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Ah, that fall feeling

September 3, 2013 - Steve Murch
Although the autumnal equinox is the official end of summer/start of fall, in the norther part of the U.S. — especially northern Michigan — fall begins around the Labor Day weekend. Oh sure, there are warm days, even hot ones, after that weekend, but for the most part the season is already changing.

We can feel it in the air in so many ways. The cooler nights, the direction of the wind, the way the air seems to move. Even the warm (and hot) days feel different.

Even without the changing colors in the trees, there are changes we can see. Anyone who has lived here long enough can spot the changes long before they become apparent to visitors or people who haven't lived her very long.

The sky looks different. Even on the clearest of days like Tuesday the blue sky looks slightly different. Water becomes deeper in color as the lakes and rivers cool down from the warmth of summer. The sun's angle creates different brights and shades, and it even glistens off the water differently (like the attached photo). At night, the stars seem to shine brighter.

We get used to the shorter days and anticipate the cooler weather, but the subtle changes are the ones that make fall so interesting. We might pick up on it even as early as late August, but we tend to let the signs go by without some much as an acknowledgement. Then one day we realize the daylight is shorter by an hour, the colors on the trees are changing, the wind is more constant and the days have a starker look to them.

The leaves have changed, some have fallen and grass has that green that we wished it had in August when the sun baked it and the rain avoided it.

It's fall and it's one of the things that make living in Northeast Michigan fun and interesting.


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