90 Second Escape: Fade to Winter

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.

Today’s 90-Second Escape: Fade to Winter

We can’t recall a recent example of a fall that so vigorously refused to cede to winter. Technically, the calendar says fall has nearly another month (until Dec. 21) of tenure. But in reality, winter typically starts moving in in early November, bringing a box or two here and there, and has full housekeeping set up by Thanksgiving. Not so much this year.

Tuesday, on a short ramble at Umstead State Park in Raleigh, we saw signs that Autumn may finally be fixing to move on. The air was crisper, throwing in a distinctive bite. The light was at a noticeable angle, cutting through the forest, and the leaves on the forest floor finally out-numbered those in the canopy. You may still have a hint of fall on your Thanksgiving weekend outings, but winter will certainly let you know it’s taking up residence.

Here’s a preview …

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