As I know I’ve mentioned before, I’m am lucky enough to live waaay out in the country – the California “gold country” (as in gold mining in the mid-1800’s), located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. And while our landscape doesn’t offer the vast, deep color changing experience you might see in the Eastern part of the U.S., we do have our own version.
Right now – although we desperately need rain and have had a miserably hot summer – we actually have the best of both worlds. Our temperatures have been in the low 90’s (mercifully down from the weeks of over 100) and the trees are starting to change color. It’s an interesting contrast because this time of year our hills are always “golden” (well, dry and brown) and make a perfect backdrop.
One of my favorite things to do this time of year is wander around with my camera, trying to capture a sense of the season. My photography skills aren’t honed well enough to do this beautiful place justice, but I find the process itself to be rejuvenating – and thought-provoking.
I find myself reflecting on life in general. The leaves changing color and falling are so filled with meaning. Another year is coming to a close. Things change. People come and go from our lives – and things you have always taken for granted suddenly require re-examination. You realize that nothing is forever – no matter how settled your life may seem and it’s reminder reminder that you must savor every moment. And not pass up the opportunity to tell those you love, just how much they mean to you. Over and over and over.
All of this was going through my mind as I worked on Autumn Journal – it can be used to document your own Fall colors or to journal the thoughts that come to mind as you observe changes within yourself and think about your life. There’s a phrase in an Elvis (Presley of course) song (written by Mac Davis, remember him?) that kept replaying in my mind as I worked on this kit. The song is called “Memories” and the words I love are:
Quiet thoughts come floating down
And settle softly to the ground
Like golden autumn leaves around my feet
I touched them and they burst apart with sweet memories.
How brilliant is that?? Does this time of year bring up any emotions or particular thoughts for you? I’d love to know!
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