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Getting into Autumn

Autumn is a busy time for nature, and a lot occurs in the human world as well – the end of vacations and the return to school. It is the favorite time of year for many, a season of reflection and renewal.

It is a time of turning, of transition in the natural world. As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, nature is humming with activity. Animals get busy preparing for the long winter ahead, storing up food, or migrating to warmer climates. If you want to read more about how animals, birds, and plants prepare in the autumn for the long winter ahead, you might want to check out Autumn: A Season of Change by Peter J. Marchand.

It is also a time of harvesting the products of nature. In the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” as John Keats called it in his ode “To Autumn,” people reap the bounties, whether harvesting grapes for wine, apples, squash, pumpkins or other fruits and vegetables. You can find recipes to celebrate the autumn with dishes made just for the season in books like Eat Feed Autumn Winter by Anne Bramley. The colder weather in the fall makes it a great time for baking as well. There are many websites where you can find delicious fall recipes.

One of the best things about autumn is the turning of the leaves from green to beautiful red, yellow, and gold colors. If you want to see the fall foliage, there are a lot of places to view it nearby, or you can choose to travel. Colors of Fall Road Trip Guide by Jerry and Marcy Monkman gives you all the best places to view fall foliage in New England. Foliage forecasts and guides to the best viewing spots are available to help plan your trip.

If hiking is your preferred way to see the turning of the leaves, there is much to see in New Jersey as well as in New England. There are resource guides to fall hiking in New Jersey and lists of the best places to hike to see the leaves turning in the fall.

And if you’re looking for activities, you can find lists of simple activities you can do it on your own or with your family.

There are so many ways to enjoy autumn. Hopefully, you will find one that suits you best.

- by Michael, West Windsor

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