Friday, September 18, 2009

Autumn

yep, it's here. Its been chilly the past few days but damp--last night we had rain, the first in a long time, and today we have what I think of as a classic fall day--crisp, good sun, and nice bit of wind for working outside. Doors have to be propped open or propped shut on a day like this, and the windows upstairs rattle in their casings.
In the swamps, the maples bleed into the water, it seems, and its a warning that it's our turn next.

Over time I have heard every weatherman out there explain why the trees turn when they do. One will tell you they don't turn until the first hard frost, another will tell you it takes chilly nights and warm days (err, that's maple sugar time), another, it only happens when the average temps fall below 50 deg. during the day. My own theory is, they change color when they're ready. A hard frost seems to make no difference, dry summers or wet, cold nights or cold days--but, then, these are also the guys who start talking about "Indian Summer" on the first cold day of September, when in actuality and historically it's that balmy period right around Thanksgiving.

Ive been reading Maxine Kumin; House, Bridge, Fountain, Gate, and am struck by the differences between her and Jane Kenyon. Both write of rural stuff, but Kenyon is much more
"me" oriented, Kumin tends to make more outside, deeper connections to what she writes about. Of course, the only book of Jane Kenyon's i have read so far (to be fair) was something cobbled together 'by the estate of", which always seems to me to be more for the money than the memorial. And Maxine Kumin is a perfect poet to read as the weather changes, and you sit in the sun on the porch, and reflect.

Back to the wood pile. Wintah's comin' on.

4 comments:

  1. ah, you left out one of the main reasons for leaf color. There are many things that add or take away from the beauty, but the length of daylight makes up most of the difference. If everyday had the same amount of sunshine it would be very predictable, but when you have a lot of cloudy days it hastens the color change, when you have lots of sun shiny days it makes the color change later. Now you have one more reason for color change you can add to your list. Respectfully DR. Hodson

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  2. most obliged, mr. hodson. (taking careful note, here) That might have more to do with it than anything else.

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  3. It is DR. Hodson when it comes to important matters like this.

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  4. I also like to play doctor....

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