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    Posted September 22, 2012 by
    San Francisco, California
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    Hello, fall

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    Fall Light


    I am a city dweller in Norther California. Our climate changes throughout the year are subtle and require no advance preparation; we do not need to retrieve parkas and boots from storage nor put up storm windows. Many transplants from the East Coast complain that we really have no seasons at all here in San Francisco. In our urban setting, except for the appearance of Halloween displays in stores and anxiety-inducing-back-to-school ads on TV, there are few if any visual cues from nature that announce the onset of fall. For the most part, we experience no fall colors nor bracing air from Canada that causes us to reach into a cedar chest for wool sweaters and scarves. But there is one exception, perhaps more noticeable to me as a photographer, and that is light the fall brings. Because I pay such close attention to the quality of light on a daily basis - to the harsh contrasts created by the midday sun, to the warm tones of dawn, and to the variations of shadows that creep toward blackness as the night advances - I feel the change in light as the earth's axis tilts, changing our orientation towards the Sun. This morning the first fall light brought its golden seasonal rendering to objects berthed and moored in the South Beach Marina.

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