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The time of year that Keats called the ‘Season of mists & mellow fruitfulness’, Autumn is a season famous for its harvest time, turning leaves, cooling temperatures & darkening nights. There are two different dates when Autumn could be said to begin. Autumn as defined by the Earth’s orbit around the sun, begins on the the Equinox & Solstice which falls on 22 or 23 September. However, for the purposes of recording climate data, it is important to have set dates that can be compared, so the meteorological Autumn always begins on 1 September.

One of the most stunning signs of Autumn is the turning of the leaves. The shorter days are a sign to trees to begin to prepare for winter. During winter there is not enough light for photosynthesis to occur, so as the days shorten throughout Autumn, the trees begin to close down their food production systems & reduce the amount of chlorophyll in their leaves.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

 ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar & cinnamon.”

– Sarah Addison Allen

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

– Lauren DeStefano

“It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider & a sky so blue you could drown in it.”

– Diana Gabaldon, Outlander


Did You Know?

The word equinox comes from the Latin equi (meaning equal) & nox (meaning night) accounting for the equinox marking the time when day & night are of equal length. We often notice the nights begin to draw in from this point as after the Autumn equinox, the night longer than the day, until this is reversed at the Spring equinox.

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