Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The return of The Golden Hour

The worst of the 90s (er, temps, not nostalia for) may be over for this year. For the first time since, I don't know, May? - we felt the golden hour spill over the treetops at about 85 degrees. Perhaps, I thought wistfully, we've put the 90s behind us for this year.

Rodney and I walked back to the creek with the dogs. They have absolutely no appreciation for curling silver wisps of Spanish moss, nor bright small branches of resurrection fern, nor glimpses of sky as blue as precious turquoise. But they like the clear air, the lightening of humidity; perhaps they sense my projection of hopeful anticipation of autumn. And certainly they like the view of the creek, shown here with a glimpse of rope swing (for those of you like Friend of the Blog Suldog, who share a fondness for ziplines and rope swings). And of course like most dogs, ours find the allure of mud irresistible. Dogs. Sheesh.

We carried cameras in the potential service of our own irresistible artistic needs. We took photos. And yet...these are such delicate hints of coming change, such finely drawn foreshadowing of the inevitable turning of the year they're virtually impossible to capture in images. How can I photograph the nearly imperceptible movement of the sun, the ever-so-slight moderation in temperature and the almost immeasurable decrease in humidity? The shine of the golden sun, descending through air more clear than that of June or July; the freshening color of the sky, suddenly showing true azure, veritable robin's egg blue, and oh, my dears, the cautious, hopeful longing for the changes of fall: I am far from gifted enough to catch these in images, though I see them well enough, and often tell my family that if I'd a choice of an artistic gift I would call for Edward Hopper's. If I had this, perhaps it would be in my two hands to capture the light, the change: the hope.

But it comes along, despite my ineptitude. The fall will come, The Baby will leave for Africa, the brilliance of fall will bloom in the persistent purple thunbergia Miss Inga gave me so many years ago. It will bloom in the pale pink trumpet flowers transplanted from Katie's garden. The wedelia brought from Jayne's garden will recede under the changing conditions. And the familiar will turn and turn until we can once again see the sun returning through our own carefully constructed versions of Stonehenge. And however inept I feel, I will continue to take the pictures, continue to share them here, continue to hope you take your own pleasure in the changing of the seasons and the immutability of our old world.


  1. Yesterday morning when I stepped outside and felt the coolness of the soft breeze and saw the incredible colour of the sky, I actually gasped out loud! You so eloquently convey that feeling of wonder ~ I believe your words capture the moment as artfully as a fine photograph. You describe what is in my heart and I thank you!

  2. Everything changes, and those who accept that fact are immeasurably happier than those who don't. Personally, I love Autumn (and I'm growing rather fond of Autumn as a time of life, too.)

  3. Autumn is a beautiful season, and you captured it perfectly in photos. Hope everything is well for you there.

  4. Dear Lulu, I'm so glad you could feel it, too - it is coming, and I cannot wait. Thank you so much for always reading, and always encouraging!
    Suldog- THANK YOU for the inspiration. Your voice had a part in the piece I wrote tonight about my dear Daisy, love, loss, and ultimately, change.
    Michelle, I have missed you SO and am grateful to hear your voice again!
    Love to you all.


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