Well, it’s official. Yesterday was the last day of summer and today is the first day of autumn! The stunning photograph above was taken by Tiffany’s father, Joel, while on a recent family trip to Kansas. Click here to explore the rest of his outstanding work and click here to view his blog!
The autumnal equinox happens once a year and on this day, around the world, we will experience equal hours between sunrise and sunset (12 hours each). The only other time of year this occurs is the first day of spring, or the vernal equinox.
I love fall – the crispness in the air, the changing colors of trees, the anticipation of holidays near. Oh, wait. There’s one small problem. In my part of the country, we’re having a heat wave! Since September 1st, we’ve had temperatures exceeding 90+ every day except one. And, most days, the 90+ temperatures have hovered in the high 90’s and sometimes exceeded 100 (like yesterday and the day before and the day before – but I digress)!
Our forecast for the rest of the month indicates that our weather will be in the mid-80’s. Whew! Relief! When I walk outside I’ll only break out in small beads of sweat instead droplets running down my face and neck destroying my make-up along the way and making the edges of my hair curl in unattractive frizzy ringlets!
We don’t really have “fall” in the truest meaning of the word here in Southern California. While our air does and will cool over the next few months and our temperatures drop, in order to actually experience “fall”, we need to drive to nearby mountain communities.
I grew up in the South, so this time of year I miss many things: the changing leaves and the gorgeous colors of autumn, piles of leaves on the ground and the joy experienced by jumping fully into a pile, acorns and pinecones scattered on the ground, the smell of apple pie wafting in the air…of wait, I can manufacturer that! Scented candles or an actual apple pie heating in the oven! I’m on it!
Wherever you are, I hope your first day of autumn is a great one!
Here are some pictures from last year’s trip to the Pumpkin Patch. My vain attempt to simulate autumn in our part of the country (and subconsciously lower the temperature!):
(other posts about autumn)
- Blue Pumpkins
- Call of the Whinny: Yet Another Story from the Farm
- In Search of The Great Pumpkin
- Nuts at the Nut Farm
- Parsimonious Pumpkins
- Pony Rides, Playtime and Pumpkins
- Princess P Picks a Pumpkin
- Princess Sweetie Pie Picks a Pumpkin
- Pumpkin Fever
- Pumpkin Season
- Scarecrows, Sunflowers and Face-painting: Another Story from the Farm
- Straw Maze and Lazy Daze