Thursday Thirteen No. 47: Late Summer? Early Autumn?

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1. Late summer? Early autumn? Which?
2. Call it August, September....It doesn't matter.

3. I call it today

4. When the sun rises later and with langor

5. Slowly streaming through the leaves the window and into my coffee cup.

6. The steam of the coffee is visible this cool morning

7. On which the insects continue their conversation. They have scarcely noticed dawn.

8. Have they noticed that the birches are turning and dropping their yellow leaves

9. That they are dry and tired and letting go without any fanfare, without a calendar?

10. My fingers feel the cool of the morning and I draw them into my sweatshirt.

11. I will swim later, I think, and the water will feel very warm.

12. And that will be that for the swimsuit stretched and frayed by a long hot summer and the sea.

13. The dust and heat remind me of the smell of paper, a returning to indoor work and solitude, in a way--

In just a few days. For now it is late summer.

Thursday Thirteen

Comments

  1. A good sense of transition - and we always seem to look forward to the next season.

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  2. Anonymous6:36 PM

    Beautiful!

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  3. This was lovely. Did you go swimming? Was the water warm? (Thanks for visiting my TT)

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  4. Anonymous6:44 PM

    Did you write that? Gosh, it's wonderful! Really - great! I've never liked this season, but this year, I am enjoying the time in the garden, the time outside without the heat and the warmth of the mid day even.

    Happy TT!

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  5. Whether you call it late summer or autumn... I love the season! Did you write it yourself? Wow!
    Thanks for visiting my TT.

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  6. Thanks for asking...these are my thoughts in my own words. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Beautiful :) Happy TT Sandy!

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  8. I love the alternating hellos-to-autumn and goodbyes-to-summer in this.

    It's my favourite time of year: just before summer finally lets go, but before autumn is in its full (chilly) glory, so there's still something to look forward to.

    You captured it beautifully!

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  9. Just beautiful. It feels like fall here in Michigan. I love cool nights and mornings. Great TT. I loved it.

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  10. Well done, Sandy! It's still very much summer here in the Queen City (smile).

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  11. Anonymous7:44 PM

    It's still summer in Florida! Fall is in late December for a few weeks then Spring starts.

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  12. Beautiful summer flower.

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  13. Anonymous7:59 PM

    happy tt i always love reading your blogs...they're so lyrical and poetic.
    http://www.apooobooks.com/2008/08/20/hot-fun-summertimehanging-beach/

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  14. we are feeling the transition here also. it's still in the high 90s but temps are cooling in the night and early mornings. although swimming is still possible through october. we have spent the summer indoors to escape the heat and be cool so we look forward to fall and exploring the outside world again. nice thoughts, I felt like I was there with you enjoying the changes.

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  15. I love summer and find fall sad. Your TT is wonderful. Happy TT

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  16. I love the blend from summer to fall...beautifully written.

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  17. Around these parts, summer lasts until late October.

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  18. Anonymous10:17 PM

    Sounds like fall.

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  19. It feels like fall here. Happy TT.

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  20. Anonymous11:15 PM

    Great TT.

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  21. All I know is the summer clothes (which I love) must be put up for fall transitional colors. No fun.

    Good list.

    SJR
    The Pink Flamingo
    http://thepinkflamingo.blogharbor.com/blog/_archives/2008/8/20/3847981.html

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  22. Great list....I would love to say early Fall but its just not cool enough yet:) Happy TT my friend.

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  23. How stunning and beautiful that was. The picture captured your words perfectly. You are quite prolific.

    My TT is up here.

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  24. Anonymous12:26 AM

    I like this time of year.
    Nice TT

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  25. life also have its own seasons. beautiful shot to represent change.

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  26. I like your thoughts on late summer...very nice picture!

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  27. Anonymous1:11 AM

    I don't know about where you are, but it's definitely still summer here.

    Alice at I Was Born2Cree8
    Or My 24th Thursday 13

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  28. Wonderful thoughts, Sandy. And that yellow star is fantastic!
    Charming and interesting post.

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  29. Lovely ramblings, Sandy! I really miss the cool mornings. Right now it's still steamy and sticky here and summer seems endless here in the Deep South.

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  30. Hello Sandy!
    I like your way you write:)
    you expression is very beautiful.

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  31. Very beautiful, Sandy!

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  32. just lovely words and the picture is so precise we see the pollen--well we are no where near fall but i am happy for you

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  33. Sandy, a lovely Thursday Thirteen! I'm so glad we're going into Fall!

    I have a brand new award for you at my blog - come see! :)

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  34. That is beautiful, and makes me want to be where you are. We don't get that season at all here in the Arizona desert, and your writing makes me miss it!

    Happy TT!

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  35. Anonymous10:00 AM

    It's funny, I've been away for almost three weeks enjoying the beach but I come home and feel like I missed summer. There were no butterflies where I was. I guess I missed enjoying my own yard as summer slips by.

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  36. Oh I love this, thanks.

    Happy TT!

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  37. Anonymous11:08 AM

    I'm sad that summer almost seems to be over, so I stick with late summer!

    Happy T13!

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  38. Anonymous11:16 AM

    Beautiful poem.

    I've always said my favorite season is August. :)

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  39. I don't know about you, but this summer has gone by quick... too quick actually.

    In case you missed my reply to your comments on my T13, one of the things I said is that if you are interested in taking a trip down memory lane, you can watch episodes of "Nanny and the Professor" at www.hulu.com.

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  40. Lovely! Very soothing and calm. A nice transition to Autumn.

    Happy TT!

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  41. Anonymous1:08 PM

    Fantastic writing today. I love it. This morning it was just a bit cooler and I had a longing for fall.

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  42. As always, you totally captured the feeling, Sandy...it really is late summer, and I'm almost ready to turn the corner.

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  43. Beautiful photo of course. :) I like this time of year too and I look forward to the snow although hubs is very bummed about the changing trees.

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  44. Anonymous2:28 PM

    That was lovely. I especially like the inclusion of the coffee cup there. It felt rather full of lazily moving sunbeams, actually.

    Happy TT!

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  45. Very pretty photo!

    I still call it summer, though I can hardly wait for September and fall!!

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  46. We're into the last 10 days of winter here!

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  47. Beautiful - left me longing for a true autumn, I can't wait!

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  48. A lovely, mood-setting Thursday 13, Sandy. :)

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  49. thought provoking. just sad for the reason of the changing seasons; not on their own...

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  50. Great post! Thank you for stopping by to see our newest addition to the family. That dog of ours was really curious about the baby! lol

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  51. Nice TT.

    http://collectingmythoughts.blogspot.com/2008/08/thursday-thirteen-and-friday-family.html

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