As the leaves start to fall: The colorful beauty of autumn

Autumn is here when, on Thursday, September 22, the autumnal equinox begins in the Northern Hemisphere, yet the leaves have started to change, the weather cool.

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SAN DIEGO– September 19, 2017, Autumn is here when, on Thursday, September 22, the autumnal equinox begins in the Northern Hemisphere.

“The exact moment when the sun appears to arrive at the intersection of the ecliptic and the celestial equator is when autumn begins,” according to Live Science.

“It is the summer’s great last heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: They meet.”
-Sara Morgan Bryan Platt

As the days become shorter, and nights become longer, people tend to move more inward both into themselves and their homes, as they find comfort in rediscovering sitting by the fireplace, indoor activities and the warmth of family and friends.

Bring out the sweaters, find an umbrella, chop wood for the fireplace, pick apples for warm apple cider and get ready to enjoy the beauteous splendor of this third season of the year!

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Autumn is also a traditional time for harvest when nature’s bounties reach full ripeness and bloom.

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts
with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the
grand finale.”
-Lauren DeStefano, Wither

The leaves of trees become profuse with colorful orange, gold, red and yellow hues just before they gently drop to the ground below.

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Leaves change color in response to cooler temperatures and changes in daylight.

It is believed that the longer leaves remain on trees before they fall, the colder the winter to come.

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
-Albert Camus

There is no denying a splendid nip in the autumn air as it slowly becomes cooler Throughout the fall temperatures range from a high of 72.7F to a low of 26.7F in the U.S.

With cooling temperatures also come some of the most favorite fruits and vegetables to enjoy, including oranges, tangerines, apples, pears, squash and bright orange pumpkins.

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The new fall television series begin on the networks an add enthusiasm to indoor entertainment. Football season begins, as does basketball and ice hockey.

Autumn also signifies the beginning of the holiday season with trick-0-treaters on Halloween, and pumpkin pie for dessert on Thanksgiving Day.

It is little wonder why the name Autumn has been one of the top 100 names given to girls in the U.S. since 1997, according to Wikipedia. This colorful third season of the year is the only one with two acceptable names: Fall and autumn.

According to Slate’s Browbeat, the word fall became popularized as did spring to describe the spring of the leaf and fall of the leaf.

Whether the word fall or autumn is utilized in any form of communication, the meaning is immediately recognizable with its meaning quite clear.

“Is not this a true autumn Day? Just the still melancholy that I love-that
makes life and nature harmonize. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth, and air, while they give us  a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit…My very soul is
wedded to it….”

-George Elliot, George Elliot’s life, as related in her
letters and journals.

Enjoy the beauty and tranquil sights and sounds of autumn!

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

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