Mother Nature releases her fall line-up

On a recent trip into town, I saw a few trees that were fully prepared for fall. They were completely covered with yellow leaves? When did this happen?

Sunny October Day by James Dean on Flickr, Creative Commons License
Sunny October Day by James Dean on Flickr, Creative Commons License

Okay, yes, it is technically fall. I even had to turn on the heat two weeks ago (but only for a day or two, and then summer returned). But that’s just it: Usually in Nebraska we experience Mother Nature in a tug-of-war with herself, trying to decide between two seasons. On those days, you might leave the house in morning wearing a sweater and jacket but come home in the evening wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

And no, I’m not exaggerating to prove a point. Nebraskans learn from an early age: Always dress in layers.

In the fall, the leaves usually don’t change until after we’ve played several rounds of “How much will the temperature fluctuate today?” So you can understand my surprise when I see entire trees proudly showing off their new fall wardrobe.

Has Mother Nature calmed down a bit in her old age? Or is she just revving up for a particularly awe-inspiring winter? Hmm, I’m thinking it’s time to start prepping for the next season (although I will continue to stop and appreciate the beauty of the autumnal colors).

4 thoughts on “Mother Nature releases her fall line-up

  1. My favorite season is here-yay! Big fluffy sweaters and fuzzy socks, amazing tree colors (love the pumpkin orange and crimson red) and friendly squirrels hiding nuts in my garden for me to find in the spring. I consider it a privilege to keep their stash safe and make a pile of them when I do my spring planting. I’m toasting a long and color filled fall with my coffee cup…cheers!

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