I love these crisp and clear early fall mornings. I went straight from my morning workout at Fredericksburg Fitness to Blackstone Coffee for veggie quiche and café au lait. Then I drove to Snead’s Farm in nearby Caroline County. I made it there by 9am just as they opened for the day. I was greeted by Mr. Snead himself, and he welcomed both me and my camera.
The farm is laid out like a patchwork quilt with blocks of sunflowers, pumpkins, Christmas trees, pasture for horses and cows and sheep, and play areas for children. With flowers and gardens as testimonials to the farmer’s care and chilly breezes connecting me to the change of seasons, I looked deep into myself to my place in this world. Streaming sunlight and dewy grass illuminated my path as I wandered the sashings and borders of the farm.
In past years, I’ve taken the obligatory pictures of the pumpkin patch and the sunflowers facing sunshine. It feels really good now to know that it’s okay to take the pictures that interest me, and to let go of the feeling I should take pictures to document the farm experience. I am not a photojournalist telling the story of “Pumpkin Day,” but rather a woman living in praise of both sunshine and shadows.