questionswhat do you like about fall?

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Nothing. There's no fall season where I live. Do not miss the harbinger of winter - the dead grass, bushes & trees w/o leaves. The cold weather, the coming freezing sleet, snow and temperatures well below freezing. Can you tell I loathe cold weather?

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@gmwhit: Couldn't tell. I'm the opposite. Always loved it.

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I just got back about an hour ago from a walk in the woods. We will probably be at or near peak this weekend in northern NH. Leaf peepers can be a pain but I guess there's enough for everyone.
I don't like the very early signs, I'm like "summer please don't go away", but once it gets in full bloom it's hard to not enjoy the beauty no matter how many times I've seen it.
There are so many different smells in the fall compared to summer. I guess the changing of the leaves are my favorite thing about fall.

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worn-out jeans and old sweatshirts

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I lived for many years in southern California, where the change of the seasons is gradual, and minimalist (yes, it's there, but you really have to be paying attention). I now live in the rain shadow, in the great northwest, and the seasons are dramatic, and eventful. I love every single moment of it.

Autumn is such a gift. It's a warning that garden beds and other plants need to be settled in for the winter. I take advantage of the cooling days to wash windows, and to do a thorough house cleaning, while it's still possible to have the house opened up (to let the smell of ammonia dissipate).

My pink dogwood has an internal calendar, and the leaves always begin to turn after Labor Day. It's my first hint that I need to get busy. I love the fire in all the local ash trees (some bright orange, some gold, some crimson), and my Crimson Maple, one of the last to turn, looks lit from within as it changes.

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The smell of the last alfalfa being cut, and baled, before the fall rains arrive, is everywhere. The local Farmer's Markets start to announce their closing days, as the offerings (and the customers) dwindle down. The excitement in children's faces as they arrive at the country nursery, to choose pumpkins for carving when Halloween approaches, and their excitement at seeing a pile of leaves to run through, brings me joy.

There will soon be mornings where the breath of the cattle down the road is visible in the early morning, as they move out into the fields to graze (with the yearling calves still trying to pretend at childhood, following close behind). Squirrels are busier than ever, hoping to store food for the winter, and not become food, all at once.

Geese started South more than a week ago. I heard the call of the first of them, and looked up to see them fly overhead.

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Football and pumpkin colored candles....

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Cooler nights with not as warm days (not enjoying the beach all that much for various reasons, I see little point to even having days warmer than about 75degF).

And of course the changing leaves. And apples. And freshly made pumpkin pie that did not require a can openner.

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Temperature drops below 100 degrees. I guess Fall is not quite here yet!!

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The weather. Clouds, wind, some rain (though we get too much of that) and falling leaves. The smell of fires burning in fireplaces when I step outside. Year-round fall would be nice, if it didn't cause any issues. Oh well.

@ojulius: I just hope you live in an area where central A/C is default, not luxury. I grew up with that, and I'm not there any more. We don't get up to 100 here, but even 80 outside can be unbearable indoors, with fans and open windows and everything.

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Apples. (and eating about 8 of them while picking and not having to pay for them)

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I would say the weather but seeing as we are still in the high 90's with NO rain I guess that's out the window.

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Pros: Packer Victories, Merciful end of a dreadful Cubs season

Cons: Winter is on its way with freezing temps and tons of snow

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Leaves, temperature, ren fests, the smell, camping, new TV shows, haunted houses, halloween. I could keep going, fall rocks.

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the smell of the outdoors. hanging sheets and towels outside, cuddling with the grandchildren, crunching leaves, stews, the way the sun will shine sometimes when part of the sky is dark and stormy looking.