An assortment of pumpkins and squashes on the grounds of St. Thomas Episcopal Church (Mamaroneck, NY)--October 4, 2009
Over the past week, the calendar was turned to October, summer's warmth faded a little farther into the past, Jack Frost's icy fingers touched the landscape for the first time in parts of the New York City suburbs, some of the leaves had grown a little more flush with color, and the sun's twin sunspots had faded away yet again in what has become the sun's quietest episode in nearly a century.
Across the Northern Hemisphere, winter's rising empire of cold and snow is slowly but steadily expanding southward. Winter's reign will first spread across Canada, the northernmost United States, northern Europe, and northern Asia. Through November and December, its frontiers will advance southward.
For now, even as that annual seasonal drama slowly unfolds, Indian Summer's milder breezes will sometimes send the mercury rising from its steadily lower troughs. Canada's Thanksgiving Day, the grand spectacle of autumn's colors, and American Thanksgiving Day all lie ahead.