I can’t help it; we’ve just passed into spring but there was snow falling all day yesterday and I’ve been playing with images from the other side of the orbit. My appreciation for these two sections of the orbit that we call spring and fall equinox increases with each year. It’s a time of balance–something that is so lacking during winter’s press or summer’s extravagance. Light equals dark. Desire always fuels my springtime investigations; despair (relief?) dogs my autumn excursions. Maybe it’s just emotion, maybe it’s just the reality of falling headlong into another school year, but if I give any seasons short-shrift in my field notebooks, it’s autumn. So yesterday when the snow kept me inside, I pulled out my file of reference photos and field sketches from Autumn in the Thompson River Valley. It’s palette is not unlike that of spring. I may be paying attention to the wrong side of the orbit, but at least the colours resonate with those just emerging from the snow.