Fall

November 3, 2019

BW photograph of a line of bare trees after one of the first frosts of the season.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

We have had a few signs that fall is upon us.  One is cultural:  the clocks were set back one hour this morning (“Spring ahead and Fall behind” as the saying goes).  The rest, though, most certainly pre-date the human measurement of time.  Tree leaves have been turning colour and dropping for awhile now.  The colder temperatures of the last couple of days have brought about the first mild frosts, which were apparent in the early morning.

BW photograph of a field of corn against a blue sky.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

To me, though, the most visceral, the most resonant, is the drying of the field corn.

BW photograph of a closer view of stalks of corn.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The transition of the summer stalks from the then vibrant green to the muted tan/brown of today, and from what were once supple to the now crinkly, are true measures of the passage of time.  It is not purely visual, either.  There is nothing that quite matches the raspy, textured sound produced by the wind moving about the stalks.  There is a metaphor here that also marks the aging process for us, too.

That time is here.

The sun warms in either case.

Take care.

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