Monday, October 08, 2007

Fall











Though the pleasures of Spring and Summer have grown on me over the years, Fall is and always has been my favorite season of the year. Winter I enjoy for the spectacle and surreal beauty of snow and the bracing energy I feel walking around, fully bundled, in the cold dry air. Spring I love for the newness of its life and for the cacophonous migrations and dense, complex music of birds. Summer is that lazy break, staring at the sea while hot winds flow and juicy vegetables grow. But Fall I love mostly for itself, its inner spirit and the air that surrounds and seeps, the smell and spooks of October and the knowing maturity of November, the leafy colors that turn, red, orange, yellow, brown, black, with the even pace of my own steps until I'm waiting, ready for that first fall of snow.

These pictures were taken during a camping and hiking trip to the October Mountain State Forest, of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, with my friends Anne, Chris, Michelle, Karen and Katy. My apologies to Chris, Michelle, and Katy who are unforgivably not pictured, as my picture taking skills seemed to lack some consistency this weekend, and many of my shots were hopelessly blurred.

25 comments:

Nicholas said...

Hey, those are great photos. Any idea what kind of green fungi that is?

It is interesting how the seasons effect you. Fall always stands out for me too. A time of potential and of turning inward.

Brian C. Kenney said...

Don't know what the green fungus was, but such a pretty color! The other mushroom is a shaggy mane, a choice edible, though it very quickly deliquesces into an inky black goo so you have to get them early and eat them quick.

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Hi Brian, I am a friend of Meghan's. Have you heard from Meg and Todd? I am just not sure how to check on them. Thought I might contact the US embassy here in Australia. Kate

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Hi Kate - We have heard twice - by email on the Thursday right before the Government cracked down, and then by a phone message early last week. At that time, they indicated that they were back in school teaching, and other than that, just laying low in their apartment, only going out for necessities. They had visited the US Embassy and been told just to lay low and not to take any photographs. Since that time there have been no developments to indicate any reason for undue worry - the main concern for their safety would be if there is further destabilization or extensive rioting. Nonetheless, it is hard not to worry and I am thinking about them a lot, and hopeful for Burma. With luck internet service will be restored soon. They are certainly having an experience. Thanks for your concern and your thoughts. If you want, send your email address to bckenney [a t ] hotmail.com and I will forward anything I know to you - though news from them is pretty sporadic right now of course.
Take care,
-Brian

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