FROM READERS: You know it's fall in Missouri when...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 6:00 p.m. CDT
John Hall names fall foliage as one of several symbols of fall in Missouri.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

You know it's autumn when the wasps, bees, green tomatoes, roses, fresh picked flowers, bird nests, colorful foliage and Halloween decorations abound. Take a special peek at the wasp in the photo below holding the bee at bay.

You also know it's the season right before winter when the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team makes its usual, unbelievable comebacks and wind up in the playoffs where, this year, they do not belong. But, the politicos have convinced many of the voting populace to believe that the playing field should be made level, and so the St. Louis Cardinals bought into the "spreading of the wealth" concept. My son-in-law's house depicted everything thing from a Cardinal gnome to the team's logo painted on a pumpkin.

We also know that it is fall in Missouri when the professional football teams, the Rams and the Chiefs, along with the college boys at the nearby University of Missouri are all looking forward to next season. Well, they may not be looking much past just getting another football season over with. There won't be any playoffs or bowl appearances for any of those teams and thus, we in Missouri, can start looking forward to next season's tomatoes, bird nests and all the other things that go with spring and summer. And, hopefully, I'll still be around and will have enough sense to figure out which end of the camera goes to the eye and which is the correct one to point at the objects to be photographed.

If you can't see the slideshow embedded above, view it on Flickr here.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising Editor Joy Mayer.

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