There has been a definite change of seasons here in the Land of Enchantment. The other day we had a fairly major rainfall event hit the state which was very welcomed. When you live in a desert you tend to appreciate rain a great deal. I know I loved walking Mesa during a break in the rain. The damp cool air was so invigorating. Once again, when you live in a desert, you look forward to cool days with lots of cloud cover. They don't happen all that often!
I have noticed, however, that the shortening days and cooler temperatures have been starting to affect me. The other day I felt tired and ready for bed. It was not even 8 o'clock! I know that the end of daylight savings time next weekend is gonna kill me! Don't get me wrong. Autumn is my favorite season. I'm actually looking forward to hunkering down to movies and nice relaxing drinks like Frangelico and hot cocoa with Kahlua. I just hate the total lack of energy I seem to get as the days get so short.
The other great thing about this season is that it feels sooooo good to slip into a sleeper or a fursuit. It's a saying here at FurCentral (where the thermostat is set to 69) that if you're cold, "Put on a fursuit!"
So here's a pic of the Sandias I took today as the snow level hit around 10,000'. Consider this the first snow event of the '09-'10 season. You know that as a hydorbear I'm doing a happy bear dance to see snow in the mountains so early. You should notice that the cottonwood forest along the Rio Grande in the foreground has not quite hit its peak of color yet. It's getting there, but there's still quite a bit of green down there. It'll probably peak this weekend or next.
I should also point out that we have yet to have a killing frost up here out of the valley. My green chile plants have more flowers on them than they did in Spring. Peppers are still forming! I shall protect them for as long as possible!