I haven’t been able to get out very much lately, so I spent a little time looking through old pictures again. I was looking at autumn pictures, especially, because the leaves here haven’t shown much sign of turning yet. I was comparing other years, and sure enough, things were different.
Here, for example, is a branch on the liquidambar tree on November 8 of 2006, almost exactly eight years ago.
Here are some leaves on the ground, taken at the same time.
Aren’t they gorgeous? Now I think I’ll save this draft and go take a picture of the tree today . . . back in a bit.
I’m back. Here’s the liquidambar today.
There’s one or two colorful leaves . . . but a lot of dead branches and leaves, and a notable lack of pinkelponkers. (If you haven’t read this blog for long, pinkelponkers are the burr-like seed capsules of the liquidambar; at least one name for them. They’re also a word I love to say . . . pinkelponkerspinkelponkerspinkelponkers . . .)
There’s not much color on the ground, either.
I did find one fairly nice leaf.
What does all this mean? Well, that it’s been a warm autumn, for one thing. That the tree has been stressed, both by the drought and last year’s fire. And that we’re a long way from a nice crisp frost.
Also that I have way too much time on my hands lately! Billy is a little better every day, though, so we’ll both be out and about before too long.