Monday, October 8, 2012

MONDAY MUSINGS—SEASONS CHANGE




Some dreams are in the nighttime  
And some feel like yesterday
But leaves turn brown and fade 
You long to say a thousand words
But seasons change… 
You dream again and scenes remain 
But seasons change…

People change...





The seasons are changing around us and we change with the seasons. Each season has it's beauty, if we but look. Even the stark landscape of winter, still...  

As brutal as summer was, I’m not really looking forward to winter and snow. I know we need it, but still, snow? Ice? Freezing temperatures? Breaking ice in the water troughs? Ugh.

I have SAM, a seasonally affected muse. She loves the changing of the seasons—especially fall and winter. She’s not too jazzed by summer unless it’s an early misty morn and sometimes when the full moon colors the landscape in silver and shadows. She loves rainy days and when the snow is falling and it’s cold my muse loves to come out and play.

We had our first light frost last night and had to turn on the heat for the first time. The muse is rubbing her hands in delight. I took a walk in the gorgeous sunshine and everywhere I looked autumn color was beginning to show. 

I thought I’d share some pictures (you can click on the pictures to enlarge) of the beauty that surrounds me as I walk the property.

This is a walk just down from my house.
There is still more green than fall colors but I can’t look anywhere on the ranch without seeing evidence that autumn is definitely here.
  
This is one of the barns.This one is beyond my back yard. We have a lot of oak and they turn late, so colors of 
other trees are just beginning to show back here. 


In my front yard the oak on the left is just beginning to color. At the end of my driveway you can see another one of our pastures and there are lots of walnut, dogwood, and other trees which tend to turn faster than the oaks.

I ran across a waterfall of red. The color was gorgeous. I like to walk here every fall just to see how it looks. Some years it has more yellow to the underside of the leaves other years it's a deep red, almost burgundy. It never fails to elicit a moment of awe as I see creation's splendor. A feast for the eyes and for the creative spirit within us.





In your writing, do the seasons effect what you write? Are there seasons that seem to create thousands of words? Or do the words wither up and blow away with brown leaves before the cold winter winds?


  • Do you have a SAM? A Seasonally Affected Muse?

13 comments:

Jo said...

No SAM for me, but I am enjoying the Fall colours although the leaves are falling quickly and the colours aren't lasting sadly. Love your pictures.

Olivia Cunning said...

I hope not. We don't have seasons here. This will be my first winter without winter. We'll see how it goes. I'm looking forward to no ice, no snow, no frost. And also not having SAD this winter. I sold my SAD lamp at the yard sale when we moved. Hopefully it well help some other poor soul who doesn't get enough light exposure in the winter and is chronically depressed for 4 months of the year. This year, I'll be on the beach.

Your pictures, on the other hand, make me homesick. I haven't been to Missouri since last Christmas. And I won't get back there until this Christmas.

If I get to quit my day job soon and write full-time (*fingers crossed*) I will have to get back home to visit more often. Once a year is not enough.

Of course, if my muse is a SAM like yours I don't think I'll be able to write enough to become a full-time author. It's 60 this morning, which feels very cool, but supposed to be back up to 82 tomorrow.

Anne Gallagher said...

I tend to write darker themes in the winter. In the spring I lighten up. I find I can't write at all in the summer. And the fall is usually my most creative. So I guess I do have a SAD affected muse. Although he's been on vacation for a couple of weeks. I hope he gets back soon.

And love the pics. Lucky you.

Karen Walker said...

You live in a really beautiful place, Sia. In NEw Mexico, we mostly get yellow from the Aspens and Cottonwoods - just a wee bit of red. I miss the East Coast in the Fall. No, I don't have SAM, thank goodness.
Karen

~Sia McKye~ said...

Thank you. I do live in a lovely place and I love it. I do miss, on occasion, the California mild winters. But not enough to move back out there.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Olivia, I love the gulf area of Texas. So, I'll excuse the rubbing in of being on the beach while I'm putting on long sleeves. I'd be on the beach too!

And yay on bunches of new stories!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Photos are wonderful, Sia. Bring on the snow. I'm ready.

~Sia McKye~ said...

ANNE, yay I'm not the only one with a SAM.

KAREN-The yellow is cheerful and makes it look like the sun is shining through them even when it's overcast. So, does your muse train others?

Johanna Garth said...

Those pictures are beautiful and now I'm off to the coffee shop to see if they can recreate the drink you featured today!

Jo said...

Alex, if you want winter, I invite you to come visit in the deep winter. We are supposed to get lots of snow this season.

Stephen Tremp said...

Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing. I'm from Michigan and really miss the seasonal changes, especially Fall.

~Sia McKye~ said...

A Michigan boy in southern California. Winters are nicer there but, yah, when I lived in California I missed the seasons.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. great photos and I'd love to be around your ranch in the Fall. I sort of go in and out and need to adjust ... I hope I can straighten my head out to normality again .. as I used to love the seasonal change - still do ... just need some time to myself ...

There's a lot of green here still too .. cheers Sia - delightful walks you must have - Hilary