I’m on day 7 of my third creative staycation. Instead of taking a traditional vacation or even a traditional staycation, I took time off work and stayed home to catch up on artistic projects. (I have more vacation time than my partner, so I would have taken time off without him regardless; I chose to take advantage of the time for my own projects.)
I recommend a creative staycation for pushing through creative blocks or making progress on creative projects that require a lot of energy or a long period of concentrated time.
For me, summer ends when the mornings start to darken. The moody mornings signify fall. I’ve created a playlist with the ethereal darkness of early fall mornings, the sharpness of breath-steaming cool, the mute acceptance of the inevitable change in seasons. Glittery synthpop, mournful electronica, dark rock, atmospheric indie and orchestral pop.
Listen to the early fall Cascadia Inspired mix on Spotify (free, requires program): Darkening Mornings
After four years of living in the Seattle area, I finally made it to Mount Rainier this weekend. We were in time for the tail end of the wildflowers, enjoying aster, indian paintbrush, lupine, and others. Enjoy this photo tour of late summer at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park.