~ Ray Bradbury
Autumn came late to New York City this year, and perhaps because of the mild summer, it came strange. Trees that are normally mousy, like the oaks that generally turn brown, were on fire. The basswoods, which are usually my favorites, where monochromatic. So few leaves were on the ground that I asked my husband to come with me to grab a few from the trees.
|Basswood leaves most years.
|Basswood leaves this year.
"At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost."
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Fortunately, the maples and oaks took charge.
|This is a maple.
|This year's oak leaves.
We also had some leaves that were solid yellow and others that were vivid green.
|A mixed bag of colors.
Meanwhile, in Toronto, autumn seems more normal. My social media friend Tiina Komulainen is a talented photographer. This is a photo she took of leaves in water on the far side of the Canadian border.
|Photo by Tiina Komulainen.
"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face."
~ John Donne
Belatedly posting links to my earlier autumn leaf blogs: