With September arriving, and–in the United States–Labor Day weekend marking the unofficial end of summer, it seems like people are beginning to turn their attention to the arrival of autumn.
If you’ve been in the high country, you’ve probably already felt the first hints of fall: crisp evenings, the smell of dry leaves, and the slow disappearance of monsoons are all things that–for me–mark the beginning of my favorite season. Some of my fondest memories in the mountains are at this time of year. And, while fall hasn’t quite come to the deserts and canyons yet, it will. There’s nothing quite like laying out on a sun-warmed slab of sandstone on a brisk fall day. Autumn really is the best time to be in the redrock wilderness.
This month’s image celebrates the transition from summer to fall. A golden cottonwood leaf rests on clay soil that’s drying after a summer rainstorm.
They say the sense of smell is mostly closely tied to memory. For me, the smells of autumn are what mark its beginning. How are your senses stimulated when the seasons change?