It’s coming…it’s coming…wait for it…
The LEAVES are PEAKING!
For those of you who don’t live around Eastern Canada and New England, let me explain.
We all know leaves change colors in the fall. But it doesn’t happen all at once.
The advanced guard start changing their color as early as August. But the forests are still mostly green at that point.
The transformation gradually builds up and tapers off in November, where you might find a few stragglers still clinging to the branches.
But there is a magical, wonderful time, when everything is at its best. When the colors are at their brightest, but the leaves haven’t yet started to fall off the trees.
And it’s happening right now.
And it’s not guaranteed to happen every year, either. It all depends on the temperature and moisture levels in the soil.
Some years, the colors are washed out, and over and done with early, and autumn just rates a “Meh”.
Other years can blow you away, as if you’re seeing autumn for the first time. The yellows, oranges, scarlets and salmons are so vibrant, you’d swear that the trees are emitting their own light.
This year is a pretty good one, I think.
But it won’t last forever. Already the maple in my back yard is shedding its leaves.
We might have another 7-10 days of great colors. Maybe less.
It could end overnight if there’s a windstorm.
By the end of the month, the trees will be bare, and Mother Natures’ show will pretty much over and one with.
So, quick….get out there, go for a drive, take a walk! Check out the country side and grab your camera!
Because right now, it’s a very special moment.
But it’s also a very fleeting moment.
Make hay while the sun shines, my Mom always says.