Some years our tree out front, which I've referred to in the past as the Largest Sweet Gum Known to Mankind, doesn't do so well in the Fall Color category. One year, the temperature turned so fast that instead of turning various shades of yellow, orange, and red, the leaves turned a funky shade of purply-brown, kind of mahogany. Really a strange color for autumn leaves.
But this year, we are getting a nice, gradual cooling off, and our sweet gum's colors are glorious! I have not retouched these pictures, which I took from our bedroom window. I think in some regards, deciduous trees in autumn beat spring and summer flowers all hollow. Much more spectacular on a bigger scale. Do you wonder why this is my favorite time of year?