I was positive, that after the gusty winds from the past three days, all the leaves would have wriggled free from the branches and would be scattered on the grounds and trail at Council Point Park. Well, happily that wasn’t so. I only got one lap in this morning before it started sprinkling, so I abandoned the second lap to head for home. Sigh. It was gloomy and the sky was very gray when I departed, and, though I planned to wear a woolen cap and gloves before embarking on my trek, I decided to take these cooler Fall temps in baby steps, so I just wore a woolen headband and light gloves. I’ll bide my time and table the heavy woolens ‘til at least the mid-way mark of October. Shortly after I arrived at the Park, a few rays of sun pierced those darkish clouds and lit up the sky, albeit briefly. The sun made an encore performance as I was rounding the bend past this beautiful maple tree, all ablaze in glory, but shortly thereafter, the sun disappeared once again. It looks as if Mother Nature took her paint palette to the Park and cherry picked a few select trees to brighten up with Fall colors. She dipped her paintbrush into the brilliant hues … a dollop of crimson here, a dab of golden yellow there, and, finally a smidge of burnt orange for good measure. Voila! A cornucopia of color. I think Mother Nature is quite the artist and gets an “A” for effort for the job pictured above.