Numbering Our Days

posted by Sharon September 18, 2012 22 Comments
Autumn in the Berkshires

The changing colors of the leaves signal fall and decorate the landscape and make us catch our breath at the beauty.

Fall reminds us to step back and look at the landscape of our lives, too, In this season between summer fun and winter cold, we can evaluate the hills and valleys, the highs and lows. We can look at what we want to keep in our day to day agendas and what needs to fall off the trees of our time to make room for new growth.

As the seasons go round and round, I like to think of the Bible prayer, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” I struggle with how quickly time goes by, how the seasons come faster each year, which activities to hold onto and which to let go of to make way for something different.  This fall, once again, I’m wrestling with questions of time and fleeting days and how to fill them.

One of the secrets of fall is that change can be not only difficult but lovely. We can learn to drink in the beauty of the colors, sit under the leaves as they fall and welcome whatever lies ahead.

How about you? Do you find that fall is a good time to think about changes? Do you tend to fear change or embrace it?

Here’s to a fall that’s full of welcome changes and new starts. And beauty!

Linking up with Bigger Picture, This or That Thursday, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Communal Global and Texture Tuesdays, where the theme is “orange,” as in fall leaves. It’s still hot and summery where I live, so I’m posting photos from a trip to the Berkshires in Massachusetts in early fall a few years ago. Photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s texture Evolve2.

 

 

 

 

 

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22 Comments

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JillB September 18, 2012 at 5:08 am

Love those beautiful red and orange leaves!

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Pieni lintu September 18, 2012 at 8:42 am

Beautiful!!

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Rosemary Aubut September 18, 2012 at 10:44 am

Beautiful images of fall! The orange surly pops in every photo! Loved them all!

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Pat September 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Gorgeous landscapes with dots of fall color!

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Kent Weakley September 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Ahhhh! You got me all excited. We will be shooting Vermont in our Photography Adventure series two weeks from now. Can’t wait! Your images are beautiful!

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Sharon September 19, 2012 at 2:07 am

Kent, I would love to attend your workshop someday — one of my dreams! Have a wonderful time in Vermont!

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Andrea September 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I embrace that changes fall brings. Big changes are a bit harder.

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Lisa September 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I love these photos..makes me want to step into them! Fall is my favorite time of year! Thank you for sharing your corner of the world with us.

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Linda Makiej Photography September 18, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Terrific… just great!!

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margaretbednar September 19, 2012 at 12:51 am

Gorgeous. I can’t decide which I like better: the front porch or the colorful trees

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Jennifer {StudioJRU} September 19, 2012 at 1:40 am

I agree… change can be wonderful. I think it is just about our attitude to accept it openly. I love fall. My favorite season. Love these gorgeous photos!! Stopping by from Communal Global. 🙂

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Teresa Schmid Photography September 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Wow! The fall colors are beautiful!

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Danielle September 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Such beautiful pictures!! Fall is my favorite time of year.

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Yolanda September 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Wow, what a view! This past year I have started embracing change rather then fearing it

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Tricia September 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Very beautiful captures… a beautiful series to frame & hang for fall decor, too =)

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Ellie September 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I love when the autumn colours start to creep in. All of those lovely, oranges, browns and reds. Your pictures are beautiful. 🙂

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Susi September 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I love the autumn for the feeling of fresh new starts! And I usually embrace them.
Amazing colours in those pictures! It looks like it’s so late in the year! Here it’ll be a while before the leaves are red, but they’re beginning to turn yellow at least.

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Jesh StG September 21, 2012 at 3:29 am

That last pic reminds me on how beautiful it will be around thanksgiving at my daughters – no signs yet in Southern CA!

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weecottagewonders September 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

oh these are heavenly!! so BEautimous all their colour, contrast, and harmonising!!

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HoodPhoto OR-USA September 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

How gorgeous! The leaves around here have not really started to change. I am looking forward to the photographic opportunities though! You should visit my blog and submit it to Orange You Glad It’s Friday.

http://gresham-hoodphoto.blogspot.com

Hope to see you there!

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May September 22, 2012 at 3:22 am

Letting go to make room for new growth….mmmm…I love the quiet wisdom of that thought.
The passage of time has really tormented me since I turned 50. I have read that my preoccupation with time slipping away is exacerbated by my fluctuating hormonal levels. I am confident of what comes next, but I love the present so much that I do feel anxiety about how quickly it slips by. It helps to breathe deeply and really look at the beauty around me as you have here.

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jade September 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I always love the changing of seasons – such a lovely, perfect time for introspection. Especially heading into fall, and then into winter. Gorgeous photos and I’m glad you joined in with Bigger Picture Blogs!

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