Friday, September 12, 2014

Sun catchers

I like the transitional seasons of spring and autumn.  Here in the Bay Area, they are far prettier than the other two seasons, but they are also interesting.  The weather becomes unsettled, which means mornings area bit of an adventure, I spend a lot of time trying to decide if I should haul my sweater out with me because of that.  The fruits, vegetables, and flowers available at the farmer's market change. The air feels different. The scenery changes, and so does my home.  I love the changes in light during these seasons more than anything.

The sun is still very strong right now, but it's also a bit softer and less direct.  It filters prettily through white curtains in  my dining area. It blazes in my bedroom, and as the sun starts to reach the western horizon, it plays with my sun catchers.  The sun catchers bend light to cause rainbows and my garden suddenly fills with sparkling colors for a short time each afternoon.

This is the time of day when my kids are usually done with homework, and have done their afternoon chores. I can sit in my room and work here at the computer, but I get distracted at rainbow time. That's the time when I get lured out to the garden or swept up in the antics of the crows who lounge on power lines across the street.  It's when the wind tends to be strong, yet gentle as it rustles through the trees.  This won't last but another couple of weeks, and so I try to enjoy the light of autumn while I can.

I need changing light and wind and distractions to be content, and autumn and spring bring those things in abundance.  I wish there was a way to store up a few of these moments for the grey of winter or the dry gold of summer.

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." -Albert Camus

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