Monday, July 11, 2011

Sumac Turning

With the mercury bumping it's head on the top of the thermometer and a heat index that's off the charts, autumn seems so far away.
But Mother Nature is dropping subtle clues that tell me autumn is closer than we think. 
The dusk till dawn lights come on a little earlier, the angle of the evening light is a little different, and then there's the Sumac.
On our walk this morning I was looking to see if there were any blackberries hanging on. The only berries I saw were so dry you could smoke them, but I did see a splotchy crimson leaf in the shadows.
I leaned in close and then shot this photo with my iPhone. Even though it was as hot as a catfish at Captain D's, a smile crept onto my face because I picked up on Mother Nature's clue.
She is saying, hang on Rick. Keep walking because before you know it, the trees will turn into Impressionist paintings, and people will start to complain about the cold.
Who knew that the turning of a leaf could bring such hope? 


  1. I think you are rushing Fall. With humid weather, I don't blame you. But up in Canada I live for summer. I don't want to see a single leaf change color for two months!

  2. When we have an exceptionally dry and hot summer (like we are this year) we often get the signs of fall early, mostly because the plants are burned out! (like my lawn that is brown and crusty in certain places, and the leaves on the river birches that turn yellow and fall off long before we think they ought to)

    I am with you in my hopes for an early fall, though. This summer has been brutal so far!

  3. I don't like Sumac, very allergic!!
    It is 103 with the heat index right now and it's only 8:30 a.m.! I love Autumn!! Love Di ♥

  4. I do love the cooler weather of fall, but right now I just want to enjoy this summer..heat and humidity and all. The past winter was a killer here!

  5. Anonymous5:09 PM

    Oh dear, I'm still enjoying summer :)

  6. The cycle of life is truly amazing! Yay! But I do hope summer continues for a little longer..! I've got all these sandals to wear yet! LOL! Take care


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