Autumn at Oak Hill

Do you wait impatiently for the autumn leaves to change? I'd decided to myself that all the oak leaves were going to turn brown and fall to the ground without any show of color.

The first hint of autumn color

But one day it happened. In just one day, fall was here. And it rained that day, and then I was afraid the leaves would all fall to the ground before I could take pictures.

Sumac leaves in fall

As soon as the rain let up a bit, I was outside with my camera. It was overcast and I'd wanted the sun behind the leaves, but I'm still happy with how they turned out.

Oak leaves beginning to change color

I still miss autumn in other parts of the world where I have lived in the past, especially Maine and the upper Midwest, but Oklahoma can come up with some beautiful vignettes too.

A bright spot against the fallen leaves

I love contrast: red and green, or yellow against the dark trunk of a tree.

Red leaves and green leaves

This photo below explains my recent squirrel sighting. I rarely see squirrels because of our cats, but the nut trees have evidently attracted a few. We have a few walnut and hickory trees. I haven't discovered any pecan trees on our land, but they do grow nearby.

Evidence of squirrels

Less than a week later, most of the trees are missing half of their leaves. They'll be bare soon.

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