Possibilities – Openings Inspired by Autumn Leaves – Picture to Ponder – v5-36

by Sheila Finkelstein on September 29, 2009

Last week when a friend of mine reminded me that Autumn has started, I was thrown back into remembering my first autumn in Florida, six years ago. My body actually had the sensory experience of “missing autumn.” In a Photoshop Elements course at the time, where the assignment was to create a photo collage, I decided to create “Missing Autumn in NJ” to somehow bring Fall to me.

Interestingly, last week, once I expressed this and found the web page on Google, I came upon the opportunity of doing Jan Phillips Facilitators Training Workshop in the Adirondacks, New York State, where Autumn leaves should now be in abundance.

It promises to be exciting all around. What would make it even more so is connecting with any Picture to Ponder subscribers who might be in the Syracuse area. I will be spending Monday there. Please email me if you are in that area of if you know something I MUST see while there.


represent work from several years ago. I’ll find it interesting to see if there are any changes in the photographs I take next weekend, though I suspect consistency will rule.

The top is the photo collage I mentioned above. The other three images are, once again, photo/drawings, as featured in the last issue of Picture to Ponder. In this case they were autumn leaves in New Jersey.

When you’ve longed for something, such as when I was “missing autumn” several years ago, what actions do you take? Are you proactive, or do you stay in the “dwelling”?

Similarly when you find yourself in the midst of frustration, what is your response?

And, if your ordinary response is not one that brings you fun, I invite you to find a means to “play” your way through the next time you find yourself in one of the above situations.

Peace and fun. �

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Debii September 30, 2009 at 9:16 am

Was this ever timely! I’ve since in Florida since 1972 (originally from Vermont), and I “miss” autumn every year. Yesterday, I put up my Welcome Autumn flag outdoors, and pulled out some autumn decorations for inside the house. Last week, bought pie pumpkins at the grocery. And for the past four weeks, we have been having an apple pie taste test. Each week I buy a different variety of the new apples and make a pie. We will choose our favorite, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that so far, our favorite variety has been “Jazz” apples!!

Today, the cooler temps and drier air feel delicious. We even slept better last night. Have fun on your trip!


Lauren Strouse September 30, 2009 at 1:08 pm

This reminded me of when I first moved to California from Minnesota in 1979. I didn’t miss fall so much because we do have a bonafide autumn season in Northern CA, although certainly not on a par with the upper Midwest, unless you head for the mountains, but I did miss snow the first few winters – dreary rainy days, sometimes for weeks on end, just didn’t cut it. I long ago adjusted, however, since I live in a place where I can enjoy it all – only 3 to 4 hours to the mountains and snow! Enjoy your trip – hope the trees put on a great show!


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