I was shocked this morning to drag myself out of bed just before 7 and discover the sun had not risen! Then I was even more shocked when a few minutes later it did rise, but far to the south of where I had seen it last time (I'm not very good at seeing sunrises during mid-summer when they occur so early). It told me loud and clear that fall is on its way!
Not much of a sunrise really, but look at the position of the rising sun! Well to the right of that big old elm tree. Compare this to the photo below, the only comparison shot I could come up with.
In late June the sun was rising right in the lowest spot of the skyline, right in that dip, well to the left (north) of the big old elm. The position of the sun changes quickly at this time of year at our latitude.
But there are many more signs of the seasons. The heavy dew in the morning is one of the most obvious on days when I want to do any work in the garden or yard. You have to wait til afternoon for things to dry out.
These dark Red Osier Dogwood were coated in dew too. These three pictures were accidentally under-exposed, but they showed the dew better than the ones taken at a normal exposure.
In the morning sun the red colour the dogwoods have already turned also showed up.
And all over this part of Ontario the wheat harvest is just about finished. This field got caught by the rain which interrupted combining earlier this week. Now it has to dry out again.
And down the road from our house the purple New England Asters are coming into bloom. This is the wildflower that typically ends the summer for me. The summer has flown by, the days are shorter, the evenings cooler, and fall is nearly here.