|These photos were taken with my cell phone.|
This last weekend, before the calendar turns to October, I have regarded September with the sentimentality reserved for dear friends.
I've strained my eyes to see the changing colors of leaves on the mountain. The frequent thunderstorms have helped ease the transition to cooler temperatures. I've watched for the first frost, ready at last, to trade in my fresh tomato sandwiches for steaming bowls of tomato soup. The cattails behind our house are starting to go to seed, exposing their white, fluffy down inside their fuzzy brown coats.
Saturday I left my car stereo on repeat so I could hear Earth, Wind, and Fire sing September to me over and over again as I drove down the road in the warm autumn sunshine. The changing of the seasons energizes me, and yet, calms me with a peaceful feeling.
We have one more day to squeeze the last bits of goodness out of September, and I intend to do just that. Sunday, Marley and I walked along the edge of the animal sanctuary and beside the canal on the Clearfield Trail near our home. I took note of the ducks, the berries, the Russian Olives, the wild sunflowers with most of their yellow petals missing, and the subtle changes in the leaves. Summer is fading into fall, and I intend to enjoy every single sign of my favorite season.