Each season produces it's own distinctive transition. But the changes of Summer are far more inclusive.

Trees and plants that were light green and supple are, by August, darker and dry. Even the fields are baked from green to gold.

The days grow long and then short again. The season of vacation and relaxation ends with anticipation of cooler weather and the return to school.

August, 2001
Soybean field in late Summer

Late August and early September in the Shenandoah Valley — the corn and soybean fields turn gold.

The plants are left to dry in the field. Later, the big harvesting machines will collect only the dried kernels. The mulched plant matter will be deposited back on the field to compost into the soil. Large crates are piled by the orchards in preparation for the apple harvest.

Apple harvesting crates Corn field turns to gold

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