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September in Ohio.

September 24, 2011

September is a transition month.  Although it may feel warm enough, early autumn is here.

You can hear it in the air- crickets chirping, even during the day.  The cicada calls have dwindled away.

You can smell it in the woods, that herbal scent that wasn’t there in the summer.

You can feel it in the morning coolness.  You may need a jacket, but you’ll be back to shirtsleeves by the afternoon.

You can see it in how insects and animals behave.  The pace is a little more earnest.  It’s time to start storing up for the approaching cold weather.

You can see it in the autumn migration of birds, winging their way south.

You can see it in the birds that are gathering together in communal flocks now that they are done raising their young.

You can see it in the leaves- just a hint of what’s to come.

You see it in the way summer’s plants are making way for autumn’s blooms.

Seeds- some of them sticky- are more prominent.

And berries- not blackberries this time around- are making a comeback.

Enjoy the waning warmth of early autumn!  Bigger changes lie ahead.

24 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2011 6:41 pm

    Wow – some truly lovely photos.

  2. September 24, 2011 7:33 pm

    Beautiful photos, and this reads like a poem!

  3. John Northcutt Young permalink
    September 24, 2011 7:50 pm


  4. September 24, 2011 7:51 pm

    Great photos and narrative.

  5. September 24, 2011 8:36 pm

    Nice flow to this entire post Tracy. Lovely photos. Here’s to fall! Margie

  6. September 25, 2011 12:22 am

    Great collection of fall shots!

  7. September 25, 2011 9:53 am

    I especially like your photo of the leaves on the bench, and it’s good to see Flower-for-an-hour, as I missed them this year. Happy fall!

    • September 26, 2011 8:02 pm

      That’s a really interesting flower, isn’t it? It seems more selective in where it grows, I don’t run into it as often as other flowers, but I always like taking pictures of it 🙂

  8. September 25, 2011 10:20 am

    My favorite time of year, thanks for a great post.

  9. September 25, 2011 11:49 am

    Thanks for another great post.

  10. September 25, 2011 12:32 pm

    No question…beautiful photos…now, you may or may not be alone when you walk with your camera and click away…but all of us are there too…and really wish we were…great stuff…

  11. September 25, 2011 6:02 pm

    Happy Fall! Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo narrative display. 🙂

  12. September 26, 2011 7:12 am

    That’s a pretty comprehensive post. A great range of pictures.

  13. September 26, 2011 4:46 pm

    Your pictures and words describe it all so well. 🙂

  14. September 26, 2011 7:56 pm

    Thanks for the responses everyone! 🙂

  15. September 26, 2011 10:16 pm

    Love these photos, Tracy! I can’t get enough of botanicals and little critters. The only problem – this post made me homesick. I miss the beauty of Ohio!

  16. September 27, 2011 7:55 am

    Hi. The park bench with the leaves is very evocative… a moment in time… nice photo. Our season is a bit farther ahead, but taking its time. Jane

  17. September 27, 2011 7:15 pm

    Love this post! simply wonderful

  18. September 29, 2011 9:57 am

    What are those white flowers growing with the goldenrod … boneset, snakeroot, something else?

    • September 29, 2011 12:40 pm

      That’s Snakeroot in both the picture with the Goldenrod and 2 pictures below that, too. I’ll end up doing a post on those white plants (Snakeroot, Boneset, Thoroughwort) one of these days- so many plants!

  19. September 30, 2011 1:02 am

    Wonderful series of photos! It’s truly a beautiful time of the year!

  20. September 30, 2011 2:52 pm

    The photos are exquisite…the gentle wording induces a warm-hearted sigh~


  21. October 1, 2011 1:41 am

    You have captured that indefinable turning point between seasons. Relief that the sweltering heat of summer is past, tinged with a bittersweet twinge of loss.

    I loved your photos.

  22. October 1, 2011 12:44 pm

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone! 🙂

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