Sep 15, 2012
Change of Light
There is a certain kind of light that signals the change to autumn. Although the season doesn't officially arrive until the end of next week, we've been feeling it creep up on us for a while. We've had nothing but bright, warm September days here in The Valley. The warmth is wonderful, the breezes are cool and comfortable, but it is the light that is the real show stopper.
There is a golden, fuzziness that the light takes on in the fall. It is not the heat-haze of summer, not the bright, clear glow of spring or the small, entreating rays of winter. This is, as if you were walking around squinting ever so slightly - making things appear just a bit softer around the edges.
I think I am becoming a bit softer too. Gone is the frantic rush to get the garden watered early before the scorching heat hits. The sweaters have come out for cool mornings and even cooler evenings. And I am lingering. Stopping at the river to touch the plants again - not rushing through my walk to avoid the bugs and the sunburn. Sitting in the back yard with a coffee watching the cats stalk through the grass.
The dark is coming on quicker now. The light leaves us before 8:30pm. The evenings have been prime star-watching nights. Clear skies foretelling the next sunny day, are chock full of twinkly lights and planets and satellites.
I'm curling up with a cup of tea in the evening. I'm taking time to read a little fiction, which I rarely do unless I'm on vacation. The extra blankets are coming out of the closets and being draped over chairs and on the end of the bed for insurance against the surprising temperature drop during the night. I'm excited about the upcoming festivities in October. Lists lie everywhere on my work-space. I'm feeling the need to organize and surround myself with notebooks and pretty office supplies.
It intrigues me how the simple shift of the light, can affect so much of my life - how I feel and how I function.
What does this change feel like to you? Or do you live somewhere where there is such a subtle shift in your surroundings, it is barely noticeable? Do you adjust your schedule, your practices or your lifestyle in the autumn?