It was supposed to be really warm today but that didn’t materialize at all…it’s only 46 and hazy outside…smells like burning leaves in fact. This led me to do what I’ve been putting off for a few days now. It was time to deal with the leaves. We honestly don’t have all that many to deal with in reality. Before raking I thought I’d do a camera run and see what there was to see. I was surprised to find a remaining puff ball. While there are remnants of earlier seasons the reality is the majority of things are pointing more and more to winter. I remember when this tree was all golden and beautiful…no longer. The gold has fallen and turned mostly to a severely rusted brown now. Out of all the leaves I saw only one or two retained their brilliant yellow. I actually am impressed with this tarnished transition because it’s happened so quickly. Now I’m working on resigning myself to the next inevitable season where there are no leavesand very little color. The remaining stragglers won’t last through the bitter winds of winter. If you don’t think brown is that exciting for a colorthen you don’t know the long months of white here. This may be the last week to enjoy any color I can. How long until the other leaf (shoe) drops? Not much longer I think. Until later don’t forget those struggling since super storm Sandy and the elections…I know it gets old but if you refuse to vote and refuse to pray you really don’t have a right to complain right?