This year, our fall colors were full and seemed to extend longer than usual. Without asking permission of my rehab team, I decided that at least a few brief explorations of the autumn foliage would be therapeutic. I felt guilty about canceling my annual fall foliage weekend workshop and decided that, as an apology, I would get together with those who had already signed up for a friendly morning shoot to some of my favorite local foliage locations. My weekend workshops can be exhausting, but I had a great time with friends exploring one of our perfect autumn days. We covered a surprisingly wide range of sites and, despite the fact that we didn’t get back until about 3PM, I required only a short nap to recover.
|Farm Pond, Reading Vermont|
The fall colors were great, and despite a general paucity of snow, the winter has provided the usual photographic opportunities, but my daughter has provided a miraculous distract of an entirely different kind.
The "Bear Cub"
Our first grandchild, Owen Emerson Bryant was born on October 6th. Despite his impressive name, the little “bear cub” came crashing into the world at only 5Lbs 13 Oz, but he has filled out nicely. Obviously, he has filled us with an abundance of excitement and pride – especially Susan, who has for years been desperate for a grandchild. It has been wonderful to follow Owen’s early development and watch our daughter transform into an amazing mother. Of course, I must mention that our son-in-law Grayson has been an equally loving and dotting father.
It should be obvious what will be consuming my time, and my pixels, over the next few years, to perhaps several decades. Abby and Grayson live a little less than 2 hours away and we will continue to search for any excuse visit our grandson. You must agree that the harried parents deserve a night off, or perhaps a day or two.
I am sure I will continue to commune with the unique beauty of New England and, since Abby and Grayson don’t want their child to become fodder for Facebook’s media mill, I will be restricting my postings to mountains, trees and such.
|Mandatory Jenne Farm View, Reading Vermont|
It will drive me crazy, but I promised to be good - at least until Owen graduates from Dartmouth!