The first hints of color change started about a week and a half ago, and they were just hints if you paid attention to the undergrowth.
By Friday, I found this true burst of color in Indiana on an unknown back road near Willow Slough.
Oh change comes, all right. And over the past week, I had plenty of chances to watch it come.
By some quirk of scheduling, since Friday, I have driven around Lake and Newton counties in Indiana; and Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Livingston and Will counties in Illinois.
The change comes. Color turns by a splash here, and a splash there.
But the fall sign I am most interested in, corn harvest begins slowly. Saw a combine lumbering in Indiana, a big picked field in Livingston County and a picked field in Kendall County.
Usually, I find the dying colors of the fall a sure sign a mood swing will build, but for some reason I don't this year.
Maybe I've gained more sense with more years, or simply have learned to take the time to notice. And enjoy.