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Two days ago it was summer, sunny and 92 degrees. We went for an after work swim in the lake. Yesterday it was fall, breezy and 70 degrees. We harvested the onions from the garden.

The in-between season has arrived. Summer has given its notice to vacate and fall is preparing to move in. The signs are everywhere. Some are subtle hints while others are in-your-face obvious.

Subtle signs:

  • Color shift. Nature is gently shifting from green to gold. Trees that were a Kodachrome green a month ago now have some golden tints.
  • Fewer hummingbirds. My fuschia plants attract hummingbirds throughout the summer. Visits by these little birds have dropped in recent weeks.
  • Less garden produce. Our garden is in transition as we tear out summer crops to make room for some winter ones. The winter garden will be smaller and we’ll rest some beds.

Obvious signs:

  • Less daylight. The time between sunrise and sunset is shrinking.
  • Parks and beaches are less crowded. The weather is till pleasant but fewer people are flocking to local parks, beaches and trails.
  • Back to School. Families with kids are busy preparing for the start of the new school year. Retailers are holding Back to School sales.

What signs have you noticed of summer’s impending departure and fall’s arrival?

 

 

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4 thoughts on “In Between: Shifting From Summer to Fall

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  2. Mrs. N

    Here in Japan the semi (cicadas) have gone silent and the suzumushi (bell crickets) have started begun their chorus. As I look out across the rice paddies the once emerald green fields have faded to yellow and soon… gold as the harvest nears. The stores have already stocked the “autumn leaf” decorated cans of beer!

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      1. Mrs. N

        Yes…true. When we lived in Saipan typhoons were always a part of our ” Autumn” even though we really didn’t gave an autumn. Here in Kyushu the rains herald the coming of autumn ( and summer).

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