Thoughts On Labour Day…

Well, here we are: Labour Day 2013.

In my part of the hemisphere, the final days of summer unofficially happen on Labour Day Weekend.  The calendar may say Autumn doesn’t begin until the 22nd of September, but really – the hot days are done, the sun rises later, the nights are getting longer.

I feel the need to explain my absence from blogging for the past few weeks.  The reason for my lack of posts is – I have no reason.  I also haven’t had a moment to breathe, let alone sit down and pay attention to something for more than 5 minutes at a time.

Between you and me, Dear Reader, I look forward to end of August and the kids going back to school more and more each year.  Summer is fun, action packed, and a tad more chaotic than life is the rest of the year.  Quite frankly – I am exhausted.  I need our days to revolve around school.  I want to start wrapping myself in sweaters and bake casseroles for week night dinners.

As far as filling the past two months with adventure, as we always try to do, this year was no exception.  In fact, we went all out.  At the beginning of summer, the Hubby and I looked at our kids ( whose ages range from 13 to 15), and looked at each other and said – “These guys aren’t getting any younger.  Who knows if they’ll even want to hang out with us next year…”   So, we made a point of doing stuff – lots of stuff – as a family.  We took full advantage of the time we have with them now, before they, like all teenagers, become too cool to do things like go camping and hiking with their parents.  So camping we did, hiking we did.  We even took in a baseball game and the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, both  in Cleveland, some mild spelunking, a suspension bridge, water, boats, and last but not least, roller coasters.

Summer was this:

Laid out in photographs, it seems like a heartbeat – and I guess in the grand scheme of things, that’s all eight weeks of July and August are: a heartbeat.  Don’t get me wrong, I am glad to have the structure of the school year back, but I will hold my captured memories of Summer 2013 close to me all winter.

And so….summer is fading away.  Tomorrow, like I said, school begins.  Life will settle back into the routine of family dinners, colder temps, wearing jackets, birthdays (all our kids have birthday’s in October), family gatherings and snow.

All of these changes won’t happen at once, but they will gradually become the day to day for next 10 months.  By the end of the tenth month, I’ll be more than ready for the reprieve that summer brings.

For now, back to grind I gladly go.  If only I could find my desk….

What a mess.
What a mess. The bottle of booze, by the way, wasn’t mine. It was a gift for the pet and house sitter we enlisted during our road-trip induced absence from home.

Wherever you are, Dear Reader, and however you have spent your weekend, be it a marked holiday or not , I hope it was truly spectacular.

I leave you with this, possibly the best back-to-school-shopping-inspired television commercial ever produced…I think it sums up mine and most parent’s feelings this time of year:  (or as I call it, “Parental Christmas-Eve”)

And to all you students out there, Happy Back To School!


Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

I’ll be honest – I had decided against doing a photo challenge this week…until I saw the theme that is.

I have just returned from a couple of days of exploring and playing my way around the Thousand Islands region in Up State New York with The Hubby…a quiet weekend retreat for both of us.  The weather was amazing, the atmosphere relaxed, and my surroundings were abundantly inspiring.

On the second last day of our mini-vacation, I began photographing the sunset after a long and beautiful afternoon out on the water.  We perched ourselves on the rocky shoreline of Lake Ontario, anticipating a fantastical display of golds and oranges that would surely mark the sun’s final salute for the day.  Alas, clouds slowly started rolling just as the show was about to begin, muting the brilliant colours I wanted to see.  I started snapping anyway, noticing delicate pastel colouring on the horizon and becoming intrigued by the cloud formations in the sky.

I was not yet aware of this week’s photo challenge theme – but this is the way I work, it is the way I was taught: approach your subjects not just from one angle, but as many angles as physically possible in order to capture the intricacies of its character…there is more than “one way” to shoot everything you come across.

Shoreline, Sunset
Shoreline, Sunset
Reflected, Sunset
Reflected, Sunset

I literally shot the two preceding images one after the other.  The sunglasses my husband was wearing had very high reflective lenses.  I couldn’t help but feel it would have been an awesome infrared photograph…had I been carrying a roll on me.  In editing, I applied a digital filter to Reflected, Sunset to give it a similar effect.

So there you have it: I stumbled my way into posting for the photo challenge even when I didn’t intend to:

One Shot – Two Ways

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

Foreshadow: The suggestion or indication of things to come.

Yellow Amongst Green
Yellow Amongst Green

A branch of yellow leaves on the poplar tree in front of my house = Summer’s end is inevitable.