By Bette Lee Crosby / September 1, 2012

Welcome to another Southern Sunday and the first in September’s Savoring Summer Series by Alle Wells…  There’s a lot to like about Sunday in the South and this month author Alle Wells is sharing some of her favorites here on Words, Wit and Wisdom. Be sure to come back every Sunday for another sweet surprise.

The Waning of Summer by Alle Wells

Watching the changes in the roadside foliage along a Uwharrie Mountain highway makes September my favorite time of year. Our local mountain range is home to a rare little flower called the Schweintz sunflower. This little beauty can be found on local hillsides in late summer and early autumn. In honor of this lovely time of year, I’d like to share what comes to my mind when I think of the end of summer.

Corn stalks droop in the fields and tobacco turns yellow on the stalk. The cotton is high and the river is low. Butter beans dry on the vine and big blue grapes ripen in the sun. The vegetables are spent and bright summer flowers begin to fade. Orange and black butterflies draw the last drop of nectar from a trace of the sweet Jasmine that has seen better days. Hummingbirds leave their nests and yellow finches return home from the fields. These are the signs of a waning summer.

Along the highway, moist green grasses become tinted with purple and rust hues. Bright yellow ragweed and soft brown cattails spring up in the ditches along country roads. The rolling hills and lawns become drier and a shade lighter. Late afternoon merges into a red hot sunset. A ring of light circles the moon, and a brewing hurricane ushers in a cool evening breeze. These are the signs of a waning summer.

Dawn arrives later and causes me to oversleep. Big yellow school buses greet me in morning traffic. The swimming pools are empty and left silent on hazy afternoons. The high school band tunes up in the distance and a Friday night game is in full play. Chrysanthemums in subdued fall colors sprinkle the marketplace. A county fair is in the works and a hint of Halloween howls on the horizon. These are the signs of a waning summer.

Can you add to my list? What do you think of when September comes to mind? What are your signs of a waning summer? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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