|Gifford Pinchot State Park|
On a dreary fall day, the autumn color looks even more drab and less advanced than it does in sunshine. I took this photo on Sunday, mostly so I could better notice the change from then to the upcoming week. To me, photos help me notice changes that I can’t remember from day to day. Were the leaves on this twig yellow yesterday? Are they more yellow today? A photo lets me compare the two in a way that my memory can’t.
I certainly hope the color improves before the leaves fall. Autumn can be such a gorgeous time of year. I don’t like to think it may be another year or three before I get to see nice color again. 365 days is a long time to wait for something and to hope that it or me will still be around to see it.
Nature provides a lot of “big events” throughout the year, some of which simply aren’t repeated until the next year. Autumn leaf change is one of those. In addition to hoping for good color, I also hope for that color to stay on the trees for a while. Sometimes one day of great color is all I get. Other times the color hangs around for a week or 10 days, which at least reduces the wait time until the next year by a tiny bit.
Unfortunately, here on my mountain, snow has been one of those rare events the last few years. I am no longer guessing or taking bets on what will transpire with that anymore. The 11 inches of rain I had last weekend is also a rare event, but one that I hope doesn’t become any more common it is now. Other natural events are often less showy. The 36 hours that the bloodroot blooms is one of those. If you don’t look and don’t know where to look, you’ll miss that pretty spring flower.
I probably miss a lot of other natural events, those both big and small. Each year I try to add to my stock of events to pay attention to. I chew them over, compare this year’s event with those past and wonder about their differences. Each small change affects the wheel of the season’s turning in some way. Things change all the time, but the wheel of the seasons still turns.