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14 reasons we're glad autumn has arrived

By: Catie Leary on Oct. 1, 2012, 3:23 p.m.
Red, orange and yellow Staghorn Sumac leaves

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After a summer of record-breaking heat, we can all breathe a sigh of relief because autumn has finally arrived.

As the days grow shorter and cooler, fall colors are popping up everywhere, much like this Staghorn sumac at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden in Wisley, England.

But crisp air and colorful foliage isn't all that autumn brings. The inherent nostalgia that autumn offers is enough for many of the season's biggest enthusiasts. Enjoy these scenes from autumns past; it'll make you enjoy this one all the more. (Text: Catie Leary)