Fall Is in the Air

It's my favorite time of year once again - yesterday was the autumnal equinox, marking the end of summer and the start of fall across the Northern Hemisphere. And 2014 appears to be the year we reach peak pumpkin spice. Autumn is the season of harvests, festivals, migrations, winter preparations, and of course, spectacular foliage. Across the north, people are beginning to feel a crisp chill in the evening air, leaves are splashing mountainsides with bright color, apples and pumpkins are being gathered, and animals are on the move. Collected here are some early images from this year's autumn - more will come later as the season unfolds. Until then, you might find me out for a stroll, enjoying the season. [28 photos total]

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A deer bugles in the morning mist in Richmond Park in London, England, on September 23, 2014. Tuesday marked the autumn equinox where day and night are of equal lengths. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images) #
Aspen trees on FSR 612 at North Kaibab Ranger District, near the Grand Canyon in north-central Arizona, on September 21, 2014. (David Hercher/U.S. Forest Service, Kaibab National Forest) #
Farmer Harald Wenske transports pumpkins on a punt over a river near Lehde, Germany, on September 23, 2014. (Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images) #
The Harvest Moon rises behind the lighthouse on the breakwater of Valletta's Grand Harbour in Malta on September 9, 2014. (Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi) #
Mist lingers in Hope Valley at sunrise viewed from the top of Mam Tor in the Peak District in Castleton, United Kingdom, on September 10, 2014. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
Leaves develop autumnal colors on the Tu Hwnt ir Bont Tearooms in Llanrwst, Wales, on September 20, 2014. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Canada geese walk in a corn field on a foggy morning in Stuyvesant, New York, on September 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) #
Gardener Silvia Manteuffel measures her giant pumpkin in a garden near Fuerstenwalde, Germany, on September 18, 2014. Her first attempt of growing a pumpkin led to the giant plant weighing around 260 kilograms. (Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images) #
A cyclist rides through the morning light in Richmond Park in London on September 23, 2014. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images) #
A drone flies over vineyards of the Pape Clement castle, belonging to Bordeaux winemaker Bernard Magrez in the southwestern French town of Pessac on September 9, 2014. Magrez is the first winemaker to use a drone equipped with an infrared camera to determine the optimal maturity of the domain's grapes and thus harvest them at different times. (Jean Pierre Muller/AFP/Getty Images) #
A picker collects grapes during the harvest on September 17, 2014 in the Marquis de Montmelas domain in Montmelas-Saint-Sorlin, France. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #
Fall colors are reflected on Rock Lake near Pillager, Minnesota, on september 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) #
Sunset in a wheat field of the Solgonskoye farming company in the village of Solgon, southwest from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on September 6, 2014. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
A red deer in the morning light in Richmond Park in London on September 23, 2014. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images) #
Ripening chilies at an organic farm in Eggersdorf, Germany, on September 19, 2014. (Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images) #
A man selects wine-grapes with a pruning shear on September 11, 2014 at the Muscadet vineyards of the Landron domain, in La Haie-Fouassiere, near Nantes, western France. (Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty Images) #
Bavarian farmers escort their herd during the traditional "Almabtrieb" in Bad Hindelang, about 180km (110 miles) south of Munich, on September 11, 2014. (Reuters/Michael Dalder) #
A waitress serves beer during the opening of the traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany, on September 20, 2014. (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images) #
Fall Foliage on Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon. (Kelly Hazen/Bureau of Land Management) #
Members of the Platteview High School football team practice surrounded by fields of soybean and corn in Springfield, Nebraska, on September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) #
A mixture of wild and hatchery-raised sockeye salmon in Redfish Lake in central Idaho, on September 10, 2014. More endangered sockeye salmon have made the 900-mile journey from the Pacific Ocean to central Idaho's high-elevation Redfish Lake this fall than in any previous year going back nearly six decades. (AP Photo/Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game, Chris Kozfkay) #
A French farm worker harvests apples in an apple orchard at the Verger d'Epinoy near Cambrai, France, on September 3, 2014. (Reuters/Pascal Rossignol) #
Ducks and geese are seen through the morning mist on the lake at sunrise in Richmond Park on September 23, 2014 in London, England. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images) #
A combine harvester and a tractor with trailers work after sunset on a wheat field at the Solgonskoye farming company in the village of Solgon, southwest from Krasnoyarsk, on September 6, 2014. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
The silhouette of a stag at nightfall in a foggy prairie near Yvoy-le-Marron, France, on September 16, 2014. (Reuters/Philippe Wojazer) #
Ferns glow in the morning light in Richmond Park on September 23, 2014 in London, England. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images) #
A fishermen's camp on the bank of the Yenisei River in the Taiga district outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, on September 22, 2014. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
Cobwebs catch the early morning mist in London's Richmond Park on September 23, 2014. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images) #

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