Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Wild Geese and Poplars, 1956; watercolor on paper, 39 x 26 1/2 inches; Private Collection
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals,September 19, 1914
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Noticing how a noble row of poplars were becoming yellow leaved, I thought they were changing for autumn. Twinkling yellow against the sky. The morning breeze sent a wave of yellow twinkle against the dappled sun-barred east. Almost instantly I saw that other poplars were unchanged, and then I saw horrible girdles close to the ground. I winced as with bodily pain. Almost constantly leaves were falling, not just jarred by the breeze. They were in tears I doubt not as they fell heavily straight downward. Ground underneath yellow-speckled. Leaf-dotted ground. Leave lawns.
Charles Burchfield, September 19, 1914