“Hanging on to Autumn”
“Delicious autumn, I could revel in her warmth and colours for months and not get tired of it. Like a leaf suspended above the ground, I move in her breezes, lost in her splendour.” – Ed Lehming
Such a simple thing, yet so much a part of the whole experience. This maple leaf, caught by chance on a cedar branch, hangs suspended above the forest floor, warm autumn light making it glow with the colour of fire.
It caught my eye immediately as I came around a bend in the trail. The sun caught it in such a way that it simply stood out against everything else. It beckoned to be photographed, as lovely reminder of this years wonderful, warm autumn days.
My life circumstances had just changed and I found myself out of work at my favourite time of year. With COVID 19 still a very present part of our lives, seldom used trails filled with people from the neighbouring city on the weekend. Parking is next to impossible and the throngs of people on the trails take away from the quite pleasure I usually enjoy. Not having to work, for a time, has afforded me the time to go hiking at my leisure. There are no deadlines to meet and no urgency to hurry along. I am simply able to ‘be’ in the forest and enjoy everything that nature has to offer me.
I’m finding myself very much at peace, able to recharge and heal mentally after 34 years of increasingly urgent work. It’s giving me time for solitude and reflection as I enjoy the sights, breath the fresh fall air, and listen to the sound of leaves crunching underfoot. Though unfortunate and disruptive, this ‘downtime’ it is proving to be very refreshing, so I will take all it has to offer me.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
1/125sec, f/2.8, ISO 200