After a week of rain, wind, socks and putting the flannel
sheets back on the bed, we have been promised 10 more days of summer! Not
one to squander a gift like that, I made a point of interrupting my walk on
Monday for this tree. All spring and summer, its tiny leaves are lime green,
but then in the fall, they turn lemon yellow. In general, it seems like the
color will be late this year – several trees I regularly watch for and sketch
are barely hinting at turning – but this one has no hesitation.
Very disappointingly, yesterday a new cloud of smoke appeared
from another distant wildfire, ruining our week of sunshine. The sun rose above
the treetops with a coral-red glow that has become all-too-familiar here. At least this time we're prepared with an air purifier.