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Appalachia Through My Eyes – I Feel A Change In The Air

Yesterday as I walked through the yard with Granny and Pap I felt a change in the air. I know it’s still hot-and Fall is over a month away-but I feel a change a coming. As the clouds raced across the sky and the breeze ruffled the bushes Pap pointed out to me-it seemed I heard a whisper of things to come. Things like backpacks full of books thrown in the kitchen floor, fried apple pies, cool crisp mornings, pumpkins, red/yellow leaves and snuggling deeper under the covers.

I kid myself into thinking I have a close connection with nature-that’s why I feel the changing season coming my way. But actually, I believe we each have a gage that tells us about nature and its changes if we’ll but listen. And it seems the more you listen the more you hear.

Do you hear what I hear?


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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  • Reply
    Connie Steele
    August 21, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Yes, I feel it too. Being a Kentucky girl, my sweet dad and grandparents would always say “I feel a change in the air”. So thankful that I was born and raised in the Appalachia region.

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    August 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I do!
    And I am very appreciative of the cooler temps, too.

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    Janet Smart
    August 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Yes, I do! It felt like fall all day today – wonderful feeling.

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    Mary Rutherford
    August 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I always feel fall rounding the corner when I hear the melancholy call of the crickets in the grass. It seems like they sing a little more sweetly to each other what feels like a farewell love song to summer.

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    Suzi Phillips
    August 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Have had about 4 days off all summer-sigh. Yep, I feel it, too.

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    Vicki Lane
    August 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Oh, yes! Fall was in the breeze today!

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    Roland Leveille
    August 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I feel it also. Actually tonight I stepped outside and I could notice it. I know the warm days aren’t over but something changed a bit early this year for sure.
    Roland Leveille

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    August 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    As I was cleaning and refilling the feeders for the hummingbirds today, I realized a month from now, they’ll be gone, and it saddened me. They bring so much joy to brother and I. But “To every thing there is a season…” and their season is almost past. sigh
    God bless.

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    Uncle Al
    August 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Yes I noticed it as well. Also have noticed the smallish elms (I think) yellowing. It may be due to dry conditions however.
    I agree we all have an inner sense of changes, but we have to learn to listen.

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    Larry Proffitt
    August 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Yes Tipper the locust trees are turning brown . As I covered ground in the woods this morning I found 3 different places where the ground was covered with red oak acorns . Another place where squirrels were cutting in pines. There is a really cool breeze here in the mountains . Young turkeys are almost as big as mama now . The excitement of fall in Appalachia is upon us . Larry Proffitt

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    Pat in east TN
    August 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I see change coming in the morning/evening light. Temps have dropped a little here, and are more then welcome, and it just seems like the trees in my woods are breathing a sigh of relief and ready for a rest. Leaves are falling here, but think it’s due more to the heat and lack of rain. My garden is also ready for a rest and most things are done bearing and dying off. Can’t complain though as it was very good to me this year.

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    August 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    B-Granny counts them-but usually gets confused along the way : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    August 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    You are not alone Tipper! Just last week I was complaining to my daughter that the quality of the sunlight is changing and looking like fall. She thought I was nuts!

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    Barbara Johnson
    August 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Here in Michigan,it was a wonderfully brisk 65 degrees this morning at 9 o’clock . My son was very grateful~football practice from 8-12!

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    Wayne Newton
    August 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    One of the first signs over my way is the Black Walnut leaves letting go.
    Out my front window, Peter Young Mountain is still a perfect, lush green, but it won’t be long before he puts on his tan tweed jacket.

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    Wanda Devers
    August 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Thought the same thing late yesterday afternoon walking with my husband. The fresh green seems gone–the trees are tired, & there’s that indescribable change in the atmosphere.

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    August 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I know the feeling you’re talking
    about, the change in the air. The
    coming of Fall will be a welcome
    site for this ole boy. The humidity has been the worst this
    year I can remember. Its been so
    hot that the snakes won’t even
    crawl till after dark. Yesterday
    I was just talking to a friend
    about the change in the air…Ken

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    August 10, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I think I do feel a change a coming! The dry weather has made a lot of the trees to start losing their leaves and when the wind blew hard the other day, blowing leaves across the yard, it seemed like fall. Now we’ve finally had rain, the day is cloudy and cooler, and it really seems like fall.

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    August 10, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Yes, I feel a change in the air too. What a welcome relief fall will be after the very hot summer we’ve been having. We just had another 17 days straight of temperatures above 90 degrees. The thought of backpacks in the floor, fried apple pies, crisp mornings and snuggling under covers bring joy to my heart!

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    August 10, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Hooray for fall! Bring it on:)

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    B. Ruth
    August 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

    We had a heavy thick fog this morning here at home…I was too tired yesterday morning to check it out. While on the mountain I counted at least three August fogs for a total of maybe four..
    I always try to count the fogs in August..the folklore says light or heavy mean a light or heavy snow in the winter…
    Now then, it always snows a bit more on the plateau than here and the fogs I saw up there weren’t very heavy…However, this one here this morning was a “booger”..So does that mean one heavy snow? Don’t know for sure but right now a good cool spell would sure feel good…
    The hot weather here is breaking..with mid-sixties overnight..We finally turned down our air last night for the first time in over a month..I also noticed a clearer sky with bright white clouds that I love in the crisp fall of the year…
    Does anyone else count August fogs?
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Don Casada
    August 10, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I don’t know if others have noticed this or not, but in many – I’d even say most – years, both old man winter and sweet summer woman seem to briefly pause for a few days. For winter, it’ll be somewhere in mid-late February. For summer, it’s about six months later: mid-late August.
    Of course in both cases, they’re just taking in a good breath so they can have at it again. But their second wind seldom has the power of the first, and both ultimately yield to their kinder kin, spring and fall.
    As far as the close connection, Tipper, I’d say you do have one if for no other reason than that you use your senses to pay attention to details, something that far too many of us don’t. The lessons to be learned are manifold, and great is our loss if we’re benumbed by focusing most of our attentions on things man-made.

