It seemed as if summer had two heads. The season, morphing into autumn, was like Janus, the two-headed Roman god of transition. Janus came to mind among the rivertops because the summer seemed to slowly shut its doors while opening new windows on the coming fall.
reflections on the stream of time
The current time looked forward to the new and backward on the old. Janus, most often linked with the start of January, walked with summer through the hills and hollows. He appeared oblivious to the threats of solar flares, magnetically charged eruptions that the media proclaimed could temporarily end GPS and radio and power transmissions as we knew it (omg!).
Let’s take a look at mid-September, from the two heads of a walking spirit, of a season quickly changing…
asters, “little stars,” from the goddess Astrea
catbird mewin’ at the sight of fall…
Alyssa at her birthday, now returned to Scotland
one green heron looks to summer, one looks to the fall
to catch the Fly of Time
a new fox den or, with large pawprints, perhaps coyote
white birch thru every season
a season down, another comin’ round
the late, sweet fruit of it
honeybee on goldenrod, “it’s in there somewhere”
Welcome to Rivertop Rambles. This is my blog about the headwaters country-far afield or close to home. I've been a fly-fisher, birder, and naturalist for most of my adult life. I've also written poetry and natural history books for thirty years. In Rambles I will mostly reflect on the backcountry of my Allegheny foothills in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York State. Sometimes I'll write about the wilderness in distant states, or of the wild places in the human soul. Other times I'll just reflect on the domestic life outdoors. In any case, I hope you enjoy. Let's ramble!
I have the urge to just start driving north in hopes either time or distance will allow me intercept fall somewhere along the way.
I’ll bet it’s the kind of feeling I often get in late winter/early spring, just want to get the change kick-started! Thanks Jim.
How did you get the skewed, circular appearance for some of the pictures? It’s a neat effect (although I suppose the spiderweb didn’t need it!).
I used the ‘fish-eye’ option to help create a little “2-way” tension there. I didn’t dare use it on the spiderweb cause the Web Master promised retribution if I messed with the image!
It seems as though we’re not get much of an extended transition from one season to the next. It’s like, “Boom, here’s fall!” The deer are sporting their winter coats already.
It’s getting harder to predict the near future, Bob, of that I’m certain. Though we could get our first seasonal frost tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised if we got our first snow before I get my wood pile in order.
It’s wonderful here in the northeast. We have the best in three seasons.
Bring on the best Autumn.
Here’s hoping for a great one, Alan. We can feel it quicken.
Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Mike. Happy transitioning.
Stunning images of another season that is in the rear view mirror, it will be Christmas before we know it–thanks for sharing
Hey Bill, always good to hear from you, and you’re probably right about Christmas, but I think I’ll apply the brakes if I see it any time soon!