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It's The Season!

Updated on October 9, 2015
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Fall, the special season of the year.

In the Rocky Mountains we have two long seasons, summer and winter, and we have two short seasons, spring and fall. Of the four seasons, fall is the special one. Spring leads to the heat of summer. While we look forward to the transition from winter to spring, we do not look forward to the transition from fall to winter. Thus fall is our special season.

Fall brings with it the cooling from summer's heat, and we cherish those cooler days that still have warmth for outdoor activities before the days of winter we know are coming.

Fall is gift wrapped with the colorful wrappings of this short season when the trees take back some nutrients from their leaves, and then carpet the still green grass with a floral print that seems to outdo the blossoms of spring.

The clouds at altitude seem whiter and brighter with their own varied patterns which are not the threatenings of summer, nor the dull rain clouds of spring. It will be soon enough that they lower and drop their loads of snow and ice from gray, leaden clouds that cotton the ridgelines and descend to the valleys announcing winter.

Fall has its uncut fields of bleaching corn stalks and uncovered pumpkins, its apple orchards and fruit stands, its jack-o-lanterns and lonely scarecrows surveying re-plowed fields inhabited by migrating birds, ducks, and geese gleaning leftovers on their way south.

Toasting marshmallows becomes a competitive sport of crusting and re-crusting as many as three times each, while running to catch a football doesn't require a follow up shower.

The cadenced bounces of basketballs in the driveway mix with the cracks of bats inside as the menfolk and some of the sports-minded gals settle in with chips and dips to see which baseball team is crowned the year's champion.

The discussions of referees' calls in favorite college games strive for consensus win or lose, and early hopes fade or glow on the fortunes of a series of Saturdays in the fall, while athletic cheerleaders boost the flow in alumni veins as familiar themes echo from student bands of the faithful.

The bow and rifle hunting seasons see permit winners tramping the fields and paths of autumn, reenacting survival treks of years past, and a few neighbors' cars and trucks boast new hood ornaments of once exciting sightings.

One of the "Biggest Bucks In Maine"

269 Pounds that fed us many wonderful meals.
269 Pounds that fed us many wonderful meals. | Source

When the fall parade of ghosts and goblins, cartoon characters,princesses, and politician look-alikes has been tricked and treated, fall settles in to the few remaining and cherished days with their smell of burning leaves and chimney smoke.

These are the days of Thanksgiving when available family gather around, when memories are recounted, and new participants are welcomed. Then, when the leftovers meals of sandwiches and soups, pies and cookies give way to standard fare, the V formations of honking, migrating geese seem to draw a comforter over the fall scene and we give an extra thanks for this precious season called fall.

A moment of shared thanksgiving.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      The bird most associated with Christmas in Britain is the robin, on most Christmas cards and decorations. It's because he's a hardy little bird that's around all year and brightens up the dull winter months with his bright red breast and loud musical song. It also sits by gardeners hoping to catch a worm or two. I don't know whether it's featured in the Bible though but one could take a lesson from its cheeriness and hope.

      Ann

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I wouldn't know, Demas, so sorry.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Deb,

      Would you like to write a Hub on "Birds Of The Bible"?

      Is there a bird whose name is quickly associated with Christmas, Christ, or the Holidays (other than the tenuous bird the Turkey? Demas

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And then there is the Christmas Bird Count in December! Hooray!

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Ann,

      Sounds like a day for supermarket chains to celebrate! Most of our mountains' fall foliage has already dropped. I suspect that some of that is a solar cycle, because the daytime temperatures have continued unseasonaly warm with Salt Lake City reaching 85 F. two days ago, and daytimes staying in the middle to upper 70's. It sure is nice to still be harvest tomatoes, beans, and zucchini from the gardens. Thanks for commenting here and on today's Hub.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Autumn is indeed beautiful. We don't have thanksgiving but we do have 'Harvest Festival' which I always used to love as a child. The church was filled with produce from the orchards and the fields, including stooks of corn. Nowadays, there's an array of produce from the supermarket; still kind donations but not quite the same!

      Ann

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      Denise McGill 

      4 years ago from Fresno CA

      Well, Sir Demas... I'm in full masters mode. I am working of two books and several pages at a time. But it's coming along. Thanks for asking. I so want to get back to your Christmas story. Perhaps I can do some puppy thumbnails soon. Have a great weekend yourself.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      whonunuwho - Thanks for the kudo. I think that fall itself is uplifting, whether or not Utah has a victory over USC today.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Denise,

      Yes, indeed fall varies according to where we are in the world. An even shorter fall, such as you mention, would make it even sadder to see it flying by.

      How's your masters coming along? I am in a funk with my books while I get some bookkeeping done, so November is looking like the next peak of my efforts.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Denise McGill 

      4 years ago from Fresno CA

      For me the fall season never lasts nearly long enough. By the time trick or treaters come by it is only cooling down in the evenings and the pretty fall foliage is only beginning to brighten the day. Sadly it only delights the eyes for about two weeks before the first rains come and knock the lovely leaves from their perches. And if the rains don't come by Thanksgiving it means another season of drought in California... not a welcome prospect. But I love fall even for the briefest of weeks. Thanks.

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      whonunuwho 

      4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the uplift in spirits you have given in this tribute to a special time in our lives. Well done. whonu

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