There was a nice accumulation of clouds this afternoon, too, scattered in pale blue sky and catching the afternoon sunlight to fill the west with a silvery glow. The crisp air is autumnal perfection. The entire day has been like taking the first big bite of the first, tangy, sweet, crunchy apple of the season. Even the woodpeckers have been especially playful today, chuckling to one another as they dart from tree to tree. Now, evening is falling, and the clouds are thickening and turning a deep lavender gray. Maybe there will be more rain, whispering in the night.
The last katydids fell silent many days ago, and I didn't even note their passing. It's definitely autumn.