Astronomical Autumn officially begins tonight. Simply put, fall has arrived!
The weather here in our nation’s capital turned delightfully brisk overnight. The sun is shining down without a cloud in the sky, but the air is crisp, and carrying scents of the season in the breeze. The animals in our home are feeling frisky and full of energy, as they welcome the cooler weather. As I watch the animals run, chase, and pounce around the house, I am reminded to welcome the changing season with them. I am guided to be outdoors, to stand in the breeze, to watch the leaves fall, and to let the sun warm my face. I am reminded to enjoy this season’s fleeting moments with the animals I love.
May the changing of seasons inspire you to get moving with your pets, and to enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents that Autumn has to offer us all.
Autumn is Nature’s last party of the year. And dressing for the occasion, forests don their brightest attire, while the creatures follow suit with plush coats of fur. As the birds savor their final flights in the waning embers of light, Nature’s children scamper about in search of manna for their winter pantries, pausing long enough to frolic in the heaps of newly fallen leaves.
― Debra Welsh, “Autumn Suppers,” Orange Coast Magazine, Oct. 1983