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Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell.

— Jean Paul Richter

Late summer afternoon on the beach in Cherry Grove, Fire Island; September 17, 2011. Photo: Joseph Broda

Houses on the dunes, Cherry Grove, Fire Island; September 18, 2011. Photo: Joseph Broda

Summer ends and fall 2011 officially arrives at 5:05 a.m. EDT today. I’m always a bit sad to see my favorite season — summer — end, so I try to savor and enjoy as much of it as I can up until the very last minute. Summer 2011 was very life-changing for me in many ways… a time of growth, change, happiness and many good memories. Bring on the fall!