When the bright leaves of autumn have fallen, been collected and carted off or tossed into the woods to add to the humus in which everything grows, that’s when the green leaves of the oaks suddenly change — in just one or two days — to brown.

In sunlight, they have a hint of golden bronze, but in the gray light of most November days, they are a dull brown. Soon they will fall and the cleanup of last week will need to be done again.

The oaks are huge and there are so many leaves up there. Millions, really. Just a couple of days ago, there was still some yellow and red with the oncoming brown wave. Today, the trees are more bare and only a little bit of yellow remains along the very tops of the woods.

Winter is coming.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


    1. Yes, they are beautiful, especially in good light. Different. From now until it snows, it’s bronze and btown and in sunlight, they can look golden. I love the rivers this time of year. They reflect the bronze leaves and the water looks like flowing gold. Time for us to go out and shoot again. Garry’s got a bum shoulder, so he hasn’t wanted to go anywhere and I’m worried he has torn a iigament or a tendon. I’m hoping with rest it will get better, but it’s been a couple of weeks …

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  1. What’s left on my oak tree looks just like that too…. icky and brown. Though that just matches the icky look of the sky. The sun’s been a stranger this month…. even yesterday when it was in the 70’s before the cold front came through.


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