Photo Essay

Reflection on Autumn

Running Low on Leaves

Every fall the leaves come down. Like clockwork. I see, with regret, the end of those days of being outside in a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops. The end of being outside at 9 o'clock at night,when its still light, I'm still in a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops. The end of the days with grandkids splashing in the pool that we bought for the dog to bathe in. The end of summer.

Yet I look forward to fall because the leaves DO come down like clockwork, just after they've displayed themselves in glorious color, begging to be photographed. So I do. In the trees, on the ground, in the bucket, in the compost pile. And I rake, day after day until it seems that the last leaves will never fall. It never seems like work to me because I'm given the chance to reflect while performing the same movements over and over. The work is mindless, but my mind is at work. How fortunate I am to be able to walk on these legs, rake with these arms, see the leaves, hear them rustle as the wind blows them from one place to another. I can bend, I can lift, I can feel. How lucky I am to have these leaves falling all around me.

And, if I'm lucky enough, I'll be shoveling snow after the leaves are gone.

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14 responses

  • d s

    d s gave props (30 Oct 2008):

    Wonderful poignant essay! great photos!! my vote :)

  • Robert Coury

    Robert Coury said (30 Oct 2008):

    Beautiful photos and lovely essay!

  • Misha M. Johnson

    Misha M. Johnson gave props (30 Oct 2008):

    Thank you for this essay. I love the creativity of your photos and the sincerity of your words.

  • Hannah DeYoung

    Hannah DeYoung gave props (31 Oct 2008):

    wonderful job!! so simple and straightforward-- makes it very, very nice work and a pleasure to read.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (31 Oct 2008):

    A truly beautiful and moving essay, Susan. Love it!

  • Nasera S.

    Nasera S. gave props (12 Nov 2008):

    Nice :)

  • Pamela Johns

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  • Donna Whitecotton

    Donna Whitecotton gave props (30 Jan 2009):

    Susan this is excellent...very inspired and so well done!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (29 Apr 2009):

    great photo essay. I love those photos of the leaves. Glad to discover this article.

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (28 Jun 2009):

    I love this essay. Poetry in word and in your images. I'd love to see any of your stories published! Voted!

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (15 Nov 2009):

    You are so very talented, Susan; writing, photography, comedian and remarkably intuitive. I am honored to have crossed your path

  • Stefi Failk

    Stefi Failk (Deleted) gave props (4 Dec 2009):

    I admire your creativity ! excellent series!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    This is wonderful and are, indeed, an inspiration dear Susan ~ !!! voted :)

  • n n

    n n (Deleted) gave props (22 Jan 2010):

    What a beautiful essay, Susan, of course my vote...this should be published !

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