Fall in Southern California

It’s October first and it feels like fall.

In Southern California, fall means the air is so dry it almost crackles.

(Please pass the hand and body lotion!)

The air is so clear you feel like you can touch the mountains while standing on the beach.

Santa Ana winds, or the threat of them, are a subject of constant attention.

It’s hot … and many days areĀ hotter than hot.

If the temperature drops into the 80’s everyone brings out their boots and scarves.

The leaves on most trees don’t turn fall colors.

They turn brown (maybe) and then they’re blown off the trees by wind gusts which can easily reach 60mph.

Concerns about wild fires run rampant.

The hummingbirds haven’t migrated anywhere – why would they?

You can buy pumpkin flavored everything – anywhere.

If you feel festive you might order a pumpkin coffee – iced, of course, because of the heat.

Most people have colds and/or eye/sinus issues due to the dry air and winds.

It seems like everyone is sniffling and/or rubbing their eyes.

There are heavily publicized heat advisories, wind advisories, and “red flag” fire warnings.

The locals are back to enjoying the beaches now that the tourists are gone.

3 Responses to “Fall in Southern California”

  1. Mj

    Considering all that you pointed out about Fall in Southern California, I think it would be a really good idea for you to travel to a destination where Autumn and all its glory is on full display. Your images would no doubt be beautiful!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      I’d love to.
      I had some trips planned but I’ve been cancelling things and trying to free up October so I can spend some time with my sister ….

  2. Mj

    Your sister needs you right now and there will be plenty of other autumn seasons that you will have opportunity to photograph. I hope your sister recovers quickly.


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