How would you describe the color of fall? Some may describe it as fire, some may say it is golden. I will tell you it is the most expressive season we get to experience in Upstate New York. The colors of the plants and trees reflect exactly how they are feeling. If it has been a dry year we tend to experience color with more brownish yellow tones. If it has been a wet year the trees hold onto more vibrant reds and oranges.
There is no doubt that mother nature knows how to express herself. I would call the autumn season of 2016 a golden season. Driving from the Hudson Valley into the Catskill Mountains it became clear to me today that as I went up in elevation I was welcomed by a Gold Gateway that nature was gifting me. I became so entirely grateful to live in a place where the earths color pallet is so vibrant and friendly, and that the changing seasons are a reminder of time gone by.
I can honestly say, I was not ready for my hands to be cold when working outside without gloves, and I wasn’t ready for the green mountains to change. That is when I selfishly thought to myself, I am most certainly not ready for a gray winter either. Then I looked over at my best friend, Shea and realized she probably thinks I’m as gray as winter everyday because she is color blind, she is a dog. That’s when I drove silently instead of singing entirely off key at the top of my lungs to think about how I have spent 2016. I determined that I have spent it fairly well. I built this website, and I have grown my business. I have learned new lessons, and gained a desire to improve on lessons I have not perfected. Thats when I saw the ski slopes.
I decided that Shea’s black and white world really isn’t so bad and that winter can arrive when it is ready, as long as it brings its cool crisp sun rises, and sparkling snow, (followed by “Powder Days” and “Fresh Tracks” on the slopes). Every season carries a beauty that cannot be recreated or duplicated by another season. Therefor, whether its black and white or vibrant in the colors of the rainbow, there is always something on the other side of my lens, and it is up to me to create a perspective to share its beauty with you. That goes for more than just the seasons, that goes for every human, dog, landscape or image that I am attempting to capture.
It’s apple season here, so my advice to you is to eat an apple and enjoy what is around you today, then find the positivity in what winter has to bring (i.e. Christmas Music).