First to Fall

About this time every year, I notice that a certain tree in my back yard begins to drop its leaves. It always comes as a shock and makes me wonder if there’s something wrong with the tree.

Once I realize that this is part of its life cycle, I snap back to reality. Then I’m hit with the realization that my favorite season of the year won’t last forever.

We’re still a long way from long sleeves and frost. But that will happen.

Knowing that the window of warmth will eventually close focuses my attention on enjoying what I have now. When autumn does roll around I’ll be ready with my attire and hopefully with my camera.

This session with the blazing trees took place on a true Indian Summer day in Chesterfield, Missouri many Novembers ago.

Maybe this year will serve up something similar.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.