The first rains of the fall/winter arrived on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Hopefully this will be a good sign of more rain to come this fall. The redwoods take on a completely different character in the rain. Thursday, the forest was filled with the popping sounds of raindrops falling through the canopy onto ferns and sorrel. Frogs could be heard chirping in the evening. The days are getting noticeably shorter and pretty soon my post work evening hikes will become a summertime memory. The rainy season is a great time for photography as the colors really come out. The forest seems clearer to the eye as well it seems.