The beauty of dead leaves
When the leaves of the trees turn from green to any other color, we know for sure that Winter is fast approaching. Or at least this is the way things should be, but in the Midwest, it may be a long way before the first snow of the year will come. In Midwest we practically have only three seasons to speak of. It is true that there is a Spring, however judged by its length it can't really qualify as a full blown season. The transition from totally naked to a green attire is almost instantaneous. If you don't pay much attention you can't even see it. In at most a week every corner of the Nature springs to life. You go from winter clothing to shorts and tshirt in at most two weeks.
That does not mean that they year is shorter. What we are missing in Spring we gain in Fall which is a very long season, starting in September and going all the way to mid November. The leaves turn yellow, orange, rusty, or any other color from that spectrum, but they linger on the ground for a long time covering the land into a very colorful coat, made, seems from all sort of patches forgotten in a corner.
A pessimist will say that the landscape is sad. An optimist will think that the landscape is very colorful and beautiful. Yes, there are dead leaves, but they are supposed to turn into nutrients for the next year, and when the warmth comes back they will reincarnate into the new green and the cycle is restarted.
Here are some pictures of the wonderful dead leaves which even in their rigamortis condition continue to enchant our senses with their unique colors.
Image Credit » CHF