Seasonal reality versus perception

Reality versus perception. That’s what this is about. I know one day on the calendar is little different than the day before it or the day after. The sun rose a minute later today, and will set two minutes earlier, but otherwise not much has changed. But today is the autumnal equinox and suddenly it feels like fall.


I’ve been noticing hints of its approach — those dratted spiders hanging out everywhere in their webs (why, oh, why do they have to dangle right at face level?), leaves fluttering down among recent raindrops, subtle colour changes in the garden that I’m sure weren’t there last weekend.


There’s a new freshness to the warmth of today’s sunshine … crisp undertones that bespeak of a hastening away from summer’s heat. It isn’t quite time to pull out the garden annuals, but the spiky Iris and Daylily leaves are droopy, hinting that it’s time to cut them back. I’m sure they don’t look any worse than they did yesterday, but today they’ve edged into my awareness, along with the blousy, browning Hydrangea blooms.

Yesterday was summer, but at some point when I wasn’t paying attention it went into decline; today is autumn.


“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.”

[Henry Beston]

“Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that gives rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserves unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.”

[Jeremiah 5:24]

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”

[Jim Bishop]

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Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

4 thoughts on “Seasonal reality versus perception

  1. I had a huge bubble bee in my basement yesterday morning. I can’t imagine where he came from. When I opened the door, he escaped, though I imagine by night time he was perplexed by how cold it was. It’s been feeling like fall for over a week now. We had a hailstorm that looked a lot like snow at first. Brrr. Lovely photos, Carol.

    1. Our men were up to the cabin last week and it was evident that fall was arriving faster there than here on the south coast. I guess it’s to be expected. You’ll be flying south with the geese before you know it. 🙂

  2. The weather here changed so quickly. So much humid weather all summer and now this morning when I got up it was 0 with a frost on the windshield. I do love fall days, though but doesn’t this mean we’re getting closer to the cold weather? brrrrrr

    1. I suppose it does, Laura, but when the cold weather comes we’ll be able to say we’re getting closer to springtime again. Maybe it’s a ‘glass half empty and glass half full’ thing. LOL.

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