Thursday, September 22, 2011


I don't know why I think that when school starts, time will slow down, the children will be happy with structured days after the laziness of summer,

and I'll get more accomplished when school starts.

We'll all wake earlier, be more organized, more focused. 

Every year when the fall flowers bloom, the mornings cool, and the days shorten, I believe this false truth.

And every year I'm disappointed.

The truth is that Autumn speeds up time to match the flutter of a wing,

droop of a petal,

fade of a leaf,

even a wink.
And every year I have to remind myself of why Fall is my favorite season.

And it's not all about the pumpkins. Or the color orange.

The shorter days make me more aware of Winter's approach,

that we should linger in the garden before snow's first fall. 

So we'll take more picnics,

even if we have to bring homework along.

We'll enjoy the garden's last stand,
watch the leaves turn,

and smile at fall's vibrant colors, as if this season is saying to Winter, "Come and get me."

May you enjoy these last days of warmth and beauty before the west winds blow, bringing cold air, long nights, and many mugs of hot chocolate.

What is a "Study in . . ."? 
A visual record defined by a single element, such as color, texture, or type. Previous journal entries include All is White, Family Reunion, and Walney Pond


  1. Oh - I almost missed this one. Lovely. I had that same hope, that with school there would be order. Still working on it.

    I took a ton of flower pictures last week in Maui, some of rocks, and landscape. Showing my daughter the pictures of rocks my hubby said "Mom could have taken that same picture of rocks in our backyard." :)

  2. Thanks so much, Gayle. I'd love to see some of your Maui pictures. And I'm sure out daughters would get along great--my daughter thinks all my photographs look the same.

  3. Beautiful pictures. You have an amazing eye for taking great pics.

  4. Thank you, Tracy. I'm so glad you enjoyed them because I love taking them. :)