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Friday, November 2, 2012

The Autumn Leaves Drift Past My Window

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.

Not so this year.  This year, we are having an uncommonly warm autumn- not indian summer warm, but not as cold as usual.  This November is starting out pretty warm as well. Usually, November is consistently colder than December and January, which I find pretty weird, but that's what usually happens in these parts.

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?


John said...

We've had a spectacularly colorful fall up here as well, and I totally agree! Spring is nice because of the warmth it foretells, but a brisk, colorful fall is like a deep, relaxing sigh between the hustle and bustle of summer, and the battening-down of winter. Time for stews and book reading! Gourds, apple sauce, roast chicken.... best season ever.

Miriam said...

Lovely! We've had a very, very wet fall, but like you, much warmer than usual. The leaves have been beautiful but they don't last on the trees for long with all the rain. I love where I live, but sometimes I miss the crisp cold and bright sunshine of autumn in the east!