There are lots of signs of fall around. In fact, I'm having a hard time drawing a line between late summer and early fall. Here are a few of the seasonal signs I'm noticing in the first week of September.
About the very last flowers to start blooming in the garden have burst into blossom - the Fall Anemones.
There are squirrels in the oak trees across the road, chewing on acorns as fast as they can go. Half of them fall to the ground still intact, the ground is littered with them. Must be clumsy squirrels.
And of course there are lots of leaves just starting to turn colour - though most of the world here still looks remarkably green. This is a cherry leaf on a sapling in our meadow.
About the last wildflowers ('weeds') to bloom in the meadow, the New England Asters, now flash their purple colour along the trails.
The sporangia (spore cases) on the back of the fern leaves are really obvious. This is a Male Fern.
There are dozens of formerly blooming meadow flowers that are now brown clusters of tiny seeds ready for dispersal - this is a dried Elecampane blossom.
And of course it's tomato season - until the first frost. I could eat toasted tomato sandwiches for dinner for at least a month!