Sunday, September 16, 2012

Autumn Begins

Autumn begins unnoticed. Nights slowly lengthen,
and little by little, clear winds turn colder and colder,

summer's blaze giving way. My thatch hut grows still.
At the bottom stair, in bunchgrass, lit dew shimmers.

— Meng Hao-jan (689-740)


  1. I know. Technically, the equinox isn't until this weekend. But I've been outside the last two nights, and seeing the vapor of my breath against the moonlight, noticing the faint scent of woodsmoke, the dew in the grass...ah.

    Close enough.

  2. I just noted that it's 76 in the morning instead of 80. Whoohoo! (not kidding - my weekend morning bike rides were killing me.) And, yeah, the dew shimmers and stuff.

  3. Brian M11:17 AM

    It was lovely this morning. Quite a chill in the air when I got to work.

    One good thing about living in California is our winters are not (generallY) miserable experiences like those found in Continental climates like my hometown in Indiana. And falls last forever, with color (yes we have color) lasting well into late November.

    I like winter here...except that inland California can have years with horrible valley fog. THAT is as bad as an Indiana winter!