Well, needless to say, we here in Vancouver are truly verifying to ourselves (and to anyone in the world who may be interested) that we do indeed still live in one of the last Coastal Temperate Rainforests on the planet. It is still wet and wacky out my window, and the color-scheme is a not-so-lively gray-on-gray. As usual, my sincere prayers go out to all in the vicinity who suffer from any degree of clinical-type depression, or are troubled with Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), which for those of you who aren’t quite sure, is a type of depression that has symptoms which, according to the Mayo Clinic, “start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody“. I do understand that S.A.D. can be treated quite successfully at times with something as non-invasive as “light therapy”, the act of sitting in front of the proper kind of lighting for a prescribed period each day, but still, this kind of continual dreary weather is almost guaranteed to exacerbate the symptoms connected to the types of conditions that I listed above. My own personal way of combating the effects of too much wet weather (which I don’t really dislike) or gray skies (which I DO dislike when it lasts too long) is to put as much color in front of my eyes as possible. This has nothing to do with LSD (I heard that snicker), just my photographs, and it’s the main reason I keep such ready access to them.
So since I showed you a couple single plants that I grew on my balcony last summer in my previous post, I thought I would show you the whole group of my balcony plants in a couple shots this time. So these are the “guys and the gals” that kept me company on all those nice warm summer evenings last year, while I sat on my balcony writing, or listening to tunes, or maybe even sanding down a piece of wood that I was refinishing for someone. So meet my friends, counselors, advisors, and harshest critics (you may have to click on the pictures – and see the enlarged version – if you wish to meet the smallest of the company, but that’s why I chose this particular format anyway). In the meantime, stay safe, healthy and happy, and if you see any stray sunshine, please send it my way.