The First Day Of Fall Is Upon Us
September 22 is the first day of fall.
(Above–The 1890 painting Autumn Rain by Julian Alden Weir.)
What exactly is fall?
From that defintion–
“The autumnal equinox marks the first day of the fall season. On this day, the Sun is again directly over the earth’s equator, and daylight lasts 12 hours in the Northern Hemisphere and decreasing. This day is typically recognized as September 22 in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, the first day of spring is recognized on September 23.”
Though I imagine we all get the idea no matter the specific definition. Even if it is our own idea that we get.
The seasons mean different things to different people and the seasons mean different things depending on where you live.
The seasons may mean something totally different from what we take them to represent in everyday thought.
Martin Luther King once said this—
“The sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.”
Metaphor gives life substance.
Above is a picture taken by Wing-Chi Poon of the Lost Maples State Natural Area in Texas.
I had not heard of this Lost Maples place before I started writing this post. It is not at all like what I see in Houston.
Isn’t it excellent that the world is full of different places? There is so much to see and to learn.
This park is in Bandera and Real counties in Texas. It is yet another resource provided by government for the good of the general public.
I turned 44 a few days ago. I don’t suppose that it is yet the autumn of my years. Maybe it is mid to late summer.
For those who don’t want summer to ever end—No need to worry.
Summer is my favorite season. I like the heat and the long days because I feel they are the most conducive to creativity and optimism.
Though, of course, fall has many virtues.
In the last few years I lived up north in Cincinnati, fall made me apprehensive because the short cold days of winter that were approaching struck me as depressing.
Now that I am in Texas, I would enjoy at least a few crisp autumn days.
This makes me yet another person to observe that we only know what we are missing until after the fact.
Houston is often very hot and first day of fall does not mean so much. It’s greatest meaning may be that hurricanes rarely strike this part of the country after the third week of September.
How should we note the first day of fall? Should we conduct a sacrifice?
No. I think that would be somewhat severe.
Instead, let us mark the new season by being kind to others.
I think that would be best for all seasons of the year.
(Below—Autumn at Tsaritsyano Park in Moscow. Picture taken by Корзун Андрей.)
September 21, 2010 - Posted by Neil Aquino | Uncategorized | Art, Autumn, Climate Change, Fall, Frank Sinatra, Global Warming, Julian Alden Weir, Lost Maples State Natural Area, Martin Luther King, Metaphor, Moscow, Tsaritsyano Park, United States National Arboretum
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