Everything is fresh.
The air is cooler with the nights becoming a little bit longer hosting skies that begin the dance of the Aurora Borealis.
A smell that is different.
Fresh, crisp, alive.
Drying leaves, wet earth and warm apples fresh from the tree
There is a look that is... well, it looks... hmmm... the only way I can think of describing what I think of the way fall looks is to imagine a young boy fresh from crawling out from under a large pile of leaves. Cheeks red from the cool air, eyes sparkling with excitement after the leap into the soft yet crunchy bed that was laid out before him. A trusty canine friend running in circles around the boy, who is wearing a big woolie sweater with matching mittens and hat, tail wagging in anticipation for the next run.
Trees not quite bare but empty enough to let the fall sunlight come through, reflecting the light of the yellow and orange leaves that are still hanging on, reaching out for the last warm rays of sunshine.
Sounds change this time of year also. The leaves dance wildly bumping into each other as they work hard to hang on for just one more day. A sing song of leaf toe tapping which comes to a climax when they flutter down to the ground sending out one last hurrah with a little slap as they finally make contact.
Geese saying their farewell for another year and Chickadees coming together for a choir of melodies echoed by the crows that have shown up to sit on the tree tops are just a small sampling of the fall music that surrounds me every day.
The quiet laid back sounds of summer ever so slowly are drowned out by fall, the birds, the leaves all brought to life by the winds. A ruckus of sound that builds up only to be silenced after the first fall of snow.
This time of year also has taste.
No, I don't bend down and lick the ground or the trees. But I do LOVE the taste of pumpkin pie which I seem to only eat this time of the year.
The dogs also love this time of year. They are full of energy and craziness that is only subdued by a good run behind a scooter.
And who doesn't like a run in the cool mornings that we now wake up to?