I've used my seven years of blogging to track when I hear the first crickets chirping each year.
The chirp of the crickets is the first sign of fall coming, and it always makes me a little sad. I like to think summer is endless. What a fantasy (here in upstate New York.)
This year, I heard crickets, for the first time, on July 18. The earliest ever, although I must add that I only heard them in one location. But this morning, I opened my door to get the paper and heard the chirps. "C-Day" is official.
Here are some cricket milestones of the past:
July 29, 2009
July 30, 2011
then, there were two dates in 2012, perhaps due to an early spring
May 21, 2012
July 25, 2012
August 3, 2014
July 28, 2015
Actually, something similar happened in July of 2010, but they were here for good by July 22.
Incidentally, that's one reason why I like to blog - the blog becomes a
kind of garden journal. I'm no good at diaries or journals, but
blogging is something I do keep up with. At least for now.
April of this year, I participated in the Blogging from A to Z
Challenge. My theme was (based on a soap opera theme) "Like sands
through the hourglass, so are the Days of our Lives". Crickets don't
tend to have a long life span - different species may live anywhere from
three months to a year, or so I've read.
The day lilies I love don't live long, either. Each bloom only lasts a single day, teaching us not to live in the past or the future. Live only in the present, and look at the beauty around you each day. And speaking of which, sometime this week, I will post even more lily pictures.
Until then, enjoy the chirp of the cricket, if they are chirping where you live.