What an incredibly beautiful day we are having here in the Bogs! Warm, sunny, simply gorgeous. It’s the kind of day that makes you throw open all of the windows to let the stale air of winter out, and the invigorating air of spring in.
While out and about and playing in tungsten, I also took a few photos with the white balance set to Open Shade (also called “Cloudy” and may have some other names I’m not familiar with) which brings warmer tones to your photos.
Picnik will be closing. The last day to use the photo editing site is April 19, 2012. I will be sorry to see it go because I was just starting to really enjoy playing around with my photos in a variety of ways. Picnik made play easy to do, usually in one step rather than the several I often have to take in Photoshop to get certain effects.
The true color of life is the color of the body, the color of the covered red, the implicit and not explicit red of the living heart and the pulses. It is the modest color of the unpublished blood.
~ Alice Meynell
The WP Weekly Photo Challenge is: Red. I have had fun with red in the past, way back in 2007 when I posted Red in my color series at Bountiful Healing. I can’t believe it’s been that long, to be honest. While it doesn’t seem like yesterday, it also doesn’t feel like it was four years ago. Yikes.
It’s not really that dark. I went a little extreme in Photoshop. But it seems to fit the season, with Halloween coming up soon.
It is, however, gray and gloomy. I took this view of the pond around noon. There was not a lot of light to speak of. It’s quite a contrast to yesterday’s sunshine.
Today’s outdoor adventure was pretty uneventful. Or it was eventful in small ways but I can’t think of a thing to write about so I went to Plinky for a prompt. Today’s prompt is: Do you celebrate Halloween? Why or why not?
Well, I don’t, really. We live out in the country so decorating and having candy handy for the Trick or Treating little folks is a waste. Nobody comes by because it can be a long walk between houses. We do have a pumpkin and some mums livening up the deck as a nod to the season, but Mother Nature does such a brilliant job of decorating this time of year that I don’t feel the need to do it myself.
Sometimes I celebrate Halloween as a harvest festival, as another turning in the wheel of the year, and to mark the end of summer. We usually have our first snowflakes by Halloween, a clear indication that winter is not far off. Daylight will continue to dwindle until the Winter Solstice and outdoor temperatures will do the same. Hilgert’s, the local farm where we do our produce shopping when in season, will have an abundance of greens and winter squashes this time of year. Our diet will change to more soups and stews and heartier dishes than we eat during the summer months.
It will be time to put away the summer clothing and get out the cold weather gear. Sweaters, sweatshirts, thermal underwear, coats, scarves, gloves, hats, and boots will replace the t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, sandals, bathing suits, and flip-flops. We usually have the storm windows installed by Halloween, to keep out the winter drafts of cold air. The swim platform and boats are put away for the season, a chore that we did this past weekend and one that always brings a tinge of melancholy with it. I don’t get too sad, though. The trees are still displaying color and once the leaves drop we’ll be able to see and explore what’s behind the tree cover. I like the winter landscape (just as I like the other seasons). We’ll have snow to play in. We can make snowpeople, go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and sled down the sledding hill. The pond will freeze and there will be ice skating. There will be warm, crackling fires in the fireplaces. Hot chocolate to drink. And lots of cozy evenings cuddled up with a good book or with my wonderful husband.
Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow.
~ Author unknown
How about you? Do you celebrate Halloween? Why or why not? And if you do, how do you celebrate it?
We’ll be doing the drawing for the Give-Away at 7:30pm (eastern time) tonight. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. See ya then! 🙂