Autumn Balance


The Equinox has come and gone, and yet summer light lingers on in soft warm pools. Shimmering within translucent pink petals, and in long streaks between the shadows. The light is low and long, reaching in and below awareness, touching surprising angles, and all the time winter is hovering at the edges. In the mornings the light is too thin to keep the mist and frost at bay, and slowly the summers flowers are falling into decay. Look closely and you will see the unraveling edges of the year, and yet in the full bright light of midday, summers beauty still holds sway.

late summer flowersย The bees and butterflies stumble on between flowers, nectar drunk beyond caring that the balance of the year has tipped. Drinking in this dream laced light we might forget too, that winter is brooding within the dark heart of the deepening shadows. She is patient and can wait for this last flurry of petals and perfume. But the balance has tipped and there is more darkness than light in the day, and we lit candles last night for the first time since Spring. All good things must come to an end, to make way for the next wave of beauty and change, but just for a week or two it’s as though we have held off the turning of the year. ย Lost in a dream of endless summer light…..

…..we almost forget that we need balance. To dip into winters darkness sweetens the growing light of spring to come. Like the flowers we can regather our energies and reserves as we turn inwards into winters quiet space to think, emerging refreshed and ready to grow again once winter passes. The balance lies in the soft steady rythm of the change. Can you embrace the balancing act or will you resist?

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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58 Responses to Autumn Balance

  1. Andrew Seal says:

    Pure magic Seonaid. Memorable in every way: the poetry of your words and the beauty of your images. I am saving this to enjoy and revisit in the winter months ahead. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Love this post of fading summer, love the flowers and the melancholy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Robin says:

    Another beautiful, magical post, Seonaid. I’m not sure which paints the prettier picture — your words or your images. This is my favorite time of year, and I always look forward to this shift towards winter. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I love it too as the colours shift and the light gets soft and low…delighted you liked the weaving of words and images. They were taken and dreamt on a walk through the local Vogrie Estate

  4. Great reminder and beautiful images! Wishing you a lovely weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. pommepal says:

    A lovely delicate ode to the changing season and the fading blossoms of summer.

  6. Suzanne says:

    I really enjoyed this post – such beautiful photos and such soulful words.

  7. ladyfi says:

    Wow – that is so gorgeous! Still so summery,

  8. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’m afraid I’m compelled to resist for now !

  9. Such stunning late summer images, Seoaid! I’ve been living for many years in places where there is almost no difference to be noticed between the changing seasons. I think I’m missing something besides the cold winter weather. Beautiful post as always.

    • Thanks so much, lovely to hear you enjoyed the post and the images….that soft low light makes my heart ache slightly with its beauty each time I see it.
      I do love the constant steady rhythm of change as the seasons roll around, I think it soothes me somehow. I know I would miss it, despite the drawbacks of short days and little heat, winter brings its own enchantments and wonders…frozen puddles and frosted leaves, snow and slow drifting freezing fog….and of course we have all of the glory of autumns colours yet to come ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Absolutely beautiful photos. I love the way you combine the photos with thoughts.

    • Thanks Madeline, I can never stick or either words or images…they inspire each other in my head. Delighted you enjoyed the mix, and thanks for taking the time to let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. John Northcutt Young says:

    Wow! Seonaid, your pictures threw me off balance—they are wonderful.

    • Thanks John, I’m delighted that they’ve made an impact….the light was deliciously soft, and I did have to do a rather strange contortion over the top of a rose bush….but all worth it for such lovely comments as this ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Leya says:

    So beautiful and dreamy, the angle and light awesome. I love those anemonies too – their soft colours and sweet faces. I have always been aware of the need of seasons to appreciate life….and this year I am able to slow down and feel…My year off is so essential…trying to find my balance again. I think I’m on my way – and your posts are making me feel even better.

  13. poppytump says:

    Late season sunlight hours as you’ve shown have given us a beautiful lead into Autumn Seonaid.
    PInk anenomes ? I have a humble clump still giving a show ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Enjoy your harvest bounty in all ways !

  14. restlessjo says:

    No-one resists it harder than me! ๐Ÿ™‚ And yet…
    This morning I found a Polish poem all about Autumn in my Inbox and I loved it. I may yet incorporate it on the blog. We’ll see. Meantime, I was blown away by your wonderfully abandoned flowers, Seonaid. However did you get that huge one to display like that? I love it! I felt a bit like a drunken bee myself. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Autumn to you! (I followed you here from Gilly’s- another poet par excellence)

    • Oh Jo don’t tell me after all these years you’re finally growing to love Autumn ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s been such a gloriously lit one this year though I’m sure it’s converted many previous resistors! I love Gilly haikus, so inspiring, and must get back to writing them again myself!

      • restlessjo says:

        I’ve always loved the colours- how can you not? But we spent the first half of this week engulfed in fog and I just know what’s coming! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Glorious today though. I’m off out to enjoy!

      • Yeah, winter is waiting patiently in the wings to make her entry , so we must enjoy every last drop of summer light ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. MLou says:

    Love the photos! I love your perspective…..takes my breath away…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh how lovely to hear, and I found my breath s bit swept away with the beauty too๐Ÿ˜ƒ The angle did require a rather challenging bend over the top of an especially prickly rose bush๐Ÿ˜…

  16. Lovely images, lovely light, lovely words.

  17. SAN_jeet says:

    gorgeous pictures

  18. gwynnrogers says:

    Ohhh, I am SO READY for Autumn. I love the brisk breezy days, yet the sun shines to tantalize us. For me, the early evening darkness gives me a sense of peace. The change of seasons is so tantalizing for me. My skin and hair coloring are accentuated by Spring and Autumn colors so this time of year makes me glow! Thanks for your fantastic pictures and your delightful message! Happy Autumn!

    • It’s a stunning time of year isn’t it Geynn, and I love the idea or you glowing beautifully in Spring and Autumn ๐Ÿ™‚
      There is something about slowly coming to rest as the days shorten and the work is mostly finished in the garden…however this year the harvest just keeps coming ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m surrounded by trees groaning with apples, and green beans still pouring into the the beanpoles….and don’t even start me on the soft fruit, especially the raspberries !!!

  19. Glorious photos. Love that exquisite lavender color.

  20. Amy says:

    What a glorious light capture! Beautiful details of the second one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Glorious perspectives there Seonaid! Love the light through the petals ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Perhaps we ar eternally returning to balance…. A fine pair of posts! Thank you!

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