Seasons of October

Seasons of October

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.


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  • Thank you for a thoughtful meditation on the glories of this time. Personally, I don't see it as ending, as others do, but as presenting its own beginnings.

  • Well-said. Thank you for reading.

  • It looks like the season around here was one day of color, then the wind blew down the leaves.

    At least the association board made the correct decision about 15 years ago that the landscape contract doesn't end on Oct. 15.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for stopping by, Jack. Starting to see fall colors here, west of Chicago, but not a lot of fallen leaves yet. Morton Arboretum says colors are peaking now.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Going out today before TS Olga hit, there was some color on some bushes and trees not yet stripped by the wind.

    Speaking of Olga, NICOR construction crews had a landscaper out today restoring the grass on the parkways, which seemed to be just in time for the grass seed to get a good watering. And, just now, WeatherBug just popped up a flood warning on my computer.

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