How cute is this little leaf? Believe it or not, Andy took this picture a week ago, right here in Kingston, when the first day of fall was a full month away!
Hints of the changing seasons give me mixed feelings- Autumn was always my favorite season when I was younger (perhaps that’s where my love of the color orange comes from!). I love pumpkins and squash- both photographing them and baking with them- I love how beautiful the trees and changing landscape are, the thunderstorms that create such dramatic skies and intensity in the air, how the temperature drops, serving as a nice respite between summer and winter….and oh, the apples! The Hudson Valley is a perfect spot for apple lovers: there are tons of orchards and opportunities to pick your own apples, along with hayrides, corn mazes, and amazingly delicious apple cider doughnuts.
And then there’s the bittersweet paradox: Seasonal Affective Disorder (somewhat comically, it’s abbreviated SAD), which is a sustained, lowered mood due to less hours of sunlight in the colder months. Every year, I get what you might call a not-very mild case of SAD, where I find it hard to appreciate the beauty of everything and everyone I love around me (exceptionally convenient if you already suffer from depression, let me tell you). Has this ever happened to you or anyone you know? Doesn’t it just stink?? So this year, I’m saying, Enough already! I want to enjoy the fall and play in the leaves! I want to go apple picking and look forward to baking for Thanksgiving. I want to go on some much-needed hikes in this gorgeous part of the country, especially in the next two months.
I’ve already started to feel some of the symptoms (anticipatory depression, my therapist said. joy!), which means I’ve already upped my daily Vitamin D intake and have been consistently getting up around 7:15 AM in order to get as much exposure to daylight as possible. I’m grateful for my increased awareness and knowledge of what’s to come, as well as for my unfailingly supportive husband, Andy 🙂
In the meantime, I think some apple crisp baking is on the horizon!
*Thanks to Andy Milford for the top three photos.
Perhaps you’d like to read more about the things I talked about in this post? Click on:
- Best of Hudson Valley 2011: Food and Drink
- Find an Apple Farm Anywhere in New York State
- New York Times articles on Seasonal Affective Disorder
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. —Albert Camus
There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer. —Barbara Kingsolver