This afternoon I was taking a break out on the deck, reading yesterday’s paper. Travvy thought it was suppertime. From the slant of the light, I thought he might be right.
Nope: it was barely 3:30. He eats at 4:30. The days are getting shorter. It feels later earlier. I wake up with the light, and these days I’m not getting out of bed till 7 or so. I’ll be glad when “fall back” makes the sun rise earlier, but pitch-dark at 5 is always a shock.
The photos I posted in “Early Fall Color” were taken at the very beginning of the month. Since then the woods have been turning ever more russet. There’s still plenty of green out there, but late October light catches the brown and turns it brandy golden.
Trav and I have several different routes, but our morning walks cover pretty much the same ground. Here’s what it looked like earlier this week.
These black-eyed susans are what prompted me to start packing my camera again. When your name is Susanna and you have brown eyes, people think black-eyed susans must be your totem flower. Their real name is brown-eyed susannas, but the field guides don’t know it yet.
Here we’re almost home. The color doesn’t let up. That’s my neighbors’ house, with the burning bush in the foreground.