Weekend Wrap-up / Inktober Day 9 (Pressure): Feels like Fall

This is the best steam I have drawn (just sayin’)

All previous drawings: https://linesbyleon.com/inktober/


Weekend Wrap-up: Feels like Fall

What does fall feel like? Not like spring, that’s for sure.

In spring, the sun rises and sets along the same celestial path as it will six months later, but in fall, you can feel the summer warmth being pushed out of the way.

I don’t have a favorite season—they all have their charms.

From my blog this week:

Free Book Friday / Inktober Day 8 (Watch): Looking out for #1? Right here. – Made it to #1 on Amazon (well the free category)

Thursday Thoughts / Inktober Day 7 (Fan): Opinion Media

Weird Wednesday / Inktober Day 6 (Spirit): Not-so-Super Superpowers – What’s yours?

Tuesday Tirade / Inktober Day 5 (Raven): Amazon’s Algorithms – Oh, the ongoing joy…

Inktober Day 4 / Monday Musings: Pictures at an Exposition

From the blogs of others:

#FineArtFriday: The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft Which Can Be Used As a Table by Salvador Dalí, 1934 (revisited) – I have never seen this painting before. I like it.

On the doom and gloom side:

Electric Cars: More About What They Don’t Tell You

An Excess of…Population

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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The Changing of the Seasons

Repost from 9/29/2020 – I thought I would add this before the snow fell. I looked out my window this morning. Too late.

As I sit here writing, I can see the leaves—that have already changed color—falling in a cascade of hues, from brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows. It makes me think about the upcoming months.  
 
Not everyone experiences the changes in the same way. I suppose that, in a way, I’m lucky. I get to see four distinct seasons, each with its own charms and annoyances. There is something about a cool fall day, with the sun providing a wave of warmth, once the wind dies down, that makes you feel that the year is winding to a close. Fall weather feels like fall weather. That is, even though the sun is over the same latitude as it is in spring, it seems just a little bit cooler. Probably because we have gotten used to the warm/hot summer temperatures. In the fall, temperatures that force us to don long sleeves are the same temperatures in the spring that make us stand in the snow with shorts and a t-shirt.
 
If you live in the higher latitudes, you get those wonderful long days of summer, when the sun stays up late and outdoor activities seem to just keep going. Ever go golfing at 9 PM? It’s pretty sweet. Going to bed is often a challenge since the lingering twilight can mess with your internal clock. Whether you are a night owl or a morning person, those twelve-plus hours of daylight are going to make you happy.
 
Spring always has that sense of renewal or rebirth, as it awakens from its hibernation. Humanity seems to creep slowly out of its shelters, pallid faces soaking up the sun’s rays. There is nothing like seeing the new leaves and flowers bringing color back to the world. My one annoyance about spring? Pick up your dog’s poop, people! I even see it in its little bags, tucked into snowbanks. Oh, and the slush.
 
I have written several poems on the environment, so here is a poem from my book, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures:
 
Cycle
 
The first snow covers up the grime
The dirt fights through a bit at a time
 
A battle of earth and sky
Who will win and who will die?
 
Spring washes the battleground
Rain washes the warrior found
 
Summer pushes up the green
Blanketing evidential sights unseen
 
Fall sheds the season’s growth
Leaving skeletons, nature’s ghosts
 
 
What about winter, you ask? Well, ask me to write about it in January…-

– Leon