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First Day of Fall – 2009

by Adam Shake · 6 comments

Autumn in Ashland
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The first day of Fall – 2009, or the “Autumnal Equinox”, falls (no pun intended) on Tuesday, September 22nd.

With the first day of Fall upon us, we asked some of our Twitter Colleagues to contribute ideas on why Fall is important to them. Enjoy.

Autumn Stream
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I like the crisp quality of the air in fall.  It’s bracing and invigorating. The intoxicating mix of fallen leaves and earth creates a smell that resonates within a part of me that I can’t identify.  The actual color of the sky is a more piercing cobalt, and I love the contrast of its blue against the bleached maize of the fields and the red barns of the Midwest landscape. I feel more alive in the fall. From :@mckra1g

Les feuilles magiques
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Fall is a feast for the senses — a magic time when nature, impossible beauty, and science meet. Mother Nature changes her palette, as leaves change colors and dusk makes a hurried appearance. It’s impossible not to be moved by the dramatic change in seasons. Even with the cold promise of winter looming, fall somehow feels warm. Young or old, it is meant to be celebrated with an annual jump in a pile of leaves – Yahooooo! The sound and smell cannot be replicated, and are not to be missed. And besides, the ritual is only complete when topped off with a cup of hot cider! From: @Balmeras

Fall Sampler
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This may be a dorky English major thing, but writing about the seasons always brings haiku to my mind. So, here is my (midwest) autumn haiku:

Sunsets turn to gold.
Colored leaves drifting, blowing,
Crisply comes the change. From @WindyHill

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Fall. It’s brisk, bold, and beautiful. Chilly autumn breezes color on cheeks and noses. I wait all year for the scent of earthy decay. It’s a season of transformation, of regeneration; a conclusion to summer’s blistering stare- an introduction to winter’s icy embrace. I love to laugh with the leaf coated children, resourcefully frolicking in rusty and golden glory. Fall is the year’s sunset, ablaze with the memories made and lessons learned. Accomplished and peacefully transitioning, the earth falls asleep. From @craquemonkey

Seasons in the sun
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I love fall because….

  • As the saying goes, fall is time to “turn a new leaf” and with the natural changing of the seasons, it’s a natural time for self-reflection
  • As we change the decor in our homes and clean out our closets to make room for fall fashions and colors, that process makes me also think about what else I need to change in my life and what I could do with and without
  • For those that are interested in living a more sustainable, green life that can mean making positive changes in your lifestyle by commuting more, using less water, turning down the heat and thinking twice about burning those logs in the fireplace
  • Some of these changes are hard and may mean that as women at least, we have to be less luxurious (like taking shorter showers instead of long baths), less selfish or less addicted (like not eating your favorite sushi)
  • But it’s all good and necessary, because after all, one needs practice to confront the next seasonal opportunity to make positive changes for a better earth…New Year’s resolutions. From: @ckawa

Free Pink and Red Leaves October Peace Creative Commons
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For inexplicable reasons, the Fall envelopes me each year with the feel of cashmere. I am productive, happy and the most rooted to Earth. I easily could wax nostalgic and talk about long trips on the weekends with my parents to antique auctions in Berkshires, the feel of playing “cops and robbers” outdoors with neighborhood kids until it was pitch black . Oh, the sacred sleep engendered by the crystalline air with spicy afterthoughts of Winter nipping at the heels of Fall…

People often speak of Spring as the season for rebirth. I endorse Fall as the renaissance season as the Earth moves away from the Sun. The amber lighting at dawn and twilight enlivens me. Its quite visceral. Fall is the penultimate season which creates an enormous sense of gratitude within me and therefore, engenders an exhaustive desire to be outdoors, eat seasonally and capture as much memories as possible before the dark hibernation of a New England winter. Fall is the curtain call of another year past and a call to action to celebrate the earth at its most fecund. I honor Fall by bearing witness to the remarkable drama of the Earth changing. From Amanda Beals

first day of fall 2009

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. It’s hard to explain why, but I’ll give it a shot. To me, fall seems as if it is a time of slowing down. The slowing of our frenzied life of summer, when the eve’s begin to get cool. It’s a time for opening the window while you’re sleeping and listening to the crickets instead of the hum of the heater or the air conditioner. It’s a time of balance, where the world stands still for a moment, the moment between growth and death. It’s a maturing time, when the soil seems to hold a special loam and the richness of the leaves and even the air that we breath has a musky yet snappy smell, that tells you “time has passed and the world is about to sleep.”

Fall is a respite between the hot day’s of summer and the bone chilling day’s of winter, where everything seems to be in balance. It helps you prepare for the breakneck speed of the upcoming holiday season, while affording you the opportunity to drink that hot cup of spiced apple cider.

Fall is a time of wandering the pumpkin patch for that special big one, and apple orchard’s for hand picked “Grannys” that will make a wonderful pie. It’s the best time of year to do what my wife and I love to do, which is hike. (which is just another word for getting out there and enjoying the beauty of nature) unfettered by sweat and bugs.

It’s the time to rake leaves, which is just another way of “starting fresh.” It’s a time for replenishing the pantry with hardy vegetables that will be turned into crock pot stews. It’s a time when the twilight arrives early and you can walk the neighborhood in the dark at 6:00, unencumbered by loud music, traffic and lawnmowers.

Maybe that’s why I named this website “Twilight Earth.” I like the balance between light and dark. I like the quiet. I like the coolness that reminds me that I’m alive and I like promise that fall gives us. “I’m getting ready to leave now, but I’ll be back. I promise.” @TwilightEarth

Adams dog Katahdin

Adams dog Katahdin

What are some of your thoughts on Fall?

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Related posts:

  1. First Day Of Fall – 2008
  2. The First Day of Spring, 2009 – Photo Sunday
  3. The First Day of Summer and Fathers Day 2009 – Summer Solstice

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bethe September 20, 2009 at 11:12 am

Amazing pictures, Adam. I love these posts. Thanks for putting in my little Ode to Fall blurb. :-) Bethe Almeras


2 Adam Shake September 20, 2009 at 11:35 am

Absolutely Bethe, thanks for contributing!


3 Caroline September 21, 2009 at 10:17 am

My favorite season ever, thank you for you pictures !

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4 This Eclectic Life September 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm

One of the most beautiful posts I’ve seen today! Fall is my favorite season (achoo! except for the ragweed).


5 Brett September 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Great pictures. I do like autumn (fall!) too…Nice balance of crisp and still decent weather!


6 DougThebug September 22, 2009 at 11:37 am

Thank you for this well worded page. It really does capture what autumn is about. It’s my favourite season also.


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