|SUGAR MAPLE TREE HEAVY WITH SEED|
|MAPLE WINGED SEED|
Signs of summer waning are eveerwhere now. I picked our first ripe tomato yesterday and soon there will be more.The sugar maple trees are shedding their two-winged nutlets, called samaras, as are the hedge maples.
A few sumac leaves are turning blood red and soon whole hillsides will be carmine.
The first apples, notably the transparents, are being sold in the orchards.
And, the word on the street (actually neighborhood decks) is that the male hummingbirds have left for winter habitat, and the females and youngsters will be leaving by mid-September.
And so our Bayfield seasons are marked; not so much by temperature as by the progression of the sun on its timeless rounds.