Yes, it does mean winter is coming. We're working on keeping an upbeat attitude about the winter, knowing it means the earth and many living things are taking a break. The human population can either snuggle down under the fleece throw, put a log on the fire, and get caught up on reading and other indoor projects, or can enjoy the outdoor sports so popular in Michigan and other cold-weather locales. Skiing, sledding, ice skating, snow-shoeing, making snowmen....choose your winter activity.
As far as photography, it's still early morning and late afternoon shooting, for the most part, and remembering to pay attention to all the "rules" which govern photographing snow and sparkle and caring for cold equipment.
For now, we're enjoying our favorite season, watching the sun hit the oranges and yellows and reds, causing that gorgeous glow. We walk the woods, drive country roads, and take those vibrantly colored photographs. The dog is very happy with us this time of year, when we enjoy becoming energized by the cooler temperatures - sweater-weather. Open those eyes, and let the color and glow into your hearts.