Will a wet summer mean a burst of color
for Ozark hills familiar with drab autumns?
Clouds more frequent, but blue skies,
still, in these shorter days of lower sun.
The sycamores seem to measure
the light, their yellow the first to show.
Without a frost to say otherwise, green
clings to maple, oak, and hickory.
No monarchs in sight as the milkweed
goes to seed, but the season will not be rushed.
Back in Buffalo, I’d be taking photos of peak fall foliage around Columbus Day. A week later could be too late, with colors fading. There’s nothing here yet, in Missouri, but our first frost of the season is in this weekend’s forecast. Fingers crossed.
Images (top to bottom)
Sycamore starting to change on Moreau River (04 Oct 2019)
Milkweed, bank-side of pond in Runge Conservation Center (09 Oct 2019)
Common buckeye feeding on aster at Runge (09 Oct 2019)
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