Changing Seasons

IMG_5050.jpgWe are now officially in autumn with October quickly coming our way. Yesterday while mowing and deadheading flowers it was hot and humid. Today the grey skies brought rain, winds and the temperature dropped from mid 70’s to low 50’s over night.

The long lazy green days of summer have quickly moved to shorter days with changing colors. The bright green is now fading into yellows with a few trees spotting reds or oranges. The purples, pinks, and reds of summer flowers are replaced with yellow or copper colored mums. The wild grasses blowing tall in the fall breeze are topped with tan seed heads and green lower leaves fading to the same tan to brown color. IMG_6404.jpg

Fall brings a different set of veggies or fruits as well. The summer green lettuce, red tomatoes are traded for red apples, orange carrots, pumpkins and red hot peppers drying on the stalks.

The food we eat moves from salads and cool finger foods to chilis, soups and stews. The desire to bake bread and put in a fire to read by is building with each day it gets colder.

So fall is here – I have cut back the leaves of the peonies, the hot red seeds of the jack in the pulpit have been scattered by the squirrels, the raspberry plants are spreading and growing so I am hoping that means lots of fruits for next summer. I am watching for the bulbs to arrive in the mail to plant just before the hard frost while wander around each day cutting down more failing plants, finding spots to plants the Helleborus plants that hopefully will bloom in the late winter or very early spring.

There is so much going on with the change of seasons. The colors, sights, sounds, and tastes. Oh, the tastes of pumpkin, squash, while spices like cinnamon and cloves fill the air. There are also the warm sweaters and sweatshirts that have been tucked away during those hot summer days that now can come out and stretch around us to create warmth as the temperatures fall.

I know here in the north land it is going to get cold and the days will be very short with long dark night but I wouldn’t change it for anything. The switch from season to season is amazing to watch and be a part of. I love the fact that each quarter of the year brings a new look to nature, a new set of sounds, change in temperature, foods that fit that season and things to do.

I guess that is why I am crazy enough to live in Minnesota!

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About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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3 Responses to Changing Seasons

  1. Fran Haley says:

    Beautiful photos and delicious nuggets of early fall here in your post. I have a friend from the north who moved to Florida and she desperately misses these seasonal transitions – and the snow!

  2. I just had to read your post today since it was about the same topic I wrote about! There’s lots that’s similar but some things are different. And that’s what makes this writing community so cool. So many voices to sample. Minnesota? Brrrrrrrrrrr

  3. I love your photos! Yes, I, too, love having four seasons, and I think about chilis, soups and stews as soon as the temperatures get cooler. I’m in the mid-Atlantic and feeling like I must get my turtlenecks out!

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