Saturday, October 24, 2009

Maples Begin to Turn

Overnight it seems the maples have begun to turn.  The dogwoods and sourwoods have been red for a while, but in the last couple of days suddenly there are the brilliant oranges and reds coming from the maples. We love to watch  this tree behind the garden shed turn each year, it goes from green to a yellowish green to orange, glowing from the inside out, gradually getting brighter and brighter from the top down, like a burning flame.  Even on this rainy dreay day, the yard seems bright.

At the bottom of the lawn more maples and now hickory's turning golden.  There is still a lot of green out there, this is just the first week of strong fall color for us here in the Piedmont.  I'm hoping the rain won't knock all the leaves down to the ground too soon.  With luck we'll enjoy the changing leaves for several weeks to come.

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