Fall foliage denial and how to cope
Have you started to feel it yet? “Fall Foliage Denial” Autumn is coming to an end and there is nothing you, I, or anyone can do! I wrote about “the six steps of fall foliage” last November and this is my update.
You’ve been watching a tree near your home go from green to tinges of orange to orange and yellow, full peak top to bottom. Then the next day, it’s a bit darker and a branch high up near the top is bare of leaves. And then you blink and most of the leaves are on the ground (or hopefully in the neighbor’s yard).
So despair and denial are washing over you in waves. Is there any way to cope with these feelings?
First I’m not a Psychologist; these are just my random thoughts on this subject. (and things I found on the web!)
- My first thought that comes to mind is curl up in a ball and sleep until spring when things start greening up. (Not practical if you have to work)
- Wrap yourself up in work and don’t stop until spring. (Also not good for you)
- Be one of those tough outdoor types who gets all worked up about fresh powder on the mountains so you have something to look forward to.
- If you can find some nice leaves that are still colorful then start pressing them. I’m trying the glycerin method to preserve my leaves. This way I can take them out in the off-season and enjoy their colors. (Note this may only prolong the despair and pain) I’ll let you know how it goes in a week or so.
- Heather G. says “she is moving on to composition shots by gathering leaves around other objects and then embracing the fifth season (out of six) by using stick season to photograph those somber shots in graveyards. You know the type, gravestones in rows with old gnarled trees with branches reaching to the sky of gray”. (Thanks Heather)
- Make Excuses! – Yes you heard me right. Make an excuse to get outside! J Start taking regular walks with any camera you have. And try to find the last of the leaves in your neighborhood. If you live in Arizona, then capture a flower on a cactus or some other feature others don’t see.
- Don’t let your mood dictate your plans. If you’re in a lousy mood then grab your camera and get outside. Maybe meet someone walking the neighborhood or go to a bookstore, just don’t be alone. If you have plans don’t cancel them because of the mood. Most likely they will understand and just talking will bring about a mood change… Don’t forget the chocolate (or candy corn).
- Get a daylight balanced lamp for your desk or work area. These lights can trick your brain into feeling it’s summer. Ok with 4 feet of snow on the ground it’s hard to trick your brain around that but you may feel better about shoveling it.
Denial runs strong in my line (imagine Darth Vader saying this) and like every other autumn, I will keep looking for little signs like this shot from today in Marblehead MA.
I’m going to keep looking for signs of the passing autumn so I hope you will continue stop in and say Hi! (either here or on my Facebook page).
I can’t do anything about the lack of leaves on the trees or the amount of leaves on the ground. But I can keep moving on to capture new images and remember The first day of Fall 2014 is only 321 days away and getting less every day!Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
- My Gallery on Fine Art America
- Visit my Art and stock images on Vistaphotography
- *NEW* We created a new Fall foliage forum
- Join my New England Fall Foliage page on Facebook
- Follow @Foliage_Reports on Twitter
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.