The color here in the Ozarks is almost completely gone. Sometimes you’ll find a dogwood deep in a hollow – but the show is essentially over. Here are the last of the stragglers and my attempt to find something interesting or beautiful without a lot of color.
This hickory was one of the last holdouts. More leaves up than down.
Today even these are on the ground.
Some maples hung on in spite of the recent wind and rains, sometimes the sky was visible right through them.
Today the maples have all joined the oaks on the forest floor.
A crunchy carpet of tans and golds a foot thick in spots is all that remains.
Driving west I saw this field full of something fluffy. The sunlight and wind made it dance.
The puffs were actually quite delicate – like dandelion seeds. Even so they hung on in the wind.
On my way back to town I stopped by to see this old friend – fully exposed amidst its now barren trees. It makes me think of that transition from Fall to Winter.
Fall is fleeting and I miss it already.