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Things are a Changin’: Late Summer

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Monday morning I set out early to photograph the Seattle Tilth garden and the Good Shepherd P-Patch . The weather was changing as I was meandering around. By the time I reached this whirligig, the wind was blowing pretty hard. It’s legs started flying every-which-way and it was spinning around wildly. The weird thing was, no matter where I stood, it ended up pointing directly at me. Seriously.

tilth61 of 129 I know it was probably just the direction of the wind and call me crazy but I took this as a sign. The truth is I’ve been feeling a lot like a roadrunner — I definitely need to take a deep breath, slow down and enjoy the rest of the summer. It’s not like I’ve been over-exercising or anything but sometime during the summer, I jumped onto what feels like those moving walkways they have in airports, speeding me to my next location.

According to Five Elements Acupuncture this is the season known as Late Summer. Five Elements acupuncturists always advocate eating with the season and this is the easiest time of the year to achieve that. Enjoying fresh food takes very little effort now with the Farmers Markets overflowing with loads of recently harvested produce. If you have your own garden or p-patch, chances are you have plenty to choose from.

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The other part of nourishing yourself is taking time to appreciate and having gratitude for all you have. Slowing down gives you (and your body) a chance to assimilate and enjoy this unique time of year.

I started walking a little more slowly, trying to look closely and take in all of the beauty the garden had to offer. Okay, I’ll admit that I can’t go past a poppy without close examination and taking a few photos, even when I’m in a hurry. But this time the feeling stayed with me.

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I consulted with the wise and wonderful acupuncturist, April Hulvershorn, about Late Summer to find out when it starts and ends. She replied, ” For us, none of the seasons have dates, they are a bit different every year – I go by the feel, the light, the sensory cues. We just entered Late Summer here in Seattle – some clues are local ripe blackberries, the light comes from a different angle, it smells different outside. You can feel that the energy is starting to descend. People are just starting to think about fall and winter. Late Summer often lasts until October.”

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By the end of my walk, I had put on my jacket and the rain was just starting — a preview of the months ahead. Yes, it definitely feels like Late Summer to me.

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