By , October 23, 2008 11:13 am

Fall is here in the Arizona mountains.  The cool morning air smells faintly of piñon smoke left over from evening fires.

The chili roaster is tumbling down at the little local grocery, producing baskets of lovely, soft charred green chilis.

Ponderosa Pines are beginning to shed some brown needles and fields are brimming with bright yellow wildflowers.

Maximilian Sunflowers line the roadways.  They are tall this year which means, according to local legend, that our snow piles will be tall too.

Squirrels are getting busier as they rush off with peanuts and sunflower seeds to hide away for the winter.

The Humming Birds have left, and the Robins. Even the golfers are leaving, along with the thousands of people who spend their summers here in our mountain paradise to escape the scorching desert heat.

Peaceful silence will descend upon our town as we hardy year-round residents retreat from our porches, gardens, and decks and take to our homes in preparation for winter snow.

4 Responses to “Fall…”

  1. Jenny says:

    What a lovely post. I love reading about fall is different across the country.

    Jennys last blog post..A Week at Home

  2. I’d love to live where you are right now, Fall sounds so lovely. Where I live in Australia we don’t have a definite Autumn. It just gets a little cold, and maybe a few trees loose leaves but not many, you can’t really tell any difference.

    The Sugar Fairys last blog post..Passionfruit Melting Moments

  3. Tracie says:

    I absolutely love living in Northern AZ. My in-laws refuse to believe it is anything but desert here. Foolish folks. Our apricot tree is just starting to turn. I love Autumn here.

    Tracies last blog post..Carrie’s Pic – Things that go fast

  4. Nature Mama says:

    I just love fall! What a great entry, I’m completely envisioning how lovely fall is near you :) We are right in the thick of it here to and the kids have been enjoying it so much.
    Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon!

    Nature Mamas last blog post..No More TV!

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