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For fall ?? It’s definitely here !! Almost literally overnight it seems to have arrived in this part of the country. We went from killer 90 + degree heat every day for weeks to the low 80’s and even 70’s with nights in the 40’s and 50’s instead of the 70’s. We’ve shut the air conditioning off and opened the windows and put the fans in them to pull in the cool night air which will keep the house cool the entire day. I spoke with my sister in Montana the other day and she said the same thing is happening there. She said their summer there this year was only about three weeks long. I know that when I was up there in May it was definitely still winter. It rained every day but one that I was there and I never once had a day when I didn’t have to wear not only a sweater but my jacket as well. My sister in Illinois says the same thing is happening there also so it seems to be spreading all across the country already.

I have been seeing signs of it for weeks I just didn’t want to believe it. Fall is always a nostalgic time of year for me. I don’t know why ~ it just feels that way for me. Possibly because I realize that with the waning of the year one more is almost over. I’ve seen winter clothes creeping into the stores. Fall decorations are appearing on shelves. One of the trees in a town near here is absolutely decked out in all of her fall glory with beautiful shades of reds and oranges. She’s the first one and must have been very eager because she’s been that way for at least three weeks now. The whole tree is just a glorious, almost breathtaking, sight. Others dotted around the countryside have hints of fall color. A patch of orange shades here in one tree, another of yellow shades down the block. The goldenrod is blooming and I have seen small patches of asters which grow wild here along the roadsides. Orion is ruling his traditional place in the sky once again. One of the most telling signs is that Tellico River and the falls are all but deserted. This is the time of year I love going up there the best because usually I have the place all to myself until spring rolls around. No eager tourists crowding the bridges and pull offs to take pictures. No screaming kids ~ and yes some of those screaming kids are my grandkids during the summer because it’s their favorite place for me to take them. Few Harley’s (and yes I like to ride) and screaming crotch rockets. Just the quiet sounds of the forest and river. No idiots trying to drive 50 in a 25 mile an hour speed zone and taking up both sides of the very narrow and winding road that follows the river. How do they see anything that way and don’t they have enough sense to realize how dangerous that it is ?? The only people at the “food shack” for the most part are locals. Fewer fisherman are standing hip deep in the river with the sun glinting off their hooks casting their lines. No canoes or kayaks except on the occasional weekend. There is less trash along the roadsides and river. I always take a trash bag with me whenever I go to pick up whatever I happen to see and always bring home a full bag (sometimes two !!) but in fall there is always less and less and the bags I bring are no longer full. I see very little of any other people and many more of the animals and insects that call it home. The fall colors have started here too with Indian paintbrush and wild joe pye that are in full bloom. They are covered with bees that seem to know the year is fading quickly and are eager to get the last of the nectar to make honey. There are no more tadpoles in the pools of water in the rocks. The seep down the mountain has stopped or slowed down enough just to keep things barely damp. The top of the falls are deserted with no one to hike to the top. I see the forest rangers a little more. The current forest rangers usually come to know me by sight very well because I usually go up several times a week. They wave and smile as they pass. They know the crazy lady with the towel and the trash bag that comes to put her feet in the water even in the dead of winter. It’s a place I go year round to refresh myself but that’s easier in the fall when I have it all to myself. It’s beauty and the solitude are very soothing to the soul as well as the mind.

I’m curious … what are the signs of fall for you in your part of the country ? What is it that signals to you that it is really here besides the obvious changing of the trees ?

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whisperingcomet

Sep 13 @ 8:15PM  
sorry puss, but i couldnt read all of that...bwi....

but i also feel fall in the air here, and you have the greatest legs
PinkToeNails

Sep 13 @ 8:31PM  
Like I said when I was at your house today, when that first pot of chili is simmering on the stove.... YUM!!!
I'm not ready for fall because that means winter is coming too... of course, spring is soon to follow too... that's my favorite time of year!
I like the cool nights but we still have pretty warm days. I like to spend the day in shorts but getting all snuggly at night with a blanket or warm jammies!! I hate hate hate shoes in the summer time but there's something about slipping some fuzzy socks on in the evenings when those tootsie's get a little cold.
I'm not ready to sweep the leaves from my decks 10 times a day tho
LadyRamRod

Sep 13 @ 8:52PM  
The leaves have been falling here all ready, i think mainly because we had a very dry summer and they were getting dry over a month ago, i don't think we are going to have a very colorful autum this year.
onehornytoad69

Sep 13 @ 8:53PM  
Damn!! I need some of that!!! (LIFE!)
lilofval

Sep 13 @ 9:01PM  
Thanks Comet !!
tassie1

Sep 14 @ 6:44AM  
officially our winter on the best side of the globe finished at the beginning of the month but its still remains wet and wild til the first week of december, which is when our springtime is officially replaced with summer.
then we will get one last overnight snow dump and with-in 48 hrs the temps start to soar and by christmas we're all laying around in shorts and t-shirts at the beach.

go on, wrap ya head around that concept

I personally hate winter and spring, its always rain or wind here and gets very depressing for 6 mths of the year. but one thing i do look forward to when springtime rolls around... new born lambs appear and I have a small tree planted in my front yard that has been there as an act of defiance all year for the last 3 or 4 yrs. for all of the year its this weedy looking , almost dead bunch of sticks about 3 ft tall...and then for two weeks of the year... all you see is the most amazing display of blossom flowers, no branchs, just a huge ball of blossom.
I'll even take a photo of it in the next cpl of weeks to share with you guys , the buds are just starting to open as I type.


dammit, duz this make me one of them ole fuddy duddys who ramble on about shit no-one wants to hear when all we're thinking about is sex on the brain.
sugarnspice005

Sep 14 @ 10:27AM  
First signs of fall around here besides the trees changing..first I notice the migratory birds start to flock. In this past week, I've seen the Canadian Geese flocking also. The hotel I work at goes from insanely busy to sudden quiet. I see less traffic on I-75, mostly locals on it now. My neighborhood gets quiet during the day with the kids back in school. And, I just love the cool, crisp evenings..having the windows open and enjoying natures air conditioning. Oh yeah, another sign...I notice the dogs getting their winter coats. So far, I haven't seen their coats thickening yet. Maybe that's a sign of a mild winter? I hope so!

Yeah, here in Michigan, it gets really quiet when Fall arrives. Like the state is getting ready to take it's Winter nap.
1bunny629

Sep 14 @ 2:25PM  
I just remembered how I know when the cold is coming...my feet get cold... ...I had to put socks on last night cause it was only 82.....
theSkwirl

Sep 14 @ 2:33PM  
Butterflies.. yup.. hundreds and thousands of butterflies.. all headed south for the winter.
KitKat25

Sep 15 @ 1:07PM  
Yes...I'm very much ready for fall...cuz it's my absolute favorite time of year.

B.C. didn't have long periods of relentless heat this summer (yes…we too have our share of 95 degree days)...and it's cooled off nicely over the past few weeks. No more air conditioning...and lots more rain...which is just the fall's calling card that it's on it's way to my neighborhood.

The fall season in B.C. is breathtaking with tons of photo opportunities. For at least a month...we are wowed by glorious colors of gold, oranges and reds. It's also when we start getting more and more rain. But even on the days it rains...I live for those magnificent colors.

Thanks for sharing a bit about your little corner of the world. I enjoyed the journey.

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