Monday, September 28, 2009

Fall Is Here (At Least For Now)

We're finally being blessed with some fall temperatures. It actually started last week - we had a couple of days that topped out in the 70s. Today the high was 80, but that feels really cool considering that yesterday it got up to 92! I think autumn is my favorite time of year because of the weather. The coolness is so refreshing after the hot summer. Between about mid September and mid October there are a good number of days here that I think could stack up with the best weather anywhere. Bright sunny skies, the summer haze chased away by the north winds, and cool enough temperatures so that you never even think about breaking a sweat.

Another indicator of fall that I love is listening to the owls in my backyard. I often hear them this time of year, and in fact I can hear one right now as I type this. I need to get on putting up a screech owl box in the big tree back there.

I watched the first part of the new Ken Burns documentary "The National Parks" last night, and I watched a little of part 2 tonight before switching to the football game (I'm recording TNP so I can watch it later). Great show. The history, anthropology, and nature nerds in me are totally geeking out over this show. The nature shots are stunning, and it's jam-packed with amazing old photographs. I'm ready to leave for Yellowstone tomorrow. Ken Burns is a dadburn genius. He could make a miniseries about paint drying interesting. If you have any interest at all in history or nature, I think you will like it. It runs through Friday on PBS. Highly recommended.



Blogger m. heart said...

I wonder if it will possible to get the documentary on Netflix or iTunes after it's aired? I saw previews for it while at my brother's house on Sunday and it looked fantastic!

I'm sure we must have screech owls here but I've never heard one. As for fall, I think a cold front is on it's way here this week - 50's tomorrow. Brrr.

9/28/2009 10:08 PM  
Blogger JC said...

It's on DVD now! The story that the ranger tells at the beginning of episode two about the buffaloes gave me goosebumps.

The funny thing is, I'm not sure I've ever heard a screech owl either. I'm pretty sure that the owls that I have been hearing are great horned owls. A nest box for those would be enormous though! Screech owls are much smaller.

10/07/2009 9:10 PM  

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