Change happens. Sometimes when you least expect it. It’s still warm and sunny and shorts are my go-to weekend attire, but on my beach walk Sunday I was thankful I had grabbed my sweatshirt. The breeze was chilly…and honestly, it has felt fall-ish all weekend.
On my way to work each morning I drive along the coast. Lately I’ve been noticing the field of pumpkins, bright orange and framed by the row of palm trees. I read something today that informed me that these are grown by people at the Self Realization Fellowship (located just to the west) and they become a magnificent display of creatively carved jack-o-lanterns on Halloween each year.
Seasonal change is subtle in San Diego. I’m starting to see posts and photos by friends who live further east and further north. The trees are turning and color is dominating the natural landscape. Instead of brilliant reds and oranges, I am noticing that the beach is wide open with many fewer tourists visiting and maybe many locals occupied by piano lessons and soccer games instead of those long lazy summer days on the shore. I love this time of year with the sun warming my shoulders, my feet in the surf, and long stretches of open space in front of me. The shore birds seem to enjoy it too, less skittish as I come near with my camera.
There is lots of change in store decor these days too. Supermarkets are filled to brim with pumpkin flavored this and that and those pop up Halloween shops are opening. A trip to Home Depot over the weekend revealed lots and lots of fall flowers. The bees were happy, flying around and doing their pollinator thing, regardless of the change around them!
And all change isn’t seasonal. My teaching life is profoundly changed this year too. After 23 years co-teaching a multiage class, I am on my own with third graders this year. I am adjusting to the change in workflow and loving the intimacy of time alone with my students. The rhythms are different, but the work is familiar and fulfilling.
What does change look like in your place, in your life? You might consider the seasonal changes…or not. There are lots of changes that we experience, some because of the change in the weather and some because of other changes in our lives.
Share your #change this week, in images or words…or both. You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!) I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #change.
Take a look around and notice change in your life this week. Pick up your camera, phone, notebook and pen and document all that you see and experience. Be sure to share…I look forward to seeing and thinking about your change too!