EXPERIENCING EARLY SEPTEMBER
Months, and moments within them, have their own atmosphere and meaning for me. I try to indicate these through pictures. Where I live, early September takes us fully into autumn, and the fruiting of the horse chestnut tree (above) is a marker for the transition.
Early in the month, the sun sets a little after 7.30 p.m. and reminds us that the nights are drawing in more quickly. It still seems early for sunset, but I notice that my sense of ‘evening’ is adjusting to a more autumnal perspective. The picture below was taken on September 3rd.
The feeling-tone of this period is not yet equinoctial. Wooded spaces are still vigorously green, still majestic, still imaging what my heart wants more of the world to look like. The light of day remains strong, even though temperatures are characteristically lower. There is a lingering aftertaste of summer at the beginning of the new season.
Nonetheless, it is easy to find muted colours leaning in to decay. These have their own fragile and poignantly fleeting beauty, as the alchemy of the waning year does its work. Early September has a character of its own, to be enjoyed while it lasts, as the wheel continues to turn.
An enjoyable post that well articulates my feelings about this season.
Thanks for this comment jimbadger. Much appreciated.
I enjoyed this article, which well articulates my thoughts about this season.
I’ve already noticed a change in the light — most noticeable late afternoons — where I live in south central Texas US. Slightly cooling temps which won’t really stay around till late October here, but it ‘feels’ like fall on the way at least. Lovely photos and article.
Thanks for your comment Meredith and for giving me a sense of this time of year in your part of the world. Much appreciated.
Finding it a little upsetting this year. I have some corn that didn’t get off to a good start, but is now desperately trying to grow, even though it is too late. It’s wonderful, and equally sad. I’ve never wanted to hug corn before, might be time to start. 🌽💚
Thanks for your comment Ida. My thoughts and best wishes for your corn!