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    Susie Swanson
    August 10, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I feel it Tipper and I welcome it with open arms. I love fall of the year. So many wonderful fall memories in my heart.. Including those apple pies and the beauty of the trees and the colors. Just a wonderful time…Susie

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    Nancy Wigmore
    August 10, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Why just this morning, before I came to work, my husband said to me. ” It’s suppose to be cooler today, not as hot” Yes, fall is just around the corner, and what a blessing to see God’s beautiful handiwork amongst the trees. This Saturday, my mama will celebrate her 89th birthday. My sister wrote me and said she was making some fried apple pies from the apples she has gathered from the old apple tree. Sweet memories from my childhood. Have a beautiful day and enjoy the seasons. Prayerfully,

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    August 10, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Last week it came to me in a sense of noticing it getting dark a little earlier. At that moment while looking out my window I thought of things to come… Fall. I immediately thought of our wood burner, filling the antique chest near it with wood and ohhh, the smell of our wood burning.
    Another sense, I’ve been able to OPEN my windows in the last couple of days. We are getting relief from the heat. I love fall, but I don’t like it when I can not enjoy most of my summer due to extreme heat and humidity. It’s not our type of weather in our neck of the woods, record setting temps & humidity.. YUCK.
    Then there’s the potato plants that have started to wilt, a sign of harvesting to come. I too start to think of pumpkins, halloween, the fall air which is our absolute faves.
    Of course there’s the inevitable sign, “Back to School” ads, oh boy!
    As I sit here this morning, sipping my coffee, I too smell a change a comin’. It’s awesome!

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    Ed Myers
    August 10, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I feel it very well. I think that anyone who walks regularly here, which includes most anybody, sees up close the seasons as they progress.
    Right now. The corn stalks, yellowed and brown. Poke stems turning scarlet. Leaves of anything more worn and shredded than their limp-lime colors of the spring. Lawn mower blades that have dulled and grass that doesn’t grow quite so much as just a few weeks before. The garden grown thick and uncontrolled.
    It’s coming: Fall. But, to me, this pre-winter period is the second best of the year, so I have no complaints.

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    Lonnie L. Dockery
    August 10, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I sure can feel it this morning Tipper! And I hope it lasts through…say, January, February–until Spring!

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    John Dilbeck
    August 10, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I’ve been feeling fall in the air for the last couple of days.
    I was thinking about it this morning when I woke up chilly and pulled some covers over me and snuggled under them for a few minutes before getting up.
    We still have a few weeks, but fall’s on its way.

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    August 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

    hiya tipper.. i too am ready for fall and the feeling is surely in the air… it was actually below 70 last night.. cool .. lol
    i cant wait for the leaves and the smells..sigh
    still see the fireflies and i love that… sending big hugs to you all …

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    Debby Brown
    August 10, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I have felt it the last two days but I am thinking that the storms we have almost every afternoon fools my senses. This has been the hottest summer that I can remember, its just been horrible. And I am so ready for the fall, I’m just afraid that old saying, “Extremes follow extremes” will come true and we will have a horrible winter right on top of this terrible summer! But I know what you mean about feeling that change. We used to say, “feels like fair weather!” We would get all excited because we loved when the fair came to town!

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    Miss Cindy
    August 10, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I hear it, Tipper and I feel it. The Deer Hunter would probably tell you he smells it.
    By whatever sense or intuition…..I’m so glad! I am really ready for a break from this heat.

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    Jim Casada
    August 10, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Tipper–I’ve always thought that senses other than sight figure prominently as gauges for impending autumn. To me, the world takes on a slightly different smell–that of the sere fields of early autumn, of goldenrod in bloom, of ragweed going to seed.
    Similarly, there are heraldic signs in the air–the rising, resounding chorus of katydids; jarflies in tune; pesty yellowjackets buzzing about.
    As for sights as harbingers, yesterday I saw a cardinal flower just coming into bloom, a sign which to me has always singalled fall.
    Finally, speaking of “feel,” the air takes on a differences for one’s sensory perceptions. I don’t have the verbal ability to describe it, but I feel it in whispering winds which are not quite so humid, and a deep-rooted conviction that autumnal harvests are near.
    Jim Casada

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    August 10, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Wish I could say I feel a change here. We are having extreme hot, dry weather. No rain for several days and things are burning up. Never thought I’d be happy to see 90 degree weather but it’ll be welcome after having triple digit for so long.Please pray for Texas to get rain soon.

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    Patty Hall
    August 10, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Yes, I feel it too. My son said the other day,it feels kinda like fall. Fried apple pies!! Yum!!
    Patty H

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