Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves

October ending with rain and snow!  Snow on the pumpkins and spiderwebs, skeletons, ghosts and tombstones.  And a rain of falling leaves, many of them still green.

The mulberry trees started dropping their leaves on the first of November, a layer of green leaves on the snow in the alley.  Snow and mulberry leaves on the summer chairs.

Many ginkgo trees also dropped their leaves that same day.  Ginkgo leaves are usually a bright gold yellow when they change. The leaves were mostly green, with a slight tinge of yellow to them.

The falling leaves seemed eerie, almost surreal.

Both ginkgoes and mulberries are temperature-sensitive. It’s the temperature, rather than the shorter days,  that triggers the leaves to fall.

You can read more about the falling mulberry leaves  here.

You can read more about ginkgoes here.

Sweeping leaves today, I think about the leaves, the  maples and the oak leaves  and the yellow-brown leaves of the hickory tree.

A rain of leaves, and each one different and unique.

Why do leaves change color in the fall?  You can read more about fall colors here.



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  • Thank you for these beautiful musings. I struggled with myself when I met a neighbor clearing away the fallen red and orange leaves of his maple tree. As slick as they were with the snow and ice, then the puddles, I loved the colors. I hated to go back to the gray sidewalk. But it was my neighbor's call. Thank you for helping us all remember.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for reading.

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