The leaves don't quite look like this yet here in Southern California, but the first sign we got was the return of Santa Ana winds, which sparked 5 brush fires. It's the time of year I dread, for it seems that we lose more and more of our precious wildlands every year at this time. It seems so unfair that the south gets a deluge and we are still in a drought. But there it is. Call it global warming, call it climate shift, but whatever it is, we need to start the rain dancing here now!