October 2016: Time at Share Six | Fort Collins Fine Art and Lifestyle Photographer

Time is this month’s theme at Share Six. I have wrestled with choosing a direction for this theme. My initial thoughts related to the seasons – the various times that cycle annually. Since I couldn’t photograph the whole year in a month, I continued to brainstorm. I thought about our daily routines at home: the distinct things that happen each and every day. But my schedule hasn’t allowed me to capture a day in the life well lately, either. I finally settled on this particular Time of the year, Fall, as well as this Time in my life and related priorities.

Until recent years, I have dreaded Fall. I didn’t actually dislike Fall at all, but I looked ahead and dreaded the limited daylight hours (along with some other perceived downers) of Winter, instead of living in the moment. In recent years, I have prioritized shifting my life perspective to a more optimistic one. Somewhere post-college, I became rather “glass half empty.” It may be a long battle to wake up sunny every day, but it will be worth the sweet victory when I achieve it. Instead of loathing Fall, for Winter’s impending arrival, I now appreciate Fall for what it is. All we have is this moment, with no further guarantees, and I think losing loved ones and having children have been great life lessons on the matter.

Everywhere I have lived has truly seasonal weather. However, never have I experienced such distinct seasonal shifts in the culture and activities as I do here in our new-ish home state of Colorado. Our conversations and activities are rarely about work or deadlines. They are about how we enjoyed the weekend, the weather, and the outdoorsy lives we are blessed with here. We don’t hunker down and hibernate in Winter, just trying to get through and make it until Spring (well, until maybe that last month of it!). We get out and enjoy it, too. Even though I don’t ski (yet?!), the enthusiasm of so many friends here who live for it, brighten Winter a bit, as well. For all of these reasons, I now FEEL and EXPERIENCE the beauty and opportunities of each season more.

I love Fall. I love everything about it. It is my favorite season during which to photograph people. It is full of gorgeous colors, crisp air, and preparations for the next beautiful season, with its own identity. Fall is also a very introspective time of year for me. Winter is busy with holidays and indoor activities, as well as cold weather fun; Spring is energized with new life and buds, and anticipation; Summer is just plain BUSY with vacations and gardening, and fun… Then there’s Fall. For me, it’s a time when we have successfully survived first of the school year madness and hit a stride, and we can enjoy some weekend family time before the holidays suck us into their chaos. My family took a day trip this past weekend to one of the many nearby mountain areas we hadn’t yet explored. The day was full of beauty, peace, reflection, and discovery. These photos are from this Time in our lives: our time with young children, soaking up nature comfortably and easily before Winter sets in, quiet time reflecting on priorities and family, and a beautiful and peaceful hike to a Buddhist stupa nestled high up in golden aspen groves. I don’t always succeed in recognizing and celebrating it, but for all its shortcomings, this truly is a beautiful Time in my life.

Thank you so much for dropping by to see my take on Time! Now, please visit Sharleen N Stuart Photography to see her take on it, and continue the circle blog to view and comment on everyone’s work.

Please join us for this month’s theme by posting your Time images on the Facebook page at Share Six  and to the Instagram gallery by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_time.



6 thoughts on “October 2016: Time at Share Six | Fort Collins Fine Art and Lifestyle Photographer

  1. Tori these are gorgeous fall images and I love the time with your family. Like you I don’t like the shortening of the day. I hate driving home in the dark, but I have to be honest I really look forward to South Florida winters these days. I like to pretend it is cold 🙂 and wrap up. Hopefully I will be able to pull out the winter boots and put them on but I am not too optimistic. I love all your images but I think the one with your children and husband are my favorite.

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