-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* Finally Found Autumn's Color *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-
We had a "killing frost" over the weekend with morning temps getting down into the upper 20's. This was the final stroke for some of the slow-to-change trees around here. The holdout Oaks finally got the message and the leaves changed almost overnight. A row of tall Ash trees just beyond the property line of my house, were shedding their entire canopy in the calm chill of first light....it looked like an avalanche of yellow/rust leaves falling . In slightly more than an hour, the Ash trees were stripped bare
I hit some of my past favorite areas to check them out and wasn't disappointed at what I was finding. Although by now, many of the trees are past their prime colors and shed their leaves, the remaining Aspen, Birch and Oak are showing their true colors. My walk took me through some areas along paths that were completely hidden by the fresh covering of fallen leaves and along the windswept shoreline of Coon Lake where the Wild Rice, Cattails and Reeds danced wildly in the stiff breeze.
I guess this is what Autumn's supposed to be, glad I found it before leaving this state (Minnesota) for the warmth of another winter in Arizona