Outdoors blog: The season begins to ebb
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Slowly, summer moves along
Along with the larger seasonal changes we know in northern Minnesota are the more subtle signs that time is slipping along.
The acorns have begun to fall from the oaks around our home. I hear the tell-tale tap and roll of an acorn on the garage roof. I see them on our back porch. Not many yet. But the acorn rain has begun.
The neighbor's apple tree is dropping green apples. When we sit on our front porch, we can hear them plop onto the driveway. They roll down the drive and into the grass. Our yellow Lab finds them there and considers the apples a prize. She scoops them up and chomps them down, taking her diet beyond the Purina pyramid and into the fruit realm. This has other consquences that we need not discuss here.
A birding friend, Jan Green, mentioned the other day that the shorebirds and the great blue herons are migrating. Seems early for bird migration, perhaps, but it isn't. This is when the shorebirds and herons always go. I shudder to think what awaits them on the Gulf Coast.
Daylight hours are diminishing in small, almost unnoticeable increments daily. In a couple more weeks, the change may be more obvious.
All of this tells us that summer is starting to slip away in small ways. Better enjoy those luscious evenings watching soccer and Little League. Better get up to the cabin as much as you can. Better get out for the mountain-bike rides and the kayaking and the fishing. Soak it up while you can.