October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came;
The ashes, oaks, and maples;
And those of every name.
Every year a spectacular color-show blazes through the deciduous woodlands as the trees prepare for winter.
The science behind the leaves' color changes is complicated and involves words like chlorophyll, carotenoids, and anthrocyanins. Who really cares?
What I do understand is that as daylight hours shorten and night temperatures fall, the leaves become gaudy showoffs, flittering on the winds, somersaulting on the slightest breeze, dancing throughout the forest in gowns of red and gold and yellow.
It's an extravagant farewell to summer. Lucky us. Everyone gets a ticket. And they are always free.
"Behold, the glory of the God of Israel
came from the way of the east. His
voice was like the sound of many
waters; and the earth shown
with His glory." Ezekiel 43:1