Fall color is near its peak here on Roundtop Mtn., though some areas are still pretty green. The low-lying valleys and gullys may even be at the peak of fall color. With the first frost possible on Sunday night, leaves not yet at peak soon will be. Some leaves are already falling and beginning to litter the lane up to my cabin, but the big fall of leaves is still about two weeks away.
At the moment I am hoping I can continue to dodge acorns, beech nuts and especially walnuts and hickory nuts that are falling all around me. I would not want to get hit by a walnut seedpod, that’s for sure. Those things are bigger than golf balls. I hear all manner of nuts land on the roof, the car (so far no dents), rocks and the lane itself. Often, I can hear them crash through a layer or so of leaves before they hit the ground, but not always. So far, I can report no injuries to me or the dogs, but we have all had at least a couple of near misses over the past week.
I have seen the first junco of the new season—exactly one. It sped away, flashing its white outer tail feathers. That sighting on Monday is still the only one I’ve seen. The late sunrise and early sunset may be a factor here. I have yet to get the fall color photo I want because the sun isn’t high enough to be where I want it to be by the time I leave the cabin. And I can’t get in the cabin and change shoes after work fast enough to catch the evening light on weekdays now. I simply will have to wait for the weekend and then hope the leaves are not already disappearing. I am sure that by next weekend, not much of the color will be left. Winter IS coming.