These were taken last Friday. Saturday night we had low temperatures and I watched Sunday morning a tree that had been bright yellow at sunup lost most of its leaves while the remaining ones were brown by midday.
Yesterday was a day of heavy rain -- I suspect most trees will be bare before long.
Still, it was beautiful while it lasted.
It's always a bit of a wrench to go from the golds and yellows, reds and oranges to the browns and grays ahead.
But it's nice to see the contours of the land again, to find beauty in subtlety, to appreciate all that the season offers.
There's always another photo opportunity ahead . . .
Like this red-tailed hawk I spotted while driving down Anderson Branch. Luckily there were no other vehicles in sight and I stopped and caught him just before he took wing.