Welcome Autumn in all of Your Splendor!
Autumn has arrived!
After summer, autumn is my second favorite season. Autumn brings vibrant shades of reds, oranges, yellows, purples, greens and browns. With those beautiful colors, also comes colder temperatures. Our temperatures in Buffalo, New York, have dropped drastically into the 60’s during the day and the 40’s and 50’s at night. We are also seeing a lot less sunshine and more gray skies. I am not a fan at all of the cooler temps and dreary skies, but without them, we wouldn’t see the spectacular color changes. Because it’s so early in the autumn season, our leaves haven’t started to change just yet, but it shouldn’t be too long before they do.
Chlorophyll is what makes leaves green. Lack of light, due to shorter daylight hours in autumn, and cooler temperatures cause the chlorophyll to break down. As the chlorophyll breaks down, leaves lose their green color, bringing out the reds, yellows and oranges that we love so much. Eventually, this causes them to fall off of the trees and onto the ground. This is where the fun starts. How many of you remember jumping into and playing in a pile of leaves as a child? Did you carry on this tradition with your children? My son loved playing in and throwing leaves into the air when he was little. Go rake some leaves and make some memories with your children. Go for a Sunday drive and take in the beautiful colors before its too late and all of the leaves “fall” off.
Fall, or autumn, also brings us beautiful flowers! Chrysanthemums (Mums), Asters, Goldenrod, Decorative Flowering Cabbage or Kale and Sedum are just a few of my favorites. Daisy Fleabane, Wild Asters and Thistle grow wild along many roadsides.
One of my favorite autumn “things to do” is to decorate my house and yard. I love going to the pumpkin patch to buy pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds and Indian Corn. My yard took on a whole new look this past weekend after I finished decorating it. Scarecrows are a must when decorating for me, the more the merrier!
Apple picking is another fall favorite of mine and I’m hoping to do that this coming weekend. I can just hear the apples calling me and almost taste the apple crisp and applesauce I’m going to make with them. We are also planning to take a train ride through the countryside to view the beautiful foliage soon as well.
Our feathered friends know it’s autumn too, as the birds in my yard have been busy emptying all of our bird feeders. Squirrels are busy gathering nuts of all kinds. It will soon be time for me to start putting food out for the wild critters that visit my yard. I’ve been holding off on putting food out for the summer, as I want them to find food naturally. However, the possums, skunks and raccoons can use a little help during the cold winter months. Remember to keep those feeder filled and Happy Birding! ~ Karen