October has many seasons between lingering summer and the first frost of winter. Now come days of sun and blue sky, days of gray and cold rain.
I don’t know if there is a name for this season that falls between the fall equinox in September and the cross–quarter day at the end of October, which we call Halloween. This season is much older than that. It is a time of hunting and gathering, as we move into the increasing dark until the winter solstice in December.
But this time of year does have a special feeling. October country, Ray Bradbury called it. Maybe it is the deceptive light of early twilight, when familiar things can look like something else.
Or maybe, as the leaves begin to change color and fall, we too feel the beauty and impermanence of things.
We put on old favorite sweaters. We get out jackets and boots. We prepare for the cold weather to come with furnace filters and flu shots.
Meanwhile, the harvest continues. This much is certain–this season is a race to get the corn and soybeans harvested before the first frost. In Illinois, heavy spring rains and historic flooding delayed the spring planting season, and there are still crops in the fields after the September rains. Here is an article from the Chicago Tribune.
Here’s hoping for a few more warm days of sun.
Is climate change changing fall? You can read more here.