Maples are suddenly blazing away!
Finally…FINALLY!…fall is starting to look like fall hereabouts. Although, as I glance through my workroom window, the view downstream is still mostly green vegetation along both banks. There's not a hint of red to be seen; even the Virginia creeper twining up the sycamores at the lower corner of the yard remains an anemic pinkish-orange.
About half this tree's leaves came down before turning yellow.
Yet while we may not have any reds here along the river, it's a different story a couple hundred yards up the road, where a wealth of maples have decided to turn on their flames. All I can say is: Hey…it's about time!
Virginia creeper up the road.
This color arrived suddenly—in fact, over the last 24-36 hours. I drove by the same trees Saturday morning and only a few leaves were starting to show hints of red and gold, orange and yellow. This morning, almost all their leaves had changed into full-autumn dress. The transformation was glorious!
Mixed colors, including asters and waterwillow.
Still, such patches of bright color are the exception rather than the rule. Most of the landscape looks pre-fall instead of mid-fall, greenish-yellow, with the overall emphasis have just barely shifted onto the yellow side of things.
A little maple brightens up a corner.
Our summer-long drought is likely to blame. And it's doubtless the cause of so many trees already having dropped their leaves. A great many trees hereabout, covering a wide variety of species, have, over the past week, have simply lost the majority of their leaves without showing any color other than a listless tan.
As you can see—it's mostly yellow hereabouts.
But I'm not complaining. A little bit is better than none. Not all years are show-stoppers when it comes to fall color. Or you can have a great color display, and the weather suddenly cold and stormy, and every pretty leaf on the trees disappears overnight.
There are still a number of aster species in bloom.
Nope, I'm good with what we've got…and who knows, this one isn't over yet.
What I think is nannyberry.