While I am not the Farmer's Almanac (my father worked there as a Marketing Director ages ago), and I have not seen any fuzzy worms, I have had a fair amount of accuracy forecasting weather trends. Not that anyone has any records of mine, but I just seem to sense it and I respect that intuitive feed.
I have a friend over in Hong Kong who says it has been unseasonably hot, but he doesn't live there full time so he doesn't know what that means. I think the weather patterns are all 'calli-whumpas' (turned about and upside down) because Mama Gaia is trying to sort out some things. Kind of like when you had fall cleaning and threw things around when you weren't sure what to do with them.
But all summer has been cooler than normal over here, lots more small craft and gale warnings in the Juan de Fuca Straits, and now we are getting a smattering of rain showers and plenty of cloud cover to make the temperatures plummet at night.
|Canadian Geese in the Solmar Pond, Sequim, WA|
|Female mallard duck among the geese; didn't see her mate.|
That usually means they have new (pin) feathers coming in and in the effort to break the casing, they knock out older ones.
I remember when my birds were moulting how they preened and groomed significantly more often. And there were lots of feathers flying around.
|Lots and lots of sleepy geese; worn out from flying south?|
Whatever is going on, I am aware it is cooler, and I'm still hoping for some warm fall days. There are still some trails I want to walk and places I want to explore.
I recently saw a photograph of Thorndyke Lake in Jaffrey, N.H. It was reflecting some beautiful foliage, but my sister tells me that they've been having a drought and the colors are no where near as intense as they might be for this time of year.
So, find your color where you can, get warm, and just enjoy what Mother Nature is throwing at us... she is always full of surprises!