Dark tones are coming

Dark tones are coming

The Art of Adventure - Bruce Percy

It's that time of year again, where the first hints of autumn are appearing. For me, living in the Scottish city of Edinburgh, that means a sudden fall in daylight hours. Where only a few weeks ago the sun would shine until 11pm, darkness pervades my evenings by 9pm now.

I find the shorter days to be a signal that the tones in the landscape are shifting towards darker registers. To a more mysterious realm of the visible spectrum.

With this shift in daylight hours, comes a mood, a feeling that I'm sure we all recognise. Perhaps you know what I am talking about? As I've just always assumed that we all have an understanding of how the changes in the seasons affect us on an emotional level.

I think there is great mystery in the more earthy tones of autumn and winter, and in the changes of light levels as the summer is replaced by lower light days, as the sun is glimpsed fleetingly through overcast autumn skies.

This is why I love Iceland, and why I love Patagonia, as well as many of the other places I visit each year on my workshop schedule. They all have common tonal responses that I am familiar with. Their weather patterns may be similar to that of Scotland's, and their tonal palettes draw parallels to my own experiences of my homeland. 

It may be that wherever I go, through similarities in tonal responses and colour palettes,  I'm looking for somewhere that I already know.