It’s the first day of September, and the first day of what is arguably one of my favorite times of year – fall. Even if you’re not in school anymore, there’s just something about fall that feels like a fresh start. Maybe it’s the sudden switch from hot summer nights to cool, crisp evenings, maybe it’s fall fashion week and the reemergence of sweaters and scarves, or maybe it’s just the simple fact that the fresh-books-and-backpacks feeling is so ingrained from childhood that you just can’t shake it. As a Jew, fall also means the new year – a time of repentance and reflection. Which, if you’ve lived the year I’ve lived, is probably best left to another blog post.
But, the point is, it finally feels like summer is coming to a close in favor of fall. And, I don’t know about anyone else, but it’s been one heck of a stressful summer. Fall feels like a much-needed breath of fresh air. A cool breeze to wash away all that stale, stagnant summer stuff and replace it with something crisp and clean and invigorating. Fall also means a return to a few of my favorite things – pumpkin patches, holiday decorations, cold winter nights spent curled up with thick blankets and even thicker books…the list goes on and on. Suffice it to say, I couldn’t be happier to see the calendar say September 1st.
So happy first day of fall everyone. To celebrate, here are a few gorgeous fall pics from my former employer (and still one of my favorite landscape photographers) Dan Merkel. Can’t you just smell the leaves crunching?