Winding Down (To Wind Back Up Again)

I served steamed carrots with dinner tonight.

At the moment, I am sitting at my desk wearing a sweater.  I am doing so because the breeze coming in through the open window beside me is chilly.  Yes, chilly.  I may be forced to actually shut the window.

~brrrrr~

Yesterday, I took my son to Staples and purchased binders, pencils, notebooks and a new lunch bag….all for him.

The date is August 28th.

I am slowly starting to face facts here:  Summer is drawing to a close.

I first noticed this happening a few days ago, when we returned from our family vacation: I sat down to do some work and suddenly found myself lost in a sea of paper work, unopened email and a ‘to-do’ list from my boss that is about a mile long.  An entire summer’s worth of procrastinating and taking days off came crashing down on me like a tidal wave.

~gah~

Tonight, using the barbeque seemed…boring and predictable (!) to make dinner with.  Instead, I cooked food from my freezer, in my oven and steamed vegetables, rather than grilling everything drizzled in olive oil and loaded with basil from the garden.  For the first time in three months, the food we ate did not have char marks on it from the grill.  We also ate inside.

~yikes~

Now I am going to help my son organize his backpack with all of his new school supplies:  Classes resume in less than a week.  He has six days to break in his new running shoes.

But the most compelling evidence that Summer is winding down is the weather.  The days are slowly getting shorter.  The air has a certain chill in it that we have not felt for a long time.

The leaves on the trees are even starting to change colour…in an oh-so subtle way.

I am okay with all of this, really.  The end of August has always represented a second New Year.  A time to start over, to start fresh.  Summer is so wild and so free.  We have no rules, no schedule.  To be honest, after a while I crave these things.  Soon we will have hectic week nights, homework and structure.  Things will be fast paced in our household once again….just the way I like it.

Besides, Fall is an absolutely beautiful and breathtaking time of year – what with all the colours our landscape takes on.  Truly an excellent season to photograph.

~I am shaking my head and coming to grips with the obvious~

You Old Thing…

Here is something I almost always forget that I have…until I see it being used…

…A bird bath that is largely neglected, even by the birds.  Still, year after year, you can find it, perched in some forgotten corner of the garden…waiting.

Waiting for water to render it useful.

Waiting for a customer.

Waiting for attention.

Waiting to be seen as more than just another fancy ornament….

(this image is part of a much larger collection of still life photographs I am working on.  To be posted soon in my online portfolio, View Finder!) 

Broken String

This might be a perfect example of the scattered way in which I produce my photographs.

Yesterday, I was having one of those disjointed days.  You know, the kind where problems pop up out of no where and needless distractions ambush you at every turn.

Half way through day, I was completely fed up with working.  Things just weren’t going my way.  My productivity was being stalled and I was becoming prone to fits of rage against my computer.

As soon as 3 rolled around, I said,

“Day, I am so, SO done with you.” and disconnected myself from earning a living.

My office doubles as the living room.  The living room doubles as the music room.  As I took off my “working for money” hat, for a brief moment I considered doing dome housework.  As I was surveying my surroundings, I noticed my step-son’s guitar had a broken string.  It was squiggly and loopy and begging to be shot…you know, that whole “moth to the flame” thing.

So, with my “working” hat tucked away, I put on my “unpaid photography” hat.

The stress of my day was instantly forgotten as I picked up my camera, adjusted my f-stop and beginning clicking away, exploring the angles and reflective surfaces of my subject.

I love playing around with depth of field.  The shallower, the better.  When I see an opportunity to experiment, I jump at the chance.  Give me some cool lighting and I am in my element.

*sigh*

If only I paid me….

I could do this all the live long day.