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Date:11/22/2014 12:51:40 PM
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The Sounds of Autumn
It's quieter now. As I mentioned earlier, the birdsong has diminished to just the cardinals, bluejays, and the chirps of the chickadee. Now we hear the chirps of the crickets and the rasp of the katydid. The nights are berift of birdsong, except for the owls. There's an oak tree which stands over the metal-clad tractor shed at the homestead. One of the sounds of Autumn is the ping of the acorns rattling on the aluminum roof of that shed. To be awake late at night and hear the owls and the howls of the coyotes, punctuated by the pings of dropping acorns; that's the sounds of Autumn to me. I've also stayed up, huddled in a jacket, under the garage porch, listening to just one katydid braving the night, with one or two candles providing illumination.

The sounds of Autumn are the sounds of almost silence, respects to Simon and Garfunkel. The few sounds that one hears are conspicous by the absence of others. On a summer night one hears the frogs, crickets, and various birdsong, the most welcome being the whipoorwill. Aready I miss that. I know that I will have to wait almost eight months before I hear that again. And this is before the first frost! Now, it is the quietness of Autumn which holds my attention. -- Gary
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