This is the time of year when, at least here in New England, the nights turn cooler, you begin carrying a sweater, and daylight seems to be running out on us much too early. Yes, summer is ending and fall is in the air, and even though I personally love the fall, I really miss summer just as much.
But this is also the time of year when I am reminded of a pearl of wisdom given me by Frank, my barber. It was about 5 years ago, just before Labor Day, when I was getting a haircut and lamenting to Frank, a veteran clipper with many decades behind the chair, that summer was over and I was sorry to see it go. Frank paused and looked at me (in the mirror that is – you seldom make direct eye contact in a barber shop), and told me I was wrong. “September is a beautiful month, the weather is still gorgeous, you can still get out there and do everything you could all summer. Just because it’s Labor Day and the kids are back to school, doesn’t mean summer is over.”
I reflected on that, and realized, Frank is right. So here we are, another September, and since no one in my immediate family is going back to school (the youngest graduated college in May), I’m still enjoying summer.
I hunted around for an image that captured the essence of summer and found this one of an ear of corn, taken July 3, 2010. It was mid-day and the overhead sun on the deck was very bright, so this was made on my Nikon D90 at 1/3200 second, f/4.8, and an 84mm (equiv) focal length on a Nikon 18-200 lens. Just looking at this warms me up.
So in conclusion, I leave you with this: Summer is a state of mind. And I like it here.
Posted by Ed