Thursday, October 4, 2012
Can you believe it's October? We're in the 4th quarter! The year is winding down! How did we get here so fast?
Sometime in September, the morning light changes. Just like that. I am always amazed when it happens! One day the sun is rising in a certain place and the next day the sun is rising in a different place. The angle and color of the light changes. The sun is rising later and setting sooner. The sunrise time is so late now that by the time I get home from my early morning walks, the sky is just barely beginning to brighten. I miss those sunrises!
Down here, in my neck of the woods, we don't get the brilliant display of color that fall brings most of the rest of the northern hemisphere! We do get cooler temperatures but the color show waits till November.
We do get the man-made displays of color! I saw my first official Halloween decorated yard during the final week of September! The grocery stores are filled with pumpkins and cinnamon scented pine cones and the pumpkin patches are open.
The thing about fall is, it feels like suddenly time speeds up! The rest of the year is going to fly by! Tomorrow I'll be opening the door to trick-or-treaters and the next day I'll be singing Auld Lang Syne!
Every year is like that and every year I try to make it slow down! To purposefully enjoy every moment and not rush into the next one. To take in every sight and sound as one holiday turns into another. It doesn't help that the stores have all the decorations out! Last week at Hobby Lobby I walked down an aisle and went from pumpkins and witches to pilgrims and turkeys to Santa and trees and plastic champagne flutes!
Why does it all have to be out at the same time? Why can't we enjoy each one on it's own?
I know that if I don't get that cute little tree I saw last week very soon, it will be gone. (I did that one year, I got a Christmas decoration early then forgot I had it till after the New Year when I was putting everything away!)
Once again, I'm going to try to take it slow. To enjoy the little things. To squeeze every minute from one season to the next. To get together with people and share all that is good about the season. To stay out of the last minute shopping/Black Friday frenzies!
As photographers, we can capture the moments. We can freeze time in a photograph, forever, to enjoy and savor. We can capture new memories of the sights of the seasons as they unfold. That's going to be my way to slow it down.
Grab your camera, friends! We're going to have a spectacular time!
Our monthly theme is a perfect way to get started! Sunshine and shadows! There is a lot of that in fall! Share your sunshine and shadow photos in the flickr gallery!
Are you ready for these last 3 months?
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