Changing Slowly

A little yellow mixed in with the greens of summer.


There is finally a little different feeling in the air. The air itself doesn’t feel like a hot, wet, wool blanket draped over everything in sight. And, when you are standing or sitting in shade, you actually feel cooler than when you are in direct sunlight.

That’s a big deal.

During the height of summer, it doesn’t matter where you try to hide, the air temperature always feels the same. Hot. Wet. Goopy.

I just wish the fine folks at the local news stations could understand this. All they talk about is numbers. Record highs and so on. Yes. They are right. Our normal highs for this time of the year are around 80 degrees. Our current highs are around 90 degrees or a little higher.

They don’t discuss how the air actually feels. They don’t discuss the dropping humidity. They don’t discuss the need not to take four showers a day. They don’t discuss how pleasant it is to walk in the morning. Sheesh, even the dogs understand that. They want to stay out longer and walk further. That’s good. For them. For me.

That seems to be one of the biggest problems today. You are either all in or all out. There are blacks. There are whites. No shades of gray. No fine shadings of context. I contend that we need to get back to looking at something more holistically. I don’t care what the subject may be. Look at it from all sides.

That’s how I work photographically. I may not push the shutter button a lot these days. But, I study the subject so that I don’t have to do that. I’d rather not have to do a lot of development and postproduction.

That’s how this picture was made. I’d seen the leaves starting to change, but they weren’t quite right for my purposes. So I held back. I was patient when patience isn’t my strong suit. Finally, I was able to make yellow surrounded by green. I’ll return again, and again as the yellows and reds take over. And, when the leaves are finally ready for raking.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

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