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I think Fall really has arrived.  I realize I said the same thing a month or so ago, but Mother Nature was being a bit stubborn with her hot weather.  Today, after several days of thunderstorms, the sky was crystal clear and the air was sweet and mid-70s.

As I went for my morning walk, I was delighted to see that the plants were practically exploding with happiness at their repeated drinks of rainwater.  Trees that had been dusty and dry were sporting berries or flowers, and the rosemary hedges were beginning to bloom.

Where a few days ago there was only dusty foliage, today the berries are quickly turning red.

Where a few days ago there was only dusty foliage, today the berries are quickly turning red.

Beautiful yellow blossoms are drawing the bees and covering the ground with pollen.

Beautiful yellow blossoms are drawing the bees and covering the ground with pollen.

The Rosemary hedges are beginning to turn pale blue with flowers.

The Rosemary hedges are beginning to turn pale blue with flowers.

By far the most exciting sight for me was the formerly bone-dry St. John’s Riverbed, sporting not only mud, but puddles from the thunderstorms.

There are still puddles remaining in the St. John's River from this weekend's rains!

There are still puddles remaining in the St. John’s River from this weekend’s rains!

Thanks to the beautiful weather drawing me outside for not only a morning walk but a late-night one, too, I hit my 10,000 step goal today for the first time in several weeks.  Thank you, Mother Nature.

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