It seems like all of nature really comes alive here at the onset of sure enough autumn.
After we've flirted with a frost, first fall is that window of time when nature responds to the shortening of the days and leaves change color somewhat and you can see your breath some chilly nights or early mornings. (To me, the first time you can see your breath is the real first of autumn.)
But in ‘first fall' the last of summer is still playing out. The flowers are still blooming out in the flowerbeds. And perhaps they are most vibrant right now. Or maybe we perceive them as being that way because we know that it won't be long before they will be covered with frost some clear, cold morning not too far down the road and ‘second fall' will be here. Second fall being after things have died and are settling down for winter.
But that isn't here, yet. Some of the sights of first fall here in Mississippi include cotton fields in full boll. You almost have to look for a cotton field nowadays there's so much corn. Not like a few decades ago when cotton was still king and you could see cotton fields in your sleep this time of year.
And as rare as a cotton field is in Mississippi today, even rarer is a cotton gin. Many have been abandoned or torn down and relocated elsewhere, where they can be of more use. Or repurposed. Like this cotton gin in the lower Delta that now processes peanuts. And enough peanuts are grown here now to make a processing plant useful. Everything changes.
Which brings us back to fall again, the season with the most noticeable changes. Winter yawns into spring. And spring is fully leafed out that by the time summer gets here it's just another day.
Summer into fall is a seamless process at first, into first fall. But one morning soon we'll awaken to a whole new world. After nature has become frostbitten and our attention is turned indoors for the holidays while outdoors the world changes into its pajamas and gets ready for a few months deep sleep during the dark gray days of winter ahead.
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:01:35 GMT
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor.More >>
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Thursday, August 28 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:49:29 GMT
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened last night, while he was making an arrest, at the intersection of Forest Hill RoadMore >>
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened Wednesday night, while he was making an arrest at the intersection of Forest Hill Road and Raymond Road.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:26:05 GMT
This is a news release from the office of Judge Hollis McGehee Special Judge Hollis McGehee has scheduled a status conference and hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Circuit Court CourtroomMore >>
Special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee said he will file a scheduling order for the Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran trial by the end of this week. More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
A Jackson Prep football player hospitalized following Friday night's game has died. Walker Wilbanks was transported Friday to the hospital during the second half of the school's home football game againstMore >>
Pressler says Walker's death was an "unfortunate freak event" revolving around the balance of sodium and water in the body. He says it had no reflection of being over or underhydrated.