|Autumn arrives tomorrow! The vine maples of the PNW are already dressed for the party.|
With the arrival of the autumnal equinox at 7:21 PST tomorrow morning, we'll officially bid farewell to summer 2016 and welcome autumn, with its promise of cooler weather, changing leaves, foggy mornings and shortening days. We've gotten a preview of this already here in western Washington, as summer appears to have made an early "unofficial" exit. It seems as though the trees have decided to drop their leaves early this year, and the migratory barn swallows vacated our barn weeks ago, leaving the dusty rafters vacant and silent.
This film from Nature 365 reminded me of the quintessential autumn morning in the rural Snoqualmie Valley where I grew up; every morning the bus carried us through farmland socked in with thick fog, dew-coated spiderwebs waved in the tall grasses as the bus blew past, and a huge orange sun rose through the haze - haze thick enough that you could actually look right at the sun without hurting your eyes. I was always amazed at how enormous that sun is.
Have you seen signs of the changing season? What autumn memories come to mind at the sight of fog or falling leaves?