The month of September is one of my favorite times of the year. Having lived in both hemispheres, Fall and Spring always bring memories of what happens at the other end of the world.
In South Africa, spring is approaching and hundreds of acres of veld in the western Cape Province will be covered in spring wildflowers. These areas are so beautiful they have become attractions not only for international tourists but also for South Africans. All the magnificent colors herald the coming of the hot summer season and, while South Africa does not experience clear-cut seasons as we do in the United States, the wildflower season can certainly be called “Spring.” There are so many different kinds of wild flowers on the veld and one can wander for hours along paths through these multi-colored stretches of land.
Here in the US, this month the leaves will be beginning to turn and the summer heat should be giving way to some more pleasant temperatures. I love the indescribable beauty of the American Fall and the amazing golds and reds and bronzes of the East Coast even if they mean that anoraks, boots, and scarves are not far behind. Winter has its own charms, especially to someone who grew up without snow, but there is no doubt that September is when I am most aware of the changeability and incredible pallet of mother nature.
I know the saying is “Stop and smell the roses,” but I would really suggest a mid- to late-September wander in the countryside to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us as Fall takes over.