We are well past “post-peak”—the glorious maples are now bare and in “stick season”—with the colors that remain mostly the now-brown Red Oaks, the glowing yellow of White Birch and Norway Maple—though the leaves of both now dropping fast—and finally visible on many hillsides, the glorious gold of Tamarack. This conifer fully sheds its leaves, needles really, coating the early snows in yellow and gold, a lovely sight.
Soon the Tamaracks too will be bare and we can just fully appreciate the bones of all the trees. Although I know the feeling is not shared by all, I love this time of year! As EB White says in his Essays, I am “powerless to resist its wild embrace.”