Vintage landscape: November smoke

Burning leaves in Nov., via Library of Congress“Burning the autumn leaves in Norwich, Connecticut,” November 1940, by Jack Delano on Kodachrome color film, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The photo shows “Broadway from the corner of Otis Street, facing toward downtown, with Memorial Park on the right,” according to the Library’s flickr page.

The lustrous foliage, waning
As wanes the morning moon,
Here falling, here refraining,
Outbraves the pride of June
With statelier semblance, feigning
No fear lest death be soon:
As though the woods thus waning
Should wax to meet the moon.

— Algernon Charles Swinburne, from “A Swimmer’s Dream