“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.”

If you have been outside since autumn officially began in mid-September, these Oscar Wilde words will be all too real.

Across the valley, aspen leaves are turning from bright green to golden yellow, mingling with the dark green of the pines as the mountains and their fresh accumulation of snow.

To kick off the colorful season the News&Guide team has snapped some photos and gathered some quotes that are sure to get you in the mood, no matter what fall means to you, whether it be warm beverages, sweater weather, jumping in piles of leaves or spending time in nature before winter comes.

“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

“Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this, their only chance to soar.”

— Delia Owens, “Where the Crawdads Sing”

“I loved autumn, the season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.”

— Lee Maynard

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

— Albert Camus

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”

— Emily Brontë, “Fall, Leaves, Fall”

“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, “Pooh’s Grand Adventure”

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

— L.M. Montgomery, “Anne of Green Gables”

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns.”

— George Eliot

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

— Stanley Horowitz

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.”

— Nathaniel Hawthorne

“As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see.”

— Vincent Van Gogh

“October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Autumn”

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

— Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”

“I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one.”

— Linus, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”

— Sarah Addison Allen, “First Frost”

“Steam rising underneath a canopy of whispering, changing aspens; starlight in the clear, dark night, and wondrous beauty in every direction. If only all could feel this way, to be so captured and enthralled with autumn.”

— Donna Lynn Hope

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