DOG-DAYS OF - FALL? We are at the end of what was a glorious summer in the Catskills, having happily avoided drought, fires and flood (if anything, September is setting to be warmer than August). Because of recent dryness, the deciduous trees - Beech, Birch, Maple and Oak - have been coloring and shedding leaves early. Constant winds have been no help at all, drying everything out further and blowing leaves off trees. Exactly what this bodes for our Fall is not clear, but it may portend a quicker, faster-changing season than other recent Autumns. FLORA & FAUNA All of the usual markers are marching past: the Fireflies have left us - thanks for lighting (lightening?) our Summer; migrations o

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