Changing Seasons – are you ready for fall? by Elisabeth Barrett
Can you believe it’s already the middle of September?
Even though for much of the country, fall has clearly begun with its chill winds, leaves changing and frequent rain (my heart goes out to everyone in Colorado affected by the massive flooding), in Northern California, fall has not yet started. Technically, it’s still summer, at least until the autumnal equinox on September 22nd, and it still feels summer-like out here.
Daytime temps are still in the upper 70s to low 80s, and though the fall winds are starting to rattle the leaves on the trees, it’s still pleasant enough to bike ride in the evening and keep the windows open at night.
I think the animals are better attuned to the changing of the seasons. Last weekend, my family went on a hike, and my kids were thrilled to see a pack of wild turkeys running around one of our favorite open space preserves. The turkeys were fearless! Right in front of us, a mere few feet away, they chased flying bugs, pecked at the ground, and made crazy gobbling sounds. Here’s a picture I snapped of a wild turkey chasing a moth (he’s headless because he was fast!; there’s another one avec tête in the background on the left).
Wild turkeys foraging for food
Halloween catalogues with their owl-shaped baskets and their totally adorable kiddie costumes seem to show up earlier and earlier each year but the unofficial reminder of Halloween’s proximity has been the opening of nearby pumpkin patches! It feels a bit early for pumpkins, although I have had my eye on some of the incredible squash that’s for sale at a nearby pumpkin patch. There is something autumnally festive about all the brightly-colored gourds on display. Last year, I made pumpkin soup and cooked it in a roasted Cinderella pumpkin tureen. To serve, I ladled the soup in a bowl, carved off a bit of the roasted flesh from inside the pumpkin and popped that in the bowl, too, then topped it all off with a dollop of sour cream. It was awesome.
Pumpkins at a local market
Have I gotten you in the fall spirit yet, or would you prefer to cling to summer‘s remaining moments?
About the author:
Elisabeth Barrett lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing in grand choruses.