The day before all the leaves fell from the trees was beautiful. Garry wasn’t up to going out — his shoulder has a nerve issue and he’s getting a cortisone shot for it next week. But the sun was out and filtering through the leaves in our woods in mid-afternoon. I just grabbed my little camera and went out. Shot half a dozen pictures of the sun filtering through the oak trees.Β 

I did not know that these would be the last pictures of the leaves this year. Autumn was so short … just three weeks from when the leaves changed to disappearing. Now, it’s very cold outside. It will warm up a bit, but fall ended abruptly. Overnight. These are my last two pictures from Autumn 2017, taken November 8th. Our oak woods.


    • Marilyn Armstrong November 12, 2017 / 10:54 am

      I love the color too, but those had JUST changed … and then, gone. They usually linger around through most of November. Not this year!

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  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread November 12, 2017 / 8:01 am

    It is really cold up here, and the pellet stove is roaring. With the high winds we had this week, the leaves came floating down like snowflakes. Fall is definitely over.


    • Marilyn Armstrong November 12, 2017 / 10:53 am

      Our heat is up and we both feel better. I hadn’t realized how the damp and cold was getting to us. It’s not exactly cozy in here … but for us, this IS cozy! Wasn’t that strange? Most of the leaves were still up, at least all of the oaks … and whoosh, by morning, gone. Strangest autumn end I’ve ever seen.

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  2. angloswiss November 12, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Wonderful photos of a beatiful Autumn scenery.


  3. Rich Paschall November 12, 2017 / 10:22 am

    Autumn ended abruptly here a few days ago. At Halloween hardly any leaves had fallen. That’s bad since I can no longer rake them up. I even picked raspberries in the late October, a rare occurrence. Now we have had snow and everything will be coming down this week. I am hoping it warms up enough for me to bribe a neighbor to rake.


    • Marilyn Armstrong November 12, 2017 / 10:51 am

      We got about half our stuff up, but there is SO much more — suddenly. We thought we had a few weeks left, but they just dropped overnight.

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      • Rich Paschall November 12, 2017 / 11:21 am

        When few leaves were down by Halloween and I was having back surgery Nov 2, I knew I was in trouble this year.

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        • Garry Armstrong November 12, 2017 / 11:35 am

          Rich, my pitching shoulder is sore. So much for being a crafty southpaw. Are right handers not not crafty?

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          • Rich Paschall November 12, 2017 / 12:33 pm

            No, right handers are not as crafty. As you know, a lefty can stay in the Bigs a lot longer.

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            • Garry Armstrong November 13, 2017 / 10:57 am

              Think I’ll be oldest & craftiest southpaw next season, the good lord willin’ and the crik don’t rise.

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        • Marilyn Armstrong November 12, 2017 / 11:36 am

          My son has a big “clean up machine” that he brings over by truck. And he did it. The next day, an entirely NEW load of leaves fell and since then, another wave … so you’d never know anything had been cleared. We have too many trees. Too many.

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          • Rich Paschall November 12, 2017 / 12:34 pm

            No matter how often I clean, thee seem to be plenty left in the Spring. This year I did not get to clean out anything.

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            • Garry Armstrong November 13, 2017 / 11:00 am

              Used old fashion method yesterday. the old, decrepit and savvy southpaw used big broom to sweep leaves deader than many MLB bats off the back porch. Using video for new contract.

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              • Marilyn Armstrong November 13, 2017 / 11:16 am

                That powerful left swing might just take you to the big leagues after all … following the cortisone shot, of course. But like many pitchers, you have the off-season to shape up.

                Shape up!

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  4. DailyMusings November 12, 2017 / 11:53 am

    Our leaves are sparse in color and the trees bare already it seems from the rain last week. Not a real autumn


    • Marilyn Armstrong November 12, 2017 / 2:34 pm

      No, not much of an autumn at all. We didn’t even get color till the third week in October — which is very late since we usually get at least the beginning of color in September. And now, before mid November, gone. I hope that doesn’t signal an awful winter to come.


  5. slmret November 12, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Even the brown leaves show beautiful color!


    • Marilyn Armstrong November 12, 2017 / 2:33 pm

      They are more bronzy yellow and with sunlight, they are very pretty. They usually stay on the trees for a long time, but not this year.


  6. swo8 November 12, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    On the positive side more light is getting through.


    • Marilyn Armstrong November 12, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      Yes. I can even see the sky. It’s not so cold today, though it supposed to drop way down after dark. We finally got the leaves off the back deck.

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      • swo8 November 12, 2017 / 4:39 pm

        From what I hear we are suppose to have a warmer day tomorrow.


  7. evilsquirrel13 November 12, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    It was raining leaves on me at the park Thursday… I tried getting some pictures of that, but the falling leaves just seem to blend in with everything else. I think most of the leaves will still be around for a bit longer… we’ve been flirting with cold the past two weeks, but have barely even had a true frost yet. I’m not even sure the grass has died yet, which I’ve been hoping for since the last time I cut it in August…


    • Marilyn Armstrong November 12, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      We went from summer to winter in a day. 70 degrees to 30 degrees and all the leaves just fell off. Garry and I finally got a few thousand oak leaves off the deck today. It’ll warm up again, a bit, but autumn came late and ended really FAST.

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      • Garry Armstrong November 14, 2017 / 9:43 am

        whistle down the wind…..


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