It is lovely to observe the seasonal activities of the wildlife around the house. This is the third year that I have been able to see the life that is supported from the persimmon tree in the back. There were only two fruits that were on branches low enough for me reach this year. All the rest help nourish a range of wildlife from many birds, to squirrels and last year I even saw racoons up in the trees. Today when I opened my back door there were a bunch of crows feasting.
This past week all of the leaves fell from this tree leaving the remaining bright orange fruits exposed to feast upon. It was also the first time the temperature dropped down to the 40s at night. Last weekend it was still warm enough to sit out on my back patio during the day, but I am not sure how many more of those days are left. It usually takes a few weeks for all of the fruits to get eaten. By that time we will definitely be into the winter season in Northern CA.
Winter is a time when seeds lie still within the ground in germination. The Native Americans reflected upon this time as when we can go inward seeking wisdom and clarity that needs to be germinated in our own lives. I encourage you to explore the changing of the seasons and what it means to you.