Contradictory Autumn. May 2021
Autumn is my favourite time of year. It invites and challenges us with its contradictory nature, being of both abundant harvest and the harbinger of turning inwards. As the heat of summer dissipates, yet still leaves a lingering but slowly fading glow; the touch of winter emerges, shy at first, but increasingly confident as the season progresses. The cold draws things in and down but oh, it wakes us up, brings focus and clarity to what is happening in the world around us, even as we prepare for the semi hibernation of winter. As the cold moves in, fire remains in the colours of nature, in the way we seek out and create warm and comforting places to rest in until the warmer weather returns. All the riches of autumn draw me out into the cooling air, to breath in the distinct scent of the season and fill my eyes with vibrant colours that inspire awe and creative inspiration; even as they keep me from working, through my reluctance to turn away from the wonders of the autumn world. At this time of year when nature starts to turn inwards to a period of quiet, dark and stillness – at this time I feel more alive than ever.