October • Colors of the Month

“My favorite color is October. “ - Angela Burgin Logan

Wine at Le Meurice

Lately, I have seen this quote on posters, t-shirts, and pillows all over Pinterest. As part of my photo project this year, I have identified featured colors for each month — icy blues in January; rosy pinks and reds in February; fresh shades of green in March; cheerful yellows in April; lovely lavenders and violets in May; pure whites in June; patriotic red, white and blue in July; golden, sunny hues in August; earthy browns in September. But what color is October?

It is one of my favorite months, yet when I imagine a color to represent October, I immediately think of orange — my least favorite color (Read why here). I won’t deny that orange leaves and pumpkins add seasonal charm to October photographs, but I can’t commit to a whole month of orange pictures. So what color is October? Perhaps Anne Shirley described it best: “October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in the aftermaths. Anne reveled in the world of color about her....I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it?" - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Cheers to a brilliant October featuring the loveliest shades of autumn, and yes, even orange!