We don’t have any sassafras that I have discovered at Roundrock, but over at Fallen Timbers the stuff grows like crazy, and I love it. I gave you a picture of some Fallen Timbers sassafras some time ago, but now on our recent return I found that the fall colors are arriving.
Only the sumacs and the sassafras — and the Virginia Creeper high in the tall trees — were really turning in earnest, though some of the oaks were taking on a brown/orange tinge, and we found one ash that had already gone purple. It won’t be long in any case. As I sat in the comfy chair at our new camp at Roundrock, I watched a cardinal hop from branch to branch in the trees beyond me, getting ever closer to the ground. Only when the cardinal reached the ground and stayed there did I realize it was actually the red fallen leaf of a Virginia Creeper.
Curiously, the single leaf on the sassafras tree above was the only one that had changed to vivid red. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this phenomenon before, but more commonly I’ll see a number of red leaves on an otherwise green sassafras tree — not a single red leaf.
One trouble with making only periodic trips to our woods is that we might miss the fall colors at their best. It always seems that there are one or two days where the colors are most vivid and diverse. After that, they begin to fade. If we’re not out at Roundrock on just the right weekend, we miss them. But I’ll take what I can get. Soon we’ll be kicking our way through all of the raspy fallen leaves and enjoying the season in another way.
- Pawpaw fruits ripen.
- Katydids sing in the trees at night.