The start of fall is technically defined in the U.S. as the autumn equinox, or around the 20th of September. (This differs from Australia, where the seasons change on the first of the month). However, in Alaska, climate-wise, fall really starts about the first of September. The last half of August is filled with signs that fall is not too far around the corner, although this year it seems like it might be a little early.
One of the signs I notice every year is the fireweed.
|Fireweed blooms nearing the top of the stalk|
This year, I've also noticed the geese flocking. When they start gathering in large groups and hanging out in town, they're thinking about heading down south. It will probably be a few weeks before they go, but it's still a signal that summer is ending.
|Canadian geese on the way back home|
I don't know if I'm ready for summer to be over, but I do love fall. It's beautiful in Alaska, and I haven't had a real fall in two years. So I guess I'll just try to enjoy what's left of summer, and make that transition when I see the Termination Dust.