Life in a cabin on a mountain in southern Pennsylvania
Friday, October 04, 2013
Colors of fall
The sunlight this morning was especially nice, making even dry and withered plants look more golden than brownish. In the bright light of midday, the mullein is more the color of a cigar. The goldenrod still looks golden, though. About the only flowers left are the tiny fleabanes that are nearly lost in the yellowing grasses.
This isn’t a true fall color change. It’s more a drying of the forest from lack of rain. Perhaps that lack is forcing the leaves to change sooner than the temperature and hours of daylight would indicate. I just hope some leaves are left to produce the prettier fall colors.
I live in a cabin in the forests of Pennsylvania. I write about what I see and do in the natural world around me. I've been a hawkwatcher for more than 20 years, a birder for longer than that, and a crayfish-catcher since I was a polywog.