Autumn recently arrived according to the calendar. A few days later weather here cooled and it felt like Autumn. I was able to wear jeans and was starting to break out the blankets and long sleeves. And then this week happened.
Back to temperatures in the 90+ degree range. My mood was thrown into a place of unhappiness and discontent. This is unusual for me so naturally I wanted to know why I was so affected by that change in weather.
It turns out our brains use our circadian rhythms and the length of day to synchronize with the seasons. So basically the length of available daylight is still becoming shorter, but the temperature was in alignment with what we expect with shorter days. Our circadian rhythms are driven by exposure to light.
So my rhythm is responding to the change in daylight and I am expecting cooler temperatures to go with this. I will continue to get myself and my home ready for the cooler weather because I know soon it will come and stay.
I was in my local Trader Joe's grocery store last week when I spotted these gorgeous orange Calla Lilies. For the record Trader Joe's has the best selection of cut flowers at the best prices of almost anywhere. I often go there looking for floral gems.
As I set about photographing these lovelies I realized it was the first day of September. Soon fall will be upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, Where has summer gone?
Personally I love the colors of fall. All the vibrant earth tones are part of my favorite color palette, with orange being my favorite. They are colors that you will find in my closet.
Orange is a stimulating color. It is vibrant and powerful, but lacks the aggressiveness of red. Surrounding yourself with orange can enhance your level of happiness and confidence. It is also the color of creativity.
Orange works well with blue as the compliment each other. Since blue is not one of my favorite colors I rarely use the two together. If you want to feel more joy, warm, creativity, and balance in your life surround yourself with orange.
Orange is often a love it or hate it color. Where do you stand?
First I want to thank everyone that participated in the survey in last weeks blog. In that survey I asked if your bedroom colors were warm and cozy or cool and calm.
I was completely surprised by the results. Although the overall number taking the survey was small, 80% of you said that your bedroom colors were warm and cozy. I was expecting the opposite!
In honor of all the warm and cozy bedrooms out there I am sharing this photograph of an elegant orange and yellow rose that would be perfect for that warm-toned bedroom.
Can you imagine what your world would be like if you couldn't see color? Your entire world would be in gray-scale. Try putting together a wardrobe of decorating your home not knowing how it really looked!
I recently watched a TED talk by a man that had a condition where he could not see color. Listening to him I realized how fortunate I am that my world is colorized and that most people see the world as I do.
I have written in the past about how colors vibrate, each on their own wave length. Through technology, the gentleman from the TED talk, Neil Harbisson, wears a special device that sees colors through their vibrations and converts to a tone that can be heard. Neil now recognizes colors by their tone or vibration, but he still can't see colors to know what they really look like.
While I am immensely grateful for being able to see the world in color, I am intrigued by the idea of hearing colors. I wonder if what I am wearing today vibrates harmoniously. What about my home? The colors I have are pleasing, they accent and complement each other, but would they be heard as a pleasant tune? Can you imagine hearing what your rooms might sound like? It is an interesting thought isn't it decorating by sound.
If you would like to listen to the TED talk you can do so here.
Today I offer you the same photograph in color and also black and white. Each offers it's own appeal. Which would you choose for your home? Both are available for purchase by clicking on the image.
Yes, I am thankful everyday to those of you that take the time to visit and read my blog.
I am especially thankful to those of you that have purchased from me as that helps to put food on the table and pay the bills.
Blessings to all of you in the United States as you celebrate Thanksgiving. And blessings to all of you worldwide as you go about your daily lives; you are all appreciated.
The beginning of September heralds the end of summer and the start of Autumn here in the northern hemisphere. This brings with it the promise of the bright reds, yellows and oranges of the season.
I have often wondered if there is a reason for the bright colors of Autumn. Red, orange and yellow are all warm colors. They vibrate with happiness and warm feelings. I wonder if their purpose is to gives us an overload for us to store away to recall during the dark, cold days of winter. Like a squirrel with acorns, we store away memories of those colors and the delicious feelings we had when seeing nature bathed in them.
We are fortunate that we can savor these colors in our homes long after they have left Mother Nature. As we start our way into the cooler months consider ways to bring these warm happy colors into your home. One way for me is the photograph of the path into the woods featured here. I look at it and can remember the walk, the warmth of the sun and the smells of Autumn all year long.
When properly used color in your home can bring the desired energy into play. Adding color is easy and it's easy to change out as you choose. Why not play with color and change out little pieces until you find what really works for you.
Although it is still August I noticed a couple of days ago that the evenings and mornings had a bit of that Autumn feeling in the air. It must have made an impression in my mind since I put on an orange top that morning without even thinking about it.
Autumn brings out the Orange in me. Orange is the color of curiosity and exploration. It's vibrations enhance our creativity. As an artist I find that I get some of my best ideas when I am in a warm Orange environment. Because of this I will deliberately surround myself with orange when I feel in a rut and a need for new ideas. It is also a social color as it can promote good conversations and enjoyable times. In Feng Shui it represents the fire element. I think the image featured with this post relates well to that fire element. What do you think? Does the photograph make you think of fire?
As Summer fades into Autumn can there be a better time to bring that warming color palette into yur home? Add some touches of this beautiful energy and see how it makes you feel when you walk into the room.
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.