In Autumn

After living through four summers, autumns, winters, and springs in Scottsdale, Arizona, I’ve decided autumn is my favorite time of year here.

Most 100-degree temperatures are vanishing from our ten-day forecast. The monsoons have packed their bags and left town with the dusty drama and wet havoc that only unexpected and unwelcome guests incite. And large flocks of snow birds have yet to fly in.

Mornings are a notch or two cooler–in the 70s–than they were in late summer. Perfect for sipping coffee outside under the eaves.

Did you know we’re frost-free? You won’t find icy substances on our pumpkins or windshields. Ever.

You won’t witness a foliage kaleidoscope here either. Or crunch through piles of leaves. Or rake. Stay away if that’s your thing.

I didn’t intend for this to be a Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce ad (though it sounds like a back-handed, bizarre one). But if you like plenty of pool days, pleasant dry mornings for hikes, warm-to-hot September and October highs, shorts, flipflops, spiky saguaros, and startling sunsets long after Labor Day is a distant memory, come to the Valley of the Sun.

Do it in autumn.

I captured this autumn sunset on September 25, 2020 at Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona, a mile from my Scottsdale home.

6 thoughts on “In Autumn

  1. I am glad to hear you love autumn, too, Mark. Autumn is a beautiful time of year. Yes, it’s always sad that summer is over, but that doesn’t mean Fall isn’t worthy of the same affection. The leaves change from green to an incredible display of vibrant colours, just as your cheeks get a little ruddy from the colder weather 🙂 Aiva xx

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  2. Loving being with family but can’t wait to return to AZ fall weather you have described. 6 3/4″ of rain yesterday. Temps in 50s and windy…brrr.

    On Wed, Sep 22, 2021, 7:57 PM Mark Johnson Stories wrote:

    > Mark Johnson posted: ” After living through four summers, autumns, > winters, and springs in Scottsdale, Arizona, I’ve decided autumn is my > favorite time of year here. Most 100-degree temperatures are vanishing from > our ten-day forecast. The monsoons have packed their bags an” >

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