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Just Outside My Door 09/06/12

September 12, 2012
By ELAINE G. COLE - COLUMNIST ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Labor Day marked an end to some of the summer activities even though the temperature is like that season. Some things are beginning to change. For instance, the bird songs are now few and far between, but the insect chorus is in full swing. I enjoy listening to them especially as the volume increases in the evening. Their voices remind me of the spring peepers. Also some of the summer birds are beginning to leave and the chickadees are visiting our feeders more frequently. Although the male gold finches have not lost their bright yellow color, they will soon begin to change their color making them look like the females.

Even though some things are changing outside, they will be replaced by the beauty of autumn. I saw the signs of the new season recently when I went down our woodland path to the creek where Bill was cutting down some dead and fallen trees and cutting them up for winter fuel. It was there I spotted a few colored leaves already on the a few trees. Soon all the trees and shrubs will be adorned with beautiful colored leaves. Even as I enjoy the bright green of spring after the darker colors of winter, I love seeing the autumn splendor and its fragrance.

One thing I heard which I hadn't heard all summer was the catbird. Usually I hear it a lot, but I wondered if they didn't nest near the creek this year because it was dry much of the summer. I suppose it was still running some beneath the ground, but those birds usually nest where it is wet and the swampy area down there was dry too.

Yes it's for sure our outdoor world will continue to change with each season for the Lord has said it would as long as earth remains. I'm thankful for that because I enjoy the changing season so much.



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