Fall Is in the Air

It’s starting to feel like my favorite time of year once more—the autumnal equinox took place last week, marking the end of summer and the start of fall across the Northern Hemisphere. Autumn is the season of harvests, festivals, migrations, winter preparations, and of course, spectacular foliage. Across the north, people are just 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. [24 photos total]

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A waitress is surrounded by visitors during the opening ceremony of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany, on September 17, 2016. (Matthias Schrader / AP) #
A deer runs in a field near Yvoy-Le-Marron, France, on September 22, 2016. (Philippe Wojazer / Reuters) #
The ivy on the Tu Hwnt i'r Bont Tea Room in Llanrwst, on the banks of the River Conwy in north Wales shows red coloring on September 21, 2016. (Paul Ellis / AFP / Getty) #
A full harvest moon rises behind Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City on September 16, 2016 as seen from Newark, New Jersey. (Gary Hershorn / Getty) #
The aspen leaves are bright yellow in the Colorado high country near Ward, Colorado, on September 23, 2016. This weekend was considered peak viewing season for the fall foliage. (Jack Dempsey / AP) #
A stag wanders through Richmond Park on September 22, 2016 in London, England. (Jack Taylor / Getty) #
A stone falls into a small lake at Serles mountain on a sunny autumn day in the western Austrian village of Mieders, Austria, on September 10, 2016. (Dominic Ebenbichler / Reuters) #
Bavarian farmers escort cows during the traditional "Almabtrieb" in Bad Hindelang, south of Munich, Germany, on September 10, 2016. (Michaela Rehle / Reuters) #
Visitors drink beer during the opening day of the 183rd Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, on September 17, 2016. (Michaela Rehle / Reuters) #
Visitors to the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival walk through one of the main streets called 'Matthias-Pschorr-Strasse' at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Joerg Koch / Getty) #
Young visitors rest in a meadow at the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2016. (Matthias Schrader / AP) #
A visitor walks behind displayed pumpkins during a pumpkin show at the horticultural exhibition 'ega' in Erfurt, Germany, on September 13, 2016. (Jens Meyer / AP) #
The sky is illuminated by the Autumn sun as it begins to rise over the beach and cliffs on September 26, 2016 in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England. (Ian Forsyth / Getty) #
Hot air balloons lift off during the Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival on September 17, 2016, in Park City, Utah. (Rick Bowmer / AP) #
People are at work during the grape harvest in the Pouilly Fuissé vineyard, on September 23, 2016, in Chasselas near Macon eastern France. (Philippe Desmazes / AFP / Getty) #
A man harvests wine grapes in Greve in Chianti, near Florence, on September 19, 2016. (Tiziana Fabi / AFP / Getty) #
Birds fly along the edge of the forest on a meadow near the village of Lyubcha, about 120 km (75 miles) southwest of Minsk, Belarus, on September 25, 2016. (Sergei Grits / AP) #
Brian Marshall poses for a picture with his 139.5kg pumpkin which won the Heaviest Pumpkin Competition at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate, England, on September 16, 2016. (Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty) #
A deer walks in mist covering a meadow near the village of Lyubcha, Belarus, on September 25, 2016. (Sergei Grits / AP) #
A Belarussian man prepares cranberries he gathered for sale in the village of Budy, Belarus, on September 25, 2016. (Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters) #
A double rainbow appears on the skyline of New York City following a rain storm on September 14, 2016.. (Gary Hershorn / Getty) #
Canadian geese fly above Richmond Park at dawn on September 22, 2016 in London, England. (Jack Taylor / Getty) #
Kernels of corn are on a cob in a field in Kienheim, France, on September 5, 2016. (Vincent Kessler / Reuters) #
Wheat stalks during sunset in a field of the Solgonskoye farming company near the village of Talniki, southwest of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on August 28, 2016. (Ilya Naymushin / Reuters) #

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