Because stuff falls. The sun is much more in a hurry to descend into the horizon. The temperature plummets. And plants drop their finery.
A whole lot of stuff fell on Saturday when that big wind and rain storm moved through. The patio is littered with cedar tree droppings.
So is the driveway and front walk. Because of the strong winds, the trees did not gently drop their spent greenery, but tossed it wildly into the air to fly everywhere.
The street and our gravel driveway are liberally seasoned with fir needles.
The broad leaf trees are just beginning to color up. This falling will go on for weeks, and the clean up will be done over and over again.
There's lots more to come down out of those cedar trees too.
By the time the falling is done, even the spiders will have fallen away into holes.
We can call it Autumn, but to most of us, it's Fall.