Fall Activities: Photography and Poetry
Relax in the Fall
We are now in the last throes of fall. Yes, it’s still October in Ontario and the snow did visit us today. So let us make the most of the time we have left before winter takes over completely. How can we make the most of the colourful days we have left?
Take your camera out for a fall walk and capture the tremendous colours of fall. You don’t have to be a technical expert these days to take good pictures. Set your camera to automatic and shoot. If things like exposure and colour are still a bit off, then fix it with one of the computer editing programs.
Does anybody read poetry anymore? I know people get awards and there is usually a poet in residence in libraries and universities. But does anyone know their names or a line from their poetry? Lines are no longer committed to memory to be exhumed on a poignant moment.
When you reach a certain age and you are on the road to becoming an elder, you feel the urge and have the time, if not the money to indulge in pleasurable pursuits put aside during the years of parenting, and looking after the needs of others.
Find your big comfortable couch, become an armchair traveller. On a plane, on a train, the journey to your destination is a good place to prepare for your arrival via poetry.
Embrace the delicious symphony of words that will wash over you.
Native poets see with critical eyes, and express the depth of their convictions. Didn’t Browning say Beauty is truth, and truth is beauty, and he was looking at a Grecian Urn. Journey to the Lake District of the British poets – Wordsworth, Pre-Raphaelites, and the Romantics. The Landscape that evoked the birth of powerful poetry is still there today.
Autumn in England is John Keats’ poem: To Autumn which will always evoke autumn in England for me. Maybe it is because I had to memorize parts of the poem for school, and now wherever I am in the world and I see the colours of autumn I think of these lines.
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Things to do on a fall day
- Give yourself permission to relax.
- Go for a long walk along a trail.
- Take photographs of the family and fall colours.
- Prepare your garden for winter.
- Bake pumpkin and apple pies.
- Visit Fall Fairs and Festivals.
Enjoy the last days of Fall. It’s later than you think. Share you favorite fall activities.