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Walt's Look Around: The Last Weekend of Summer

. And even though the trees are green, they aren't the deep, summer green we've been seeing since the middle of April.    Source: WLBT . And even though the trees are green, they aren't the deep, summer green we've been seeing since the middle of April. Source: WLBT
The leaves on the vast majority of trees here this last weekend of summer are still pretty much green in Mississippi, but not totally.    Source: WLBT The leaves on the vast majority of trees here this last weekend of summer are still pretty much green in Mississippi, but not totally. Source: WLBT
A few Japanese Maples, like the ones in downtown Brandon, are farther along.   Source: WLBT A few Japanese Maples, like the ones in downtown Brandon, are farther along. Source: WLBT
But the shift from summer to fall is probably the most abrupt seasonal change we have in Mississippi, gradual as it is.    Source: WLBT But the shift from summer to fall is probably the most abrupt seasonal change we have in Mississippi, gradual as it is. Source: WLBT
There are fallish things going on around us already. Not only in the woods, but at the yard and garden places and farmers markets like the on in Flowood.    Source: WLBT There are fallish things going on around us already. Not only in the woods, but at the yard and garden places and farmers markets like the on in Flowood. Source: WLBT

The leaves on the vast majority of trees here this last weekend of summer are still pretty much green in Mississippi, but not totally. Sweet gum and black gum and tulip poplar are beginning to show some color. But individual leaves, not whole trees yet, for the most part, anyway.

A few Japanese Maples, like the ones in downtown Brandon, are farther along. And even though the trees are green, they aren't the deep, summer green we've been seeing since the middle of April.

They seem to have faded somewhat. Washed out, tired perhaps. Weary of the present and looking forward to the next thing. And that's the way autumn creeps in here in the deep south.   Not a sudden event, but a methodical process. Like time.

I have about come to the conclusion that time neither flies nor does it drag. but it doesn't stop for anything. Methodically, whether you're ready for it or not, it clops past, and we've clopped to the last weekend of calendar summer.

We still have plenty of warm weather ahead. We aren't quite to that first chilly night when you can see your breath outdoors and you can smell wood smoke from chimneys all over the neighborhood. But the shift from summer to fall is probably the most abrupt seasonal change we have in Mississippi, gradual as it is.

There are fallish things going on around us already. Not only in the woods, but at the yard and garden places and farmers markets like the on in Flowood. Pumpkins are as plentiful now as watermelons were just a few weeks ago. And mums are replacing petunias as the flower of choice for the yard.

The harvest is in and our minds are shifting from picnics to Thanksgiving just down the way and Halloween in between, only surpassed by Christmas for decorations, now.

The oranges and yellows and purples and reds of the flowers we are about to set out rival or even eclipse the colors the woods will be showing us by Thanksgiving. So even though the temperatures will still be summer like for a few more weeks, they are not as hot as they've been.

And changes in the elements will come quicker from here on. This last weekend of summer still looks and feels a lot more like what has been more than what is to come. But all you have to do is look around and see the signs of the season that is just around the corner.

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