Once again, conditions were not quite right this year for the amazing phenomenon I came to think was "normal"; 20 years ago.
We were watching; and were rewarded for that. But the majority of the big compound leaves, walnuts, butternuts, hickories, and ash- were stripped off the trees by 30 mph winds in the two days before the frost. So once again, we had a modest version, performed mostly by our sugar maples, with a few turns from the wild black cherries.
Attempts to take video have so far failed to capture anything vaguely resembling the experience; now I'd rather just see; watch. But the end results can give you some idea:
Oh, hurray! Blogger seems to have decided that this time it will let you click on the pic, and you can see it in its original, much bigger, format. So far! The photo, incidentally, is completely natural- I didn't touch or rearrange a single leaf.
It made quite a carpet, all lying flat as they fell in the calm. Another change- this year our sugar maples had more red in their colors than I ever remember seeing; usually ours give us yellows, only. Why? You can find lots of educated answers- but keep in mind the educated guessers all thought our colors would be poor this year, because of the long drought and heat- but in fact the colors have been unusually bright.
Gone now, of course; they curl as they dry in the sun; fade and tumble when the wind comes up.
Lovely, while it lasts.