Autumn is the gradual decline from summer to winter. The unexpected warmth of the days is what I love. The season’s colors are my favorite. I also love how the rain and wind feel powerful and energetic. It feels like a season of signs and omens. There are birds flying, deer rutting and fall color everywhere.

The atmosphere is what makes autumn so special. It is the perfect time to watch horror movies, with no better evidence than the imposing and cold forests. Because death is always there, it is the best time of year. It’s getting darker and colder; the leaves are starting to fall. There is a chilliness, frost, fog, and snow in the night. It is the season of Halloween, Bonfire Night, and dry, dead leaves feel under your feet. The five days that fall between October and November are, to me, the start of Christmas. The colder weather and darker nights are actually a sign of the coming season. Frost is the scent of autumn. Autumn smells like bonfires, woodfires, and gunpowder for firework displays. Despite the gradual decline towards death, there’s still plenty of life in the old years. The leaves change to dazzling colors of reds, yellows, and ambers before they fall from the trees. Images like these are possible. This scene is common in the English countryside. It’s also the season for fruit picking. This includes pears, apples and blackberries. These aren’t just beautiful, but also a reminder to the highest point of the year’s income.

Autumn is notable by the absence of birdsong. Leaves are dropping and wind isn’t very noticeable. The countryside is home to the shrieking of foxes and deer calling for their rutting season. Small mammals like squirrels and badgers will venture through the forest undergrowth to search for food and shelter during the night and dark evenings. It is also associated with heavier, more filling foods.

Everything outside is usually damp from the dew. Unbare arms can cause goosebumps. The feet swish between piles of leaves and crunch. If it’s really cold, the feet may feel frozen. Consider how the sun touches your skin when it is warm. It’s a different feeling than in spring and summer.


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    Paul Wallace is a 44-year-old anthropology professor and blogger. He has been writing about anthropology and other topics for over a decade. He has also taught anthropology at the college level for over a decade.

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