Subtle Signs

As the dog days of summer slip away into ether of the past I find myself noticing the changing color of the light and the world around me.  A golden hue is subtly ebbing it’s way over my mountain. The yellow flowers of the black-eyed susans and pale yellow of wingstem foretell the turning point of seasons and in just 48 days old Sol will grow weary and begin to sleep late. Already forest sees the young bucks with their antlers thick in velvet as they spend less time with their herd and in solitude seek out the unclaimed grove which will be their kingdoms. Image Titled “A Secret Gathering 81019”

My  fascination with the natural calendar begain as a child laying in bed in mid summer.  In those days we lived in a double wide trailer and no air conditioning except for windows that would crank open to vent the heat and screen that kept most of bugs out.  In August I would often fall asleep to the sound of the Katydids as the cool night air spilled into the room bringing scent of change with it.  The old timers would remind me that when Katydids started to sing it was more or less 6 weeks until Fall. In the natural world change is seldom as noticeable as turning the page on a calendar but instead it’s the small subtle signs that whisper clues to those who listen.

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3 thoughts on “Subtle Signs

  1. Lloyd, I am with you on the subtle changes towards Fall. In Alaska, summer is short and the seasons change at a fast pace. I have seen migrating birds heading south. By the end of August, the leaves will start to turn. It has been a cool summer but it goes by quickly. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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