The changing of the seasons
All of a sudden, the greens aren’t as bright and vivid as they were. The wildflowers have stopped blossoming. Ducks, geese and yes, even crows are gathering up into larger groups before their migration away from the Alberta winter.
On my drives out of town what were once green crops of wheat are golden brown. Some crops still standing and swaying in the wind, others have only the stubble remaining waiting to be covered by the first snows of winter.
The poplars and willows that line the back country roads still have their leaves. They aren’t golden yellow yet. The first heavy frost of September will take care of that and set the color change in motion.
A few years ago we had an exceptionally warm September. I would usually take the last three weeks of September off to photograph around town and make a few trips to the mountains. I was used to seeing brilliant yellows in the mountains during that time. Because of the warmth the foliage never turned yellow, not like it usually does. Instead the leaves dried up, turn brown and fell off the trees and brushes. We had a very warm summer up here this year. Maybe that will happen again? No fall colors. I hope not.
Suddenly the days seem wintery short. We’re approaching autumnal equinox where day and night are of equal length and then, less and less daylight until December 21 when there are only about eight hours of daylight.
Yes the seasons are changing. There are new challenges and opportunities with every new day. Who knows? Maybe you’ll nail that zinger autumn photo that you had dreamed of.