Autumn, the year's last, and loveliest smile.
William Jennings Bryant
Fall? Or autumn? Which do you prefer? I tend to like "autumn" better, it sounds more lyrical. My college roommate was called, "Autumn". At the time, she was the only person I knew with that name but since then I've met many others with that lovely name.
As I pondered my post today, I kept coming back to the thought that our Theme of the Month, Sunshine and Shadows, is perfect for October. The autumn (or fall, if you prefer) light is mesmerizing, the slant of the sun's rays seem magical. Everywhere I turn, I see little vignettes on which to focus my camera. If I pressed my shutter every time these scenes unfold, I'd be even further behind than I am already. Not good.
From there, my musing took me to the change of seasons. Now, I know many of you don't live in climates where you experience four distinct seasons each year. You have my condolences. Even though I'm not a winter person, I still love the rotation of the seasons, the rhythm it gives my life. And with each season comes a unique set of delights ... and challenges.
Where I live, October is almost three seasons in one month. Throughout the month, the sunshine and shadows dazzle as we go from the early warmth of the month, to the friendly mid-month nip in the air. By the end of the month, we'll have had several overnight frosts and daytime temps won't be as friendly as they were earlier in the month. When October begins, the trees are still lush, with a hint of color. Mid-month, the colors are peaking. If you blink, you'll miss it. By Halloween, the trees are getting bare, if not totally bare already.
It's about this time of year that I begin to mourn the passing of warmth and sunshine. I know that come December, my neck of the woods will be more grey than sunny and January is usually worse, bringing with it the likelihood of occasional snow.
By February, the hope of spring is in the air. Ahhh, yes! I grew up in the northeastern United States and when I moved to Kentucky to go to college one of the nicest surprises was to learn how early spring came to this part of the country. I immediately embraced it ... so much so that I'm still in Kentucky ... oh, a couple of years later.
I love the change of the seasons but I'll confess ... I love autumn and spring most. Each April, I declare that spring is my favorite season ... at least, that is ... until we flip the calendar to October.
With such a perfect confluence of our Theme of the Month and our light patterns, I encourage you to get out as often as you can and shoot the beautiful ... but fleeting ... scenes that are around you every day. And then, share them with us on our FOL Flickr page, tagging them so they'll be included in the In Focus selection.
PS - I'm also musing over at Camper today. I hope you'll catch me there, too.