Last Update: Oct 5, 2022
Today is a rare fall day when the sun is clear, the temperature is comfortable and the leaves are kicking into full glory. So I wanted to share some beautiful colors of the season.
This post is purely for enjoyment.
The next few weeks will be the last of any color for many months to come. Every year, the colors of the leaves vary. That is due to the summer's temperatures and precipitation levels.
Summer was particularly dry this year, which makes for the most brilliant fall colors.
The sugar maples are my personal favorite and I always go searching for those bright red leaves. These are the trees that produce maple syrup in the spring.
Some years, the leaves are drab in their shades of brown. But this year, the golds, crimsons, and burnt oranges are simply brilliant.
Earlier today there was a musical symphony in the forest that surrounds my yard. All the grackles were beginning their annual departure for warmer climes.
They've got the right idea in my opinion! The weather is about to take a real nosedive soon, and their intuitive sense of when to go always amazes me.
If you are unfamiliar with grackles, they are a large blackbird with an iridescent sheen that varies between turquoise, purple and green.
As much as I love birds, these feathered friends tend to bully out the other birds in their quest to devour all the seed in the feeders during spring and summer. So I'm not a huge fan of them, but I do miss their familiarity once they depart.
I've taken thousands of bird images over the years and you'd think I would have a picture of a grackle somewhere, but I couldn't find one. So this stock image will have to suffice.
When grackles perch in the pine trees squawking with full fury, the sound is remarkable. You hear them but can't always see them.
And as one decides to fly on to the next spot in their journey, suddenly birds just seemingly pop out of the trees to follow the leader.
For anyone afraid of birds, it is reminiscent of a scene out of "The Birds." But I find it fascinating.
Over the course of several hours, literally thousands of these birds will have perched, squawked and then left. And when they go, it's like the volume just turned to zero.
Nature has its own rules, its own ebb and flow and it is a scene to behold.
This time of year also wraps up some local visitors like this little girl below. She's been coming around for a few years now and really makes herself at home.
I'll leave you with a few other fall images to enjoy.
The above image is of my neighbor's lane way. It's quite picturesque!
The one below is of a local farm that also has a great view of the leaves.
Have a great day WA and take a moment to stop and enjoy the natural beauty in your neck of the woods.
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