by Emily Conrad

A handful of red and orange leaves are still blowing around the neighborhood. I collected a few on my last walk and set them in the crook at the base of the big maple out front, finding in the process that it had some lovely green moss to add to the picture.

The display of color made me wonder: Has frost deepened the colors of these leaves? Or were there entire trees full of reds and oranges like these just a month ago? Did I miss just how marvelously the burgundy and orange red glowed because they were everywhere?

Lifting my eyes even now proves that there’s still stunning color on a few trees, suggesting that I’m only just now, as I lose it, coming to better appreciate something nature’s been gifting me with for an entire season.