Light in October
In September, Autumn feels like a vacation from Summer. The cooler weather and softer light are both refreshing.
At a certain point in October, though, it starts to feel as if you are preparing to leave a beloved place.
The sun is so low in the sky that even the middle of the day feels like just before dusk.
Still, it is unwise to give in to seasonal melancholy. (I wonder if it is true that northern peoples are more given to depression.)
The soft light makes the fall colors shine. This year there is more fall color than usual at the end of October.
We are also sustained by the many holidays and festivals that occur during the shortest days of the year.
A few days in California or Mexico, if you can afford it, wouldn’t hurt either.
We cannot begrudge the earth its rest. Gardeners also need time off from the garden. I cannot imagine the life of a gardener where there is no winter. Sounds exhausting.