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Darmok
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25 Sep 2016, 8:35 pm

(This is a counterpart for the Signs of Spring thread: viewtopic.php?t=308019 Antipodeans can post over there now if they wish.)

Feel free to post autumnal apparitions as they appear in your neighborhood this season.

First frost warning overnight tonight.

Song at the Beginning of Autumn
Elizabeth Jennings

Now watch this autumn that arrives
In smells. All looks like summer still;
Colours are quite unchanged, the air
On green and white serenely thrives.
Heavy the trees with growth and full
The fields. Flowers flourish everywhere.

Proust who collected time within
A child’s cake would understand
The ambiguity of this—
Summer still raging while a thin
Column of smoke stirs from the land
Proving that autumn gropes for us.

But every season is a kind
Of rich nostalgia. We give names—
Autumn and summer, winter, spring—
As though to unfasten from the mind
Our moods and give them outward forms.
We want the certain, solid thing.

But I am carried back against
My will into a childhood where
Autumn is bonfires, marbles, smoke;
I lean against my window fenced
From evocations in the air.
When I said autumn, autumn broke.


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25 Sep 2016, 8:57 pm

The weather's getting cooler.


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25 Sep 2016, 9:35 pm

I'm getting dry skin. :skull:


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25 Sep 2016, 9:59 pm

It's getting dark earlier.


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26 Sep 2016, 12:48 am

the bull elk are coming down from the mountains,
tearing bark off the trees with their 1.5 meter tall antlers
and crazed about the mating season.

they are usually alone, but now join small herds of cows and calves.
they will pick a fight with anything and any animal to show dominance.

it is autumn and the rut is afoot.
as a hiker, i allow them a wide berth.



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26 Sep 2016, 10:30 am

Tannin smell from leaves in the air.
Toads out hopping in the dust at dusk.
Mushrooms,I just harvested a basket of Coral Mushrooms.yum.
Asters blooming.
Needing a blanket at night.
Lots of spiders making webs.
Crickets.
Time to stargaze with a nice hot toddy.
Burning brush piles.
Tourists piling into town for the fall colors.


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26 Sep 2016, 12:04 pm

My allergies stopped. I am relieved.

The smell is the one of winter, not autumn for some reasons.


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26 Sep 2016, 12:59 pm

Cool outside. It actually felt a little chilly.


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26 Sep 2016, 1:59 pm

Squirrels building their winter nests high up in the oak trees.


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26 Sep 2016, 2:24 pm

I put the heating on for the first time today.

Also swapped our usual Monday walk in the great outdoors for a day inside playing games and reading books. It's not too cold/wet to be outside - not at all - but I have problems with the initial adjustment and so for the first cold day it's best that I adapt by staying indoors and getting used to things.

I made the short trip to the shop and the winter coat was appropriate for the first time, so I am now mentally ready for the cold weather and can begin to enjoy it.



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26 Sep 2016, 2:47 pm

ArielsSong wrote:
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On the bat’s back I do fly
After summer merrily.


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26 Sep 2016, 2:48 pm

It's been raining a lot lately. The sky is getting dark sooner.


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26 Sep 2016, 4:56 pm

ArielsSong wrote:
I put the heating on for the first time today.

It's time to dress for fall.


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26 Sep 2016, 11:43 pm

Darmok wrote:
ArielsSong wrote:
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On the bat’s back I do fly
After summer merrily.


:) :salut:



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27 Sep 2016, 6:07 pm

Literal signs in small towns planning fall festivals.

First fire of the season in the fireplace, with cats happily cleaning themselves and napping in front.