Can you believe October is almost over? I know it’s sort of a cliché to wring your hands over how fast time is passing, but I swear the world is spinning faster now! Here in Utah we’ve had a gloriously beautiful October, with temps a little warmer than normal and the mountains more colorful than usual (due to late August rain we don’t usually get).
I loved this October!
Remember in September, I posted about taking a “Goodbye” photo each month, and how I couldn’t share a picture with you because I hadn’t taken it yet? Well. Let me tell you: I tried to take the photo I wanted (a glowy, filled-with-autumn-light image of my youngest son picking up apples from under our tree) about a dozen times. Early afternoon, late afternoon, early evening. Even in the morning! I finally realized I wouldn’t ever get the image I wanted because the glowy light never hits that spot. When the sun is down low enough to glow, the neighbor’s house casts a shadow on the tree.
So I settled for this image instead:
Not exactly what I wanted (actually, not even close) but I still am pretty fond of it!
I’m starting much earlier this month to find my Goodbye October image. It might be easy, since I have a couple of new Halloween decorations. But I think I’ll probably push myself a little bit harder than that. I’m thinking about our just-before-Halloween traditions, which are pumpkin carving, sugar-cookie frosting, and the last-minute sewing of costume details. (I still need to make some Viking leg warmers!) Or maybe the image is outside in my yard again, but this time where the light does glow. I’m thinking in the end, my Goodbye October photograph will be something I haven’t found yet in my lens, and it will surprise me.
And this is my other surprise: I thought I was just going to be taking some photos for my blog, but this little project of mine is helping to reignite my excitement for photography. (It’s waned a little bit as my kids have gotten older. Maybe the “I hate having my picture taken” moaning & groaning of teenage boys has something to do with it?) I find myself looking for images in the world more often, and reaching for my Canon more and more.