November Color

Has this been a spectacular fall for color, or am I just paying closer attention? Friends on the Vineyard and elsewhere in southern New England have been marveling as well, so I know it’s not just me.

This morning the oaks in my neighborhood are battened down for winter. There’s a little ice in Trav’s outside water dish. Here’s a belated tribute to November color and other signs of fall.

A guy and his chainsaw

A guy and his chainsaw

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Logs from a tree that was too close to the driveway

It’s easy to see the truth of the adage “Wood warms you twice.” I get to watch my neighbors saw and split and stack. My little heater uses propane.

The driveway looks downright wintry . . .


. . . but as I walk along it, I see the Bradford pear glowing in the middle of my neighbors’ lawn.

bradford pear 1

Two Bradford pears nearby are smaller but just as bright.

horsehead laundryNovember laundry is mostly somber, but the Japanese maple near the clothesline isn’t.

maple & sillSpeaking of Japanese maples, this is what I see out my window every morning when I open the curtains and pull up the shade. Worth getting out of bed for, yes?

Here it is again, from the outside, eclipsed by a big fir, with my second-floor apartment in the background.

maple eclipsed

In November, the greens look greener — at least when they’re not being upstaged by Japanese maples and Bradford pears.

greenmoss In deep winter, brambles stand out. They’re the only green in the scrubby undergrowth. In November I don’t notice them till they wrap around my legs.



Trav and I walk around this field several times a week, 52 weeks a year. It’s gone quiet now — but isn’t the sky blue?

SMF field

About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has been preoccupied with electoral politics since 2016. She just started a blog about her vintage T-shirt collection: "The T-Shirt Chronicles." Her other blogs include "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories," about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, and "Write Through It," about writing, editing, and how to keep going.
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2 Responses to November Color

  1. Sharon Stewart says:

    Wish I had a tree with such vivid colours outside my window.


  2. Shirley says:

    Lovely, Susanna – I have been to the hospital to have blood drawn, eaten my favorite breakfast at The Black Dog, arrived home by 9am – exhilarated from the frosty morning air and little traffic on the roads……love this time of year!


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