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WIRED TO NATURE • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • We all love summer for its long days, abundant sunshine and open-ended spans of relaxation. But fall has its own delights to share. As I sit here contemplating the ushering in of fall, I think about how we often feel we miss the changing of seasons living in West University. But there are signs of fall – albeit often they arrive a little later or are subtler. I also feel the seasonal shift when walking the dog in the morning and as I hear the breeze rustle the leaves when I pick up the morning paper. The change to fall is palpable at the Nature Discovery Center in Russ Pitman Park. The leaves are changing and dropping slowly as trees prepare for winter. Pecan tree leaves are turning yellow and the sugar maple tree leaves are turning orange. Sweetgum balls and pine cones fall to the ground and can be added to a fall-themed program curriculum. As we drive throughout the streets of West U, pumpkins begin to pop up on church grounds and front porches, along with scarecrows and ghosts. And, an opportunity to change our outdoor routine arises. Cooler weather makes it easier for families to spend more time in the outdoors. Now is the time to take a walk or bike ride along the bayou, setup a picnic date in the park or just relax in your backyard. Look for pecans and acorns for squirrels. Don’t miss the ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� bloom, along with turks caps and shrimp plants. Other birds such as Warblers, Vireos and Flycatchers migrate through the area on their way to Central or South America. Page 14 WEST U ESSENTIALS �������������������������������������������������������������������� pumpkin patch, carnival or festival to have outdoor fun! Don’t miss our 24th annual Pumpkin Patch at the Nature Discovery Center on Oct. 21-22 where you can pick out a pumpkin, get artsy with fall crafts or play 20-plus games designed for all ages. Soon we will be cleaning ������������������������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������������������������������� gear up for these fall adventures now. I admit, fall can be harder to detect in our area — but I promise that if you hone in on your surroundings, you will discover the seasonal wonders of nature wherever you go! Eisner is program coordinator for the Nature Discovery Center in Russ Pitman Park, 7112 Newcastle Dr., Bellaire. FALLing Outdoors By Anne Eisner AGENCY YU, INC. Providing Luxury Insurance for ������������ since 2002 713.688.8881 EXT 1 LEASH@AGENCYYU.COM 6115 EDLOE, SUITE E (ACROSS FROM THE SCOUT HOUSE)


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