Reasons Why We Love Fall: Photo Blog
The season of autumn is short but beautiful. The cool nights, vivid colors, and smells of fresh rain on the pavement often trigger nostalgia for me. Fall reminds me of my childhood, the way the leaves crunch when you skip across them and the creeks fill up to the brim with rain. The rich and sweet earthy smells that permeate from old leaves and dampened bark are unmistakable. I also love the way our clothes reflect the time of the season with knit scarves, waffle weaves, and down vests. Looking up at the sky we witness songbirds, geese, and blue jays take flight on their annual southern migration. Yes, autumn stirs up nostalgia and is a reminder of how precious memories are and how quickly time flies like leaves in the wind.
Let us take a closer look at a few environmental cycles that occur in Autumn and reasons why we adore this season so much.
The number one thing that attracts us to this season is the leaves changing colors. As maple, sycamore, chestnut and sweet birch leaves scatter on a winding path – they create a dramatic and beautiful scene that warms the soul. The scientific explanation for this occurrence is partly due to the shorter days. The trees don’t collect enough sunlight to feed themselves and instead of fighting to create it, the trees shut down and stop producing chlorophyll. The green color of the leaves transcend into a bright gold, red or orange. This is the true color of the leaf. The leaves then fall and die and decompose into the earth.
Autumn is the best time to visit the woodlands or forest. Seeds have fallen and can be collected and reproduced. According to master gardener Paul James
“Seeds are kind of like the world’s smallest supercomputer. Not only do they store genetic information for hundreds, maybe even thousands, of preceding generations of plants, they also contain instructions for the next generations of plants.”
During the fall months the woods get very quiet. Small mammals and wildlife spend much of their time in their nests fattening up with food they have gathered. They become less active and chow down until the winter arrives. Birds also become quiet. They are most vocal in the spring and summer in order to attract a mate and defend their territory. In the fall, this is not necessary with the exception of the robin, who defends his territory year round.
Fall is the best time to study fungi. You can take a brisk nature hike and try to identify all the mysterious strains of fungi. You will commonly see them on dead logs, the ground, tree trunks, and even cow patties!
Deer and elk are easy to spot around this time of year. Bucks and stags will start to develop their antlers and rival each other for a mate. This is a top British wildlife spectacle particularly in Scotland where red deer are widespread.
If you love blackberry jam, pie, or syrup this is the time to start picking. You may also spot wildlife munching on them too!
If you’re an aspiring photographer there’s no better season to start shooting. There’s a lot of action happening with fauna in the fall. Big game joust in intense and sometimes deadly battles, birds are flocking in beautiful patterns, and otters and other mammals are building their nests. Here are the top 5 tips for taking snap shots of wildlife in autumn.
Lastly fall is the time for family, comfort food, and pumpkin spice lattes or perhaps earl grey with a splash of lemon. The moments we cherish cuddling up to our kids (or pets) under the blankets by a nice warm fire and carving out pumpkins for Halloween are truly like none other.
sally_monster, thelearnedfoot, rogiro, Striking Photography by Bo Insogna, amcdaniel83, eskimo_jo via Flickr.
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