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.
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.
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.
And when, on my morning commute, I come across the first of these….
….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But when I stopped at my local grocery store this week and the bins of watermelons had been replaced by a giant pile of these…
…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.