FLASHBACK FRIDAY – September 23, 2019

It’s two years later and the leaves haven’t even started to get serious about changing. Maybe they will soon. The weather is right, though it is warmer than it used to be. I suspect fall will arrive, but like last year, it will come later than it did a few years ago.

We took our cameras and went to River Bend. We hoped there would be some autumn foliage. There was a bit. A few changing maples. Hints of gold in the dark green leaves of late summer. Mostly, it was lovely but not especially autumnal.

Photo: Garry Armstrong
Photo: Garry Armstrong

Today the leaves began to fall. They haven’t changed color. They just started falling, a storm of leaves. Maybe it was the wind or maybe it’s going to be a year when instead of autumn, the leaves curl up and fall to the ground.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

At least the weather has been lovely. Bright, clear, cool at night. Warm by day. It is the first really nice weather we’ve had all season.

Amber light in early fall
Black-Eyed Susans

We do have birds. They are very shy and mostly small. Lots of chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice plus a few others I’ve not yet identified. They are in different feathers than they were during breeding. I will capture them. This is their hungry time.

Garry at River Bend

Categories: #BlackstoneRiver, #Photography, Autumn, Garry Armstrong, Marilyn Armstrong, Nature

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10 replies

  1. I hope you get the blaze of autumnal hues at some point, Marilyn, and I look forward to seeing your pictures if/when it happens. We’ve got a bit of a mix over here, but the weather is warm too. It still looks lovely though as it is now. 🙂


  2. Our Autumn is much warmer this year.


  3. Refresh my memory, what state are you living in?


  4. I seem to remember vivid autumn colours in your pictures from last year, Marilyn. I suppose it does change from year-to-year.


    • This was from 2019. The leaves did change eventually, but only lasted for a couple of days until they fell. That can happen for a bunch of reasons — always weather related.

      LAST (2020) year, after wondering if we would even have autumn, suddenly all the trees lit up with gold and red and orange and we got more than 2 weeks of foliage. I’m hoping this year will be like last year — late, but beautiful.

      It has gotten warmer. The autumn color change has a lot to do with sharp, sudden temperature drops at night, preferably near freezing. It’s our “cold snap.” If it doesn’t happen, you aren’t going to get a great show of colors. Also, constant rain makes the leaves turn brown and fall off — and an early snow in September or October kills the foliage too. And then, hurricanes produce both huge rains and wind — and that is always the end of foliage. The wind alone would do the job.

      Right now, there aren’t any bright leaves. Five years ago it would be full autumn by now, but it stays warm later. We just finished up four days in which 1 was sunny and 3 were raining. Today it’s beautiful. If we are lucky, we’ll start getting cold snaps at night. Fingers crossed!

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