Summer has peaked and we're on the down slide toward fall. There's just something in the air that whispers this to me, not a chill exactly, but a hint of decay, as if everything has stretched just past its pinnacle and is now beginning a slow, tired decent.
Of course, the damp heavy heat still enshrouds us. It's like being in the mouth of a dog. This lasts sometimes as far into fall as Halloween when children have to shed their costumes piece by piece because of the heat. It's often to hot for masks and capes.
Now the air is full of the ringing rattle song of cicadas high in the trees. In the daytime I find their shed husks hooked on tree trunks, or clutching the wooden edges of the rabbit hutch or the underside of leaves.
Like the Halloween children, these creatures shed their skins at night, and if we go around with a flashlight, we can sometimes find them in the moments of "rebirth," bending out away from their old skin. It's a slow process I think. They emerge from a slit in their back and the new wings have to dry before they an fly off and sing.
Ew! Remarkable, but so weird!!