The thing I love most about autumn is watching the leaves on maple, cottonwood, and alder trees turn brilliant hues of orange and gold, washing the landscape in a warmth that defies the ever-colder temperatures and chilly, fog blanketed mornings.
As so often happens here in western Washington, a great deal of those lovely leaves were swept from tree branches and tossed to the ground in a howling autumn windstorm last weekend. It's always so sad to wake up the next morning and look outside to find more leaves on the ground than on the trees! Take a look at the Nature 365 film below, which shows the leaf-dropping process as I wish it would happen; where a gentle breeze gradually loosens those delicate leaves from the brilliant canopy overhead and bears them carefully to the ground...
Nature 365: October 17, 2015 from FollowFocus on Vimeo.
Autumn leaves are yet another reminder of the ephemeral nature of so many things in life. We need to allow ourselves a moment to enjoy them before the next season sweeps on in.