Autumn


The time of Autumn, or Fall as it is known as in North America, comes after the warmth of summer and before the coldness of Winter.

The months of Autumn are August, September and October in the northern hemisphere and March, April and May in the southern hemisphere.

The daylight begins to decrease and the nights get longer with the clocks changing in October here in the UK. The temperature can noticeably begin to get cooler. 

The month of October can bring more rain. Sunny days and clear nights that comes with high pressure could result in some morning frosts.

The plants begin to get ready for their dormant time in the winter. The leaves on deciduous trees and shrubs begin to turn colour, with some types of trees giving a wonderful display of golds, reds, yellows and oranges. Eventually falling to the ground leaving their branches empty.

These in contrast to the evergreen trees give a wonderful patchwork of colour if viewed from high above.

There are many types of plants that flower at this time of year to bring colour and beauty into the gardens. When the leaves on some shrubs fall off the shrub then can have beautiful coloured bark that will extend the colour season. 


The September Equinox

The meteorological Autumn begins on September 1st. This is a set time so that analytical data on the seasons can take place and for yearly comparisons a set time in needed.

The September equinox is when the sun crosses the equator or the celestial equator projection of  in outer space. The sun leaves the northern hemisphere and travels to the southern hemisphere, this can happen between September 21 - 24th.

The equinox is when the centre of the sun is right over the equator and this happens twice a year, once in March and again in September.


Harvesting time in the Autumn

After the sunny days of summer have ripened the many fruit and vegetables in the farms, orchards and gardens, harvesting begins in earnest at this time of year.

Although some fruits and vegetables are ready in the early summer the majority of them are ready at this time of year.

Many countries give thanks for the harvest that would last them throughout the winter with harvest prayers and festivals as celebrations.


Reflections

This time of year can bring a time of reflections on the memories of the warm days that are in the past and the colder weather yet to arrive.

In some years the warmer days of late summer can be extended into the early parts of this season. This is known as an Indian summer when the temperature in September and October can sometimes be better than June and July.

All of the seasons are important for different reasons and each are beautiful and unique. 

Enjoy each day as it comes and take a few leaf kicking walks noticing the changes in the plants that grow.


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