Fall Is Coming

Lately the nights are cool and so are the early mornings.  It’s been a welcomed relief from the record-breaking heat we’ve had this summer.  Until I heard the geese overhead, honking as they flew in formation.  And I thought, fall is coming.

It’s been several things now.  I first heard the geese several weeks ago, but only once.  Now it’s daily that I see and hear them.

Remember when I said I don’t see the goldfinches unless they’re migrating?  Well, that was a clue too.  I figured it out when Patti said she saw them hanging around too.  Patti doesn’t live too far from me.

She did identify the male vs. female and yeah, mine was wrong.  All those gorgeous pictures I took were the female.  The male has since appeared on our deck but I only got one not very good picture of him.

What’s that you just said?  You can’t hardly see the male goldfinch in this picture?  There’s too much basil and too many tomato plants, and not enough bird?  Okay, try this one instead.

I was taking pictures in the garden last weekend and saw my basil yank down sharply.  I looked closely but only saw the bees.  Then it yanked down again and I thought – darn squirrel!  No, it was a little brown wren who also just showed up recently in the yard.  It flew off as soon as it noticed me watching.

And I saw hummingbirds last weekend too – a pair!  They were hanging out by the evergreens, so I think they have a nest there.  They’re usually around all summer, so I probably just didn’t notice them.  Of course, I also didn’t get buzzed this year like I did last year.  That made me notice them for sure.

Oh yes, I was writing about fall coming.  Our trees and grass are still very green due to all the rain and moisture.  That’s unusual for this time of the year.  Often the leaves start to dry out and you hear them clacking before they start turning brown.  That hasn’t happened yet.  The spiders aren’t yet crazy with their webs, although the insect noises at night have really ramped up.

I’ve tried to identify the reasons why I think fall is becoming.  The air feels different, the sun is lower and days are shorter, but mostly it just feels different out there.

Here’s one of the pictures I took out in the garden last weekend.  The red flowers are scarlet runner beans.  The beans are delicious, but I don’t know why these waited over three months to decide to bloom.  I don’t think they’ll grow and ripen enough before the first frost.


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  1. Gorgeous pixs – so sharp and clear.
    You’ve heard the geese going over already? I thought I spotted some cranes pausing for the night, but it seems early. A couple of plants also seem to be shedding or coloring leaves – it’s not drought this year…do they know something?
    The angle of the sun has changed and there’s little things different here and there – but still very hot and humid…guess I shouldn’t complain, but it’s ok if summer is leaving.

    • I thought it was early too, but I really think they’re migrating, along with the various birds that I don’t usually see in my yard. Our oak willow is not doing very good and it’s leaves are starting to turn color now too. It’s gone back to hot and humid here too, but the evenings are still cooler than usual. I think it might be an early winter.

      Thanks as always for coming by.

  2. Ah, yes, autumn is tickling our noses up here in Maine, as well. The days are still warm, or even hot, but the mornings and nights are getting colder here, too. This is the time of year when we have day after day of beautiful weather, with a strong northwest wind to blow all the humidity and some of the bugs out to sea. A lovely change, which has always been close to my heart. Thanks for the post and the photos!

  3. I have felt this too, Nancy. The days seem to shorten by leaps and bounds and the cooler evenings are finally allowing us to turn off the AC at night. Our seasons seem ahead by about a month – Bob said it will probably freeze in Sept! Enjoy these beautiful days and don’t work too too hard! K

    • I think Bob’s right that the season seems in a hurry for winter to come. I sure hope I don’t get first frost that early – my tomatos are FINALLY growing fruit. Nothing red yet though. . .

  4. Cute–too many plants and not enough bird! Good shot of your goldfinch. I almost got a photo of Mama goldfinch feeding a youngster, but a pigeon swooped in and scared them off as they came into focus.

    • Thanks Patti! At least you got to see the Mama feeding her youngster, but yeah, a picture would have been great. Sometimes ya’ just can’t win.

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