A farewell and a welcome

I have just lit a fire to honor the end of a lovely summer and to welcome the new autumn, which will officially begin at 10:21 tomorrow morning. This is always a melancholy moment, a mixture of sweet remembrance of warm days and anticipation of cool and colorful fall experiences on the near horizon. The changes in these northern Minnesota Alder & birch 1030361woods are now unmistakable. The hummingbirds have left on their migratory journey to warmer, more southern climes. The bracken ferns have gone through yellow and are reluctantly acquiescing to brown. A few sugar maples are starting to show their goodbye kisses to summer with their brilliant, flamboyant phycoerythrin pigments. The cattails (bulrushes) are puffing up, getting ready to disperse their seeds to the winds, and the Cattails-sumac 1030409sumacs are donning their deep-magenta cloaks. I haven’t seen any Canada geese in southbound chevron flight yet, but it won’t be long before they appear. The squirrels are as busy as can be, gathering and stowing whatever they can find for the long winter to come, even daring precarious perches to raid the sunflower seeds we’ve put out for the birds. Squirrel 2636The haunting songs of the loons that are such an integral part of the ambience here are now just memories. However, this is not only an end, but also a beginning.Fall harbingers 1030364 Autumn is very special for me, as my birthday falls in the first week of October, which usually coincides with the peak colors, and I use the opportunity to host a week of fun and music with some of my best friends in this world. Stay tuned—more about that soon!

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18 Responses to A farewell and a welcome

  1. Happy sumac to you. We probably won’t see colorful sumacs in Austin for another two months.

  2. It is truly fall here, I can taste and feel it in the air, it is unmistakable.

  3. shoreacres says:

    Happy birthday to you! I’m an October baby, too, and always have thought the best way of celebrating is to head north: although I’ll not get nearly so far north as you. Still, there ought to be something lovely to see during my travels, depending on when I manage to get out of here.

    I’m glad to hear your week with your music-making friends is happening again. Indian summer should have a soundtrack, after all. (Oh, wait. It already does!)

    Even though we don’t have color changes yet, there are signs of the season: the first monarchs, the first osprey, a few hummingbirds flitting about. It’s exciting to see, and comforting — a reminder that there are rhythms and patterns that can be counted on.

  4. krikitarts says:

    And happy soon-birthday to you as well, Linda! With your clever eye, you are practically guaranteed to find something lovely, wherever you may find yourself. As for Indian Summer, we are working on something that will suitably inaugurate my musical post debut. I agree that it’s about time.

    Our hummingbirds and, I think, our ospreys, are gone but the kingfishers and eagles are still here–and I heard another loon today. And yes, it’s a good thing to recognize and acknowledge the patterns–and to give thanks for them.

  5. Meanderer says:

    A lovely post to mark Autumn, Gary. Not much in the way of colour change here yet – it’s still incredibly warm for September, although mornings are chilling down a little.
    Look forward to hearing more about your birthday week of fun and music!

    • krikitarts says:

      Thank you so much, M–so do I! After a certain point, some folks seem to think that being another year older is not worthy of celebration, but I’m a dedicated member of the other party. And, speaking of music (and the effects that the passage of time has on us), something good is coming this way really soon, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

  6. Adrian Lewis says:

    You’re waxing lyrical, my friend! But you’re right, its not an end, but a beginning. I especially like the 2nd photo down. A

  7. krikitarts says:

    Some of these sumac turn the most outrageous, flaming red-orange, while others casually adopt these deeper, more somber, almost-purplish hues. It all depends, of course, on the micro-climate in which they find themselves, how much direct sunlight they get, etc. Both are well worth taking the time to appreciate. I’m glad that you like it, too!

  8. seekraz says:

    Sweet images, Gary.

  9. I enjoyed this post so much, Gary. You conveyed the bittersweet feeling of fall so beautifully in words and images. I hope you had a happy birthday!

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