I geared up and took a long bike ride this afternoon. Besides enjoying myself, getting a good workout and soaking up the sun's rays, I sensed a change. As I cycled across the dark shadows of trees on the roads, I observed that the shadows reached farther across the pavement than I'd noticed on previous rides.
I know the change in the angle of the sun's rays occurs gradually, but it didn't seem gradual today. If I didn't know better, I'd swear that Autumn goosed the Sun, causing her to take a giant (rather than baby) step in the sky. During last Sunday's bike ride, I first detected a few subtle signs of Autumn's approach. This afternoon I was overwhelmed by the obvious realization that Summer is truly picking up her things and packing her bags so that Autumn can settle in for his annual sojourn.
I think I'll start watching the sky more attentively. Who knows what shenanigans go on in the universe when we're not paying attention.