After a wacky week of weather, today everyone collectively cheers “TGIF!” I am sure the drivers who dealt with three or four white-knuckled and treacherous commutes, in as many days, are glad to just stay hunkered down at home for the weekend.
Finally, the brutal Arctic Blast has subsided and the snow machine has stopped which is all good.
But glancing out the window, or merely stepping outside to trudge to the garage to start the car, or knock those spindly icicles to the ground, I must remind myself the season is Fall, not Winter. I am a wee bit conflicted as I see snow everywhere, yet the leaves are still fluttering to the ground, littering up that not-so-pristine snow. It is a sight to behold, like gigantic polka-dots or a connect-the-dots game gone wild! Will the snow melt to rake up those lingering leaves before our last yard waste pickup Thanksgiving week?
Strip tease, er … Strip trees!!
Mother Nature wreaked havoc on our Autumn with incessant winds, cutting short the time for leaf peepin’ and admiration. Those trees did a strip tease of sorts, shaking off those vibrant-colored leaves, letting them drop slowly, eventually ending up bare and shivering in the cold.
I watched over the course of about ten days’ time as the trees, which wore cloaks of gorgeous Fall colors …
… quickly dropped their leaves onto the ground.
At first it was a few leaves scattered here and there …
… and then at a fast and furious pace.
I loathed the locust tree we had for many years. It dropped little leaves and stringy things all over the driveway and sidewalk – everything got tracked into the house. Seeing this locust tree brings it all back to me. 🙂
This maple WAS so exquisite … going, going, gone.
When all was said and done, many of the dazzling trees were bare …
… and the squirrels’ nests were suddenly exposed and big enough to show up on Google maps.
It’s all part of this annual trek as we inch from Fall toward Winter. Speaking of treks, I’m hoping to visit this very spot, Council Point Park, on the weekend, if the ice has melted in the ‘hood.