Fall on the West Coast

Out on Vancouver Island you can tell it’s fall. Blackberries are starting to ripen

The ripe ones are always highest
Rose hips hang like jewels

The open faced eglantine roses have lost their petals in the dry heat of a long summer. The air is a little hazy today because of wildfires on the mainland. Here on the island, all is calm. The water of the Straight is as calm as a mill pond. A child in a red cap wades out to cast his line into the salt water. How many more fishing expeditions will he see this year?