I knew this day would come eventually, but it is always hard to see this mighty Japanese Maple shed it's beautiful leaves this time of year. To me, it symbolizes that fall is almost over. This year, we had a good run. Usually, by Thanksgiving week the leaves are starting to shed or they are already gone. Not this year. I am thankful for the long run. Soon, I will have my husband put together a video that shows the progression of the change of color of the tree. I will continue to chronicle it until the tree is bare.
A Beautiful Blanket of Fall Color
Though it is hard to watch the tree go dormant for the winter, the color that is dropping right now is amazing and beautiful to see. When I lived in California, a good Santa Ana wind would knock off all the dead brown leaves off the trees. Nothing pretty to look at! But it is different here. We get everything from deep purple, red, orange and yellow, nothing brown! My favorite leaves are the variegated type that have different colors in the leaf.
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I can smell Autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin and the crisp sunburnt leaves.