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Late summer has a definite mood to it.  The weather is still warm, hot even, but there’s sometimes a coolness in the air when the sun is down.

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Crickets and Katydids are louder than they were before.  Something is going on, you can tell it while walking out in the country.

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Grasses are lush and prominent.

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There are some different wildflowers blooming, heralding a change to come.

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They join the high summer blooms, mixing in with more familiar sights.

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Prairie flowers are peaking- but more about them in a post coming soon.

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Birds are singing less than they were earlier in the summer.  While some late-nesters are still at work, some early migrators have started south already.

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Change is coming.  Although early autumn may hold onto some of summer’s warmth, enjoy it while you can…the seasons will be changing, as always.