“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”
— Nathaniel Hawthorne
One of New England’s quintessential writers, native son, descendant of a “hanging judge” of Salem, Nathaniel Hawthorne knew his seasons, his landscapes, and his weather. So what if it poured buckets on our heads today driving from the Pioneer Valley to the Berkshires and back again ! In principle, Hawthorne’s quite right. Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere. When the sun shines, the ubiquitous orange globes glow like small suns all around us, and when the sky is blue, so that these two complements on the color wheel, blue and orange, are juxtaposed side by side, the effect (to me, at least) is something sublime.
I love the purity of the blue and orange of this shot, but I took a whole bunch of photos when I was admiring the pumpkins on the porch of the Williamsburg General Store, and there’s another one that I liked too much to leave out:
I don’t know why I like it so much, either. That happens sometimes with photos, something unexpected about one touches my heart for no good artistic reason. Has to be an emotional reason, I suppose. Here I think it’s the reflections in the corner –A powerful word for me, reflection(s).
Does either photo resonate for you? If so, I’d love to know which, and perhaps why —And if neither does, well, then, at least here’s your dose of orange sunshine for today!