Odes to autumn

Despite the continuing heat, the recent “cool” front did knock us down to normal summer temperatures, a plummet of ten degrees or more that feels like a sign of seasonal change even though it’s still fracking hot.  But at least now it’s normal summer hot rather than “Oh my gawd!  I’m in hell and I’m dying!” hot.

Short-lived though it might end up being, the sudden change in the weather brought with it a feeling of autumnal inevitability, a hint of what’s to come.

One autumnal constant is the abundance of odonates (damselflies and dragonflies).  So in honor of this most welcome “cool” spell, I thought it would be nice to celebrate with some odes to autumn.  Or, rather, some odes of autumn.

A male eastern pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) resting on the ground (20080601_06000)

Eastern pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis); male

A male eastern amberwing (Perithemis tenera) perched on a plant (20080614_06764)

Eastern amberwing (Perithemis tenera); male

A male neon skimmer (Libellula croceipennis) perched on a blade of grass (20080712_09411)

Neon skimmer (Libellula croceipennis); male

A female common whitetail (Plathemis lydia) resting on a rock (20080727_10249)

Common whitetail (Plathemis lydia); female

A male common whitetail (Plathemis lydia) perched on a dried reed (20080816_10867)

Common whitetail (Plathemis lydia); male

A juvenile male common whitetail (Plathemis lydia) resting on the ground (20080901_11555)

Common whitetail (Plathemis lydia); juvenile male

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It’s amazing what a dramatic relief it is when the daily high temperatures drop ten degrees or more and land in the 95°-98° F/35°-37° C range.  Heck, our overnight lows never fell to within three degrees of 80° F/27° C, so even early mornings felt like being in an oven.  This summer has sucked with early and long-lived excessive heat.  I never thought I’d say this, but right now our normal summer temperatures feel cool and comfortable.

6 thoughts on “Odes to autumn”

  1. The heat has zapped my desire to be outside looking for things to write about. Today was the first day that I really felt like being outside in over a month. It was 58 degrees when we got up this morning. Glorious!

    1. Hi Joy – I’ve questioned my sanity this summer – I’ve spent several very hot days outside in the merciless heat. So far, I’ve come home with an experience (and pictures) that have made the outing worth it, though that heat sure zaps the energy right out of you. Like Jason says, I welcome the cooler, “normal,” summer weather!

  2. I am so glad to see your photos and words back after your hiatus.
    The colors in those first pictures are exceptional, so close to primary shades of blue and green as well as that red-orange color. They take on an almost graphical quality.

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