We are losing daylight rapidly, more than 40 fewer minutes of light than 2 weeks ago according to the weatherman. What light there is has been muffled this week in clouds and drizzle, although the sun is expected to break through today. We do need rain, and more than this skimpy wet blanket. Ah but the sunlight when it comes! Low-slung and mellow, echoed in gold and bittersweet leaves. The fall party is just getting underway in the Boston area, the early arrivers standouts in their fancy dress, but soon to be surrounded in spectacle, the last hurrah before winter.