While we are still very much in the throes of summertime, with bellies full of watermelon and tomatoes, and bodies covered with bug bites, I’ve been seeing glimmers of seasonal change in my surroundings…The walnut trees are always the first to let go of their leaves for the season. The yellow leaves have been coming down in showers throughout the forest, even on still days, leaving the nut-laden branches exposed to the light. The light quality is changing as the earth tilts toward autumn. The intense rays of summer are subsiding a bit, the sting of the summer sun is lessening, and a cooler light fills the sky.And the fruits of the season are shifting. The forest is beginning to be littered with nuts: hickories, walnuts, butternuts. Elderberries are ripening, paw paws are close. In the garden, the pumpkins and squash are maturing and showing hints of color. The Indian corn is standing so tall and proud. I am still relishing the season we are in, but this gradual seasonal shift towards autumn, my favorite season, excites me so.