Monday, October 12, 2009

There was a time

For the past week I have been showing Autumn scenes in Bend, Oregon. Somehow the above photo of a withered, fallen, giant sunflower is emblematic of the end of the season and the beginning of the next. Fall is a time to gather dried flowers and arrange them in a vase. Also, goals involving school or home projects are again taken in earnest. Even the crock pot is hauled out and last year's successful stew or soup recipe is retrieved from a folder or box for next week's menu.
On weekends in the cool grey air, where once verdant summer grass had been the domain of butterflies and is now the stage for Autumn soccer, a potpourri of parents watch progeny occasionally live up to someone's expectations. Fall is also a time when, inexplicably, the fortune of a town, city or state's football team can become the determinant of self-worth. The mutable October freshet strews loss and disappointment over the land like mouldering leaves and portends a long Winter or brings the warmth of joyous victory and a sense of well-being to those that care.
In this season, camera in hand, I wander the town like a detached weather vane, pointing at what I see and record; merely to enjoy my time, this time.

9 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

Autumn certaintly is the right time to wander with camera in hand--as I have been doing--A beautiful time to record for posteriety the beauty of any given area.

JUNE???? when is that.??

I am in the NOW! LOL

MB

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Nice shot !! I loved this !!Unseen Rajasthan

B SQUARED said...

Time it was and what a time it was-Paul Simon

Jacob said...

This is a great photo to express the dying out of summer and the birth of autumn!

I've got a novel idea! Why don't you write a philosophical tome about the change of seasons, referencing how they mirror the changes in our lives? Make it a fictional work filled with characters from City Daily Photo!

You dost have a way with words!

cieldequimper said...

Jacob's idea is cool and BSquared's quote so appropriate... The sunflowers in the vase in my living room will probably looks as waned and forlorn as this one tomorrow...

Raksha said...

What Jacob said. Wonderful photograph too!

It's finally autumn here too--cloudy and overcast and a little bit drizzly today. I love this weather, especially after what I hope is the last heat wave of summer.

tapirgal said...

This is some of your best writing yet. I found it very evocative with words that were laden with emotion and piqued the senses. I also loved the photo.

Sylvia K said...

Lovely, meaningful post and I love the photo!

Enjoy, Lee!

Sylvia

Lee Spangler said...

It is nice that you cite Bob Hope. He lived a truly remarkable life and lived by that quote. Also I enjoyed your macro shots.