For the last week the big maple down the street has been showing ever-increasing red, especially on higher exterior leaves. The tree fills much of my office window and is, as my neighbor says, “an early adopter.” Each year it turns well before the other trees on the street.
In Maine, we noticed a few trees had begun to turn. One oak had a few unusually brilliant leaves. At the shore, a few plants had begun to turn.On our bike trip last weekend we also found some trees in early stages of turning.
Although summer is not yet over we are noticing the first true signs of Autumn to come. Days and nights are again cool. Rainy days and days filled with intense sun follow one another. The gardens are abundant and exuberant, and we are in the throes of preparing our Fall classes.
The Fair begins in about ten days, and true to form temps by the end of next week are forecast to be near ninety. The Tropics are awakening, perhaps a portent of storms to come, but not quite yet.