Most of the year we slide from month to month with just gradual changes in the landscape. Spring to summer is anticlimactic in the South because it has been summer since the first of May here. And the first day of fall is just a date on the calendar in the Deep South. Even October is just a time when the transition from nature running at full capacity to getting ready to shut down is just starting. But let November get here and the change to autumn is unmistakable.
Fog shrouds the world some mornings. So quiet that you can hear a leaf drop. Water droplets make strings of pearls on spider's webs in the grass and in the trees.
And the trees, they have either taken on their autumn Technicolor hews or are becoming bald for winter already. Whereas in summer the trees are just the framing for the interesting subjects in the background, in November they snap to the front and become the center of attention.
It's November when the yard is covered alternate by rain showers followed by leaf showers.
In November is when you can wheel in off the highway and buy bushels of sweet potatoes in Vardaman at any number of drive-thrus.
It's November when signs of change in the trees are echoed by signs of change we elect to make.
Fall flowers show up best in November. Perhaps our wild flowers in November are even more prolific than the wild flowers in spring. Spring flowers are appreciated because they are the sign that winter is over, fall flowers even more so because we know that when they come along it's just before nature closes up shop for the colorless winter.
And in those years when we haven't yet had a killing frost, the hardiest of the summer flowers are still in bloom, too. It's a bonus we get only this time of year. But for a limited time only.
The bright cloudless days of November more and more are leading to increasingly colder nights. And soon, if not already, the downtown streets will not be decorated not so much with the autumn colors of November, but the bright lights of Christmas and the holidays.
How active and vibrant the world is now, masks a warning for us, to number our days. November is here, winter is on the way.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-06-19 01:47:49 GMT
Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman has turned in her resignation to Mayor Harvey Johnson and will retire from the police force in a matter of days. Chief Coleman, who has served with the Jackson PoliceMore >>
Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman has turned in her resignation to Mayor Harvey Johnson and will retire from the police force in a matter of days.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:31:40 GMT
Ridgeland police officers and Madison County sheriff's deputies have surrounded a house on Bryceland Drive in Ridgeland. Lt. John Neil with the Ridgeland Police Department says a resident called policeMore >>
Ridgeland Chief of Police Jimmy Houston said the standoff in Ridgeland is resolved.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:00:46 GMT
There is no such thing as sacred ground for some thieves. Two men rob at least four people at a Jackson church. Officer Colendula Green tells us around 6:22 Monday evening the group was standing outsideMore >>
There is no such thing as sacred ground for some thieves. Two men robbed at least four people at a Jackson church Monday night.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:37:58 GMT
An accident that occurred around 3 p.m. Saturday on I-20 W. resulted in at least one fatality. The accident happened between Bovina and Flowers. A bystander told WLBT/WDBD the multi-vehicle accidentMore >>
A second person has died from a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 in Warren County Saturday.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 1:11 AM EDT2013-06-18 05:11:50 GMT
A two-vehicle accident at the Highway 18 and Springridge Road intersection Saturday, resulted in at least one death. A one-and-a-half year-old died in the accident, according to Hinds County Coroner SharonMore >>
A two-vehicle accident at the Highway 18 and Springridge Road intersection Saturday evening resulted in the death of a toddler. Officials have made an arrest in the death.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 3:26 PM EDT2013-06-17 19:26:53 GMT
Jackson police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in south Jackson Monday morning. Few details are being released at this time, but Officer Colendula Green confirms one maleMore >>
Jackson police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in south Jackson and have identified both victims. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:59:19 GMT
LYNCHBURG, VA (RNN) – Kimberly Burke is used to capturing emotion. As a wedding photographer, she has an eye for tender moments, like the photo she snapped of a Marine and his bride praying that has goneMore >>
A quiet moment captured before a couple wed has brought collective "awws" by millions on the internet.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:49:53 GMT
Simpson County Sheriff's deputies are looking for two inmates who walked off a work detail crew early Monday morning. According to Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis, Simpson County Adult Detention CenterMore >>
Two Simpson County inmates who walked off a work detail site Monday morning have been recaptured.More >>
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