Today’s featured photograph is a seasonal still life celebrating the harvest in the Northern Hemisphere. In my mother tongue, the translation of still life is “natureza morta”. “Natureza morta”, in turn, means “dead nature”. Although the winter is short here in the Central Valley of California, and definitely not very cold, life seems mostly dead after the harvest, through January.
I grew up in a tropical country with only two seasons, wet season and dry season. The wet season is the summer, when it rains way more than the earth can absorb. The dry season is the winter, when it rains less.
California has five seasons, an entomology professor once told me: winter, spring, summer, autumn and fly. Fly season is sometime in the end of summer when flies find their way into the house no matter what. All five seasons here now are dry
Yes, there is autumn in California, although not as exuberant as back east. Among the prevalent colors here during this beautiful season, orange is my favorite. A visit to the pumpkin patch this month yielded lots of orange color, a few future pies, photographs, great fun, and the “natureza morta” above.