Saturday, October 04, 2008
Yes, it's Round Robins time again! This week's topic, The End Of Summer, was suggested by Janet of the blog Fond of Snape a little over a year ago. We just had to wait for summer to end again so we could play along!
Living in Tucson makes a topic like this one kind of tricky. The end of summer in my childhood memories was about a last day of riding the waves on Lake Ontario, or heading back to school, or picking apples off our tree in the back yard. It's about a new chill in the evenings, early October rain, and the tinge of yellow or red started to spread across a maple leaf. I can't show you anything like that. There are no waves to ride, the only apples I see come from the grocery store, and I have no kids to show in new school clothes, getting on a bus. The rainy season is over here, and by and large the leaves don't change color.
As for a new chill in the air, check this out:
Not exactly chilly, is it? But compare that with the first day of autumn, when it was 98 degrees at 6 PM, or the many times over the summer when the temperature broke 110.
One sure sign of the end of summer is that the days cease to be longer than the nights. That means an earlier sunset.
Another sign of the end of summer is when the annuals finish their growing season - assuming they haven't already been killed off by scorching heat or drought or caterpillars or, um, dogs:
"Nooo! I can save them!" John exclaimed (in jest) when I told him I was photographing the dying annuals.
To be honest, though, my personal summer ended nearly a month ago, on September tenth. That was the day my 90-day employment contract ended in Oro Valley. I ended that day on a curb with my shoebox of personal possessions, taking a few last pictures with my Sprint phone:
Be sure to check our Welcome Entry and Rules of Play if you're new to the Round Robin Photo Challenge and would like to play along. Meanwhile, be sure to check out the other Robins' farewells to summer!
Janet - Posted!
Fond of Snape
Karen - Posted!
Wammy - Posted!
The Ellis Family
ellen b. - **Welcome, New Member!**- Posted!
The Happy Wonderer
Carly - Posted!
Connie - Posted!
Far Side of Fifty
Erin - Posted!
Life of a College Student
Gattina - Posted!
Nancy Luvs Pics
Kiva - Posted!
The Eclectic Granny
Valerie - Posted!
_rRose (new blog!) - Posted!
WAIT-NOTYET- MOUNTAIN RIVER WHISPERS
Sandra - Posted!
Mary - Posted!
Work of the Poet
Jill (new blog!) - Posted!
South Bay Soliloquy
Jennifer Robin - Posted!
Teena - Posted!
It's all about me!
Arti - **Welcome, New Member!** - Posted!
Mary - Posted!
Just A Hippie Gypsy
Chrissie (new blog address!) - Posted!
Abby **Welcome New Member** - Posted!
Oh, and a note to AOL-J Robins, and anyone else changing blog addresses: please let us know the URL of your new blogging home as soon as you can, so we can update the sidebar over the next couple of weeks. Thanks - we're here for you!