a dreary monotone array of chrysanthemums and baker fern.


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