That single moment when you get out of the car and fall foliage colors as far as the eye can see and your heart swells with joy. I will tell you now, that I, The great and powerful foliage guru have not found that every season. I will admit to all of you that there have been many fall foliage seasons that I didn’t hit it just right…
No, it wasn’t my fault, it was Mother Natures! (That is my excuse and I’m sticking to it) In 2005 we had record rainfall and the Guru at Yankee Magazine was scratching his head (this was before I became their fall foliage blogger). I remember hearing the stress in his voice during a podcast in early Oct, saying “it will be only a little longer”. Actually, it almost didn’t show at all, so let’s be hopeful for no repeats of that year.
In 2005 we had record rainfall and the Guru at Yankee Magazine was scratching his head (this was before I became their fall foliage blogger). I remember hearing the stress in his voice during a podcast in early Oct, saying “it will be only a little longer”. Actually, it almost didn’t show at all, so let’s be hopeful for no repeats of that year. Instead, let us talk about…
The Zen of Fall Foliage
To me, this is that happy moment when you come upon a scene that makes your heart sing. Sometimes, it’s a glorious reflection of orange and red on the surface of a pond. Sometimes it’s because I think I’ve come upon a perfect covered bridge surrounded by fall colors that will make many of you want to have it on your walls.
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When I say Zen moment, it’s a near perfect moment, maybe there is an old rock wall with a glorious maple all in orange or yellow above it. Sometimes it finding a scene that I found years ago when I was first starting out and upon finding it again it reminds me of the earlier trip.
Sometimes I’m out on the road and I pull into a Dunkin Donuts and get a hot coffee and a coffee roll and I sit outside just enjoying being there in that moment, the chill cloudy sky above the leaves swirling around my feet, my favorite fleece shirt with a light jacket over it. My comfortable jeans, old hiking boots and watching the sun break through the clouds, even for a moment, thanking God for this moment.
This is one of my Zen fall foliage moments…
What is your Zen fall foliage moment?
It can be anything that makes you happy. Happy means less stress and less stress equals enjoying your vacation. If I’ve said this once, I’ve said it a thousand times, If you get home from your vacation needing to recuperate from your vacation, then you are doing it wrong.
How about letting us know what your happiest Zen moment has been during fall foliage season? (post in comments below)
Now, if you don’t feel you’ve had a Zen fall foliage moment yet? Well, Keep reading my blog over the next weeks or months and maybe we can help you find your very own Zen fall foliage moment.
Remember, it’s more about enjoying the moment where you are! Because at that point in time, if you embrace the moment and just enjoy it, you will have a Zen fall foliage moment.
Channeling Obi-Wan and Yoda
What we have to fight and I’m very guilty of this… Is pushing away those thoughts that say, “It’s bound to be better around the next turn in the road”. If you allow these demons to whisper in your ear that “this isn’t really peak, follow me I know where it is”! If you don’t want to listen to me then pay attention young foliage Jedi, Yoda said, “All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. …Hmm? On what he was doing.”
Wise was this short green puppet… But I digress, Very simply, if you find yourself with a colorful fall foliage situation, enjoy it! because if you continue to look away at what might be out there, you may never finish your fall foliage Jedi training. Sorry, listening to the orchestra play Star Wars last night before the fireworks has me channeling Obi-Wan Kenobi. If my Star Wars references are leaving you confused, please go back to 1977 and watch “A new Hope” over again, and then continue this article.
Then again, Yoda tells Anakin that fearing loss makes one greedy, thus, in turn, making one more apt to turn to the dark side. The dark side, in this case, leads you to run from tree to pond to hillside looking for perfect fall color. The dark side is unfulfilling and leaves you unhappy because you can’t simply be happy with what you did find.
This is the power of the fall foliage force! (OK, I’ll quit now…)
The final take away
I don’t think I can teach you to stay in your Zen fall foliage moments, as I have only achieved it on certain occasions, most notably when my wife, Lisa is along. When I have her with me I find I enjoy the moment more and can focus on it because we are sharing it together.
Maybe that is all to the secret there is, Sharing the moment with someone allows you to focus on that moment…Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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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.