Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Are you sure it’s the end of summer?


Scott asked us to define the end of summer in photos.  What defines the end of summer for each of us?  You can join the fun because this assignment isn’t due until Wednesday at midnight.  Tell us what means the end of summer to you!  Meanwhile, come along and see my own transition to fall.   (Remember to click on the photos to see more detail.)

When I see that first leaf changing  on an otherwise green tree I usually rationalize that the tree is sick.  Or the leaf change is early because of the drought.  It’s not possible that summer is beginning the slippery slide into fall.  Certainly not yet.

The first bits of red.

As the light changes, becoming lower in the late afternoon sky, I appreciate the intense color and try not to think about what it all might mean.

The last of summer’s sun.

When the first bit of goldenrod begins to nod along the road and the asters bloom in brilliant purple I can still convince myself that there are weeks of warm weather ahead.

Purple compliments the season.

And when, on my morning commute, I come across the first of these….

The big yellow.

….I still rationalize.  Some school districts start early.   Don’t they?

But when I stopped at my local grocery store this week and the bins of watermelons had been replaced by a giant pile of these…

Getting ready for Halloween!

…well.  Even I have to admit that these indicate summer has fled.  Fall is here, it’s time to quit fooling myself.  Until next year.  Because I’ll just know the reason those trees  turned so soon is because of the drought.

I’m sure of it.

Say goodbye to summer.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

20 thoughts on “Are you sure it’s the end of summer?

  1. Bring on the cider donuts!


  2. Beautifully written! I love your photo of the cosmo – just gorgeous!


  3. Yes Mommy saw Pumpkins in the grocery store too and thought — what — already. Guess she is still trying to hang on to summer.


  4. I love summer but I love those yellowish and orangish colours of autumn a lot too!

    Beautiful pictures!


  5. I LOVE Fall! Other than the shortened days, of course. And the prospect of winter. But yeah, I’m glad this summer is over, with its drought and heat.


    • I’ve been sort of anxious for this summer to be over too. Especially worried about young trees we planted 2 years ago…just not enough water, even with us watering every night.


  6. Your commentary is as good as the pictures and carried me right along. Thank you, Dawn!


  7. Superb photos and good writing. Your Fall is going to be just beautiful ! Thanks for sharing mood and images.


  8. I am still hoping summer lingers. Unfortunately, there was something that looked like ice on the windshield the other day. Your photos are lovely.


  9. I’m having a hard time making the rounds to see these end of summer photos, despite the fact that I have come to accept it is well and truly autumn. I love how you’ve chosen to present your photos – you tell the story exactly how many of us think of it.


  10. You’re superb at rationalization. 😉 Nice photos on the theme, too.


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  12. I just loved this. I pride myself on rationalization, but I must acknowledge a superior sensibility at work here. Time to go fishing.


